Scores

Final

Howard 0

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Rutgers 26

(2-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

3:30 PM ET, September 8, 2012

High Point Solutions Stadium, PISCATAWAY, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
HOW 0 0 0 00
RUTG 7 12 7 026

Top Performers

Passing: G. Nova (RUTG) - 130 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Jamison (RUTG) - 10 CAR, 110 YDS

Receiving: B. Coleman (RUTG) - 2 REC, 48 YDS, 2 TD

Rutgers' D delivers coach Kyle Flood's first home victory

Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Gary Nova threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Coleman, and Rutgers' swarming defense limited Howard to 149 total yards Saturday, giving Kyle Flood a 26-0 victory in his first home game as the Scarlet Knights' coach.

Nova and Coleman combined on scoring passes of 32 and 16 yards as Rutgers got off to its second 2-0 start in three seasons.

Savon Huggins scored on a 1-yard run and cornerback Brandon Jones scored his second touchdown in as many games, jogging 6 yards with a blocked punt, one of two that led to touchdowns.

Howard (1-1) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference had a chance to take an early lead after Julien David intercepted Nova on the opening series, and the Bison eventually got a first-and-goal at the 2 after a pass interference penalty.

William Parker, however, fumbled a third-down pitch, and defensive tackle Scott Vallone recovered.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOW
RUTG
1st Downs1216
Total Yards149321
Passing75130
Rushing74191
Penalties7-7111-92
3rd Down Conversions6-177-13
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers11
Possession31:1628:44

Passing Leaders

HowardC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cunningham9/18683.800
RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nova15/271304.821

Rushing Leaders

HowardCARYDSAVGTDLG
Parker11514.6042
Freeman15322.1018
RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jamison1011011.0064
Martin10484.8011

Receiving Leaders

HowardRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson4297.3015
Duncan2189.0011
RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coleman24824.0232
Jamison12525.0025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOWRUTG
TD02:08Savon Huggins 1 Yd Run (Kyle Federico Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERHOWRUTG
TD12:47Brandon Jones 6 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Pat Failed) 013
TD07:05Brandon Coleman 32 Yd Pass From Gary Nova (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 019
THIRD QUARTERHOWRUTG
TD02:07Brandon Coleman 16 Yd Pass From Gary Nova (Kyle Federico Kick) 026