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Thursday, September 2, 2010
Defense powers Rutgers to 31-0 win

By Brian Bennett

Defense is supposed to be the strength of Rutgers this year, and that proved to be the case in the opener.

The Scarlet Knights pitched a 31-0 shutout of Norfolk State on Thursday. They allowed only 156 total yards and were dominant in the second half.

Of course, the defense did that all of last year, manhandling outmatched opponents. This defense is going to be good, but wake me when Rutgers plays a good team.

Offensively, there wasn't much to love about this game. Rutgers scored just two offensive touchdowns (one score came on a blocked punt). Things looked better in the second half, and Joe Martinek ran for over 100 yards, but every BCS team should be able to wear down an FCS defense in the second half. The Norfolk State defenders were cramping and collapsing left and right in the final two quarters.

Rutgers still has a long way to go to build a strong offense, but luckily it has another tune-up type game next against Florida International.

Also notable in the second half, true freshman Chas Dodd came in to play quarterback. Looks like he'll be the No. 2 behind Tom Savage this year instead of Steve Shimko, who's been injured.

Brandon Bing blocked two punts, including the one that was recovered for a touchdown.