PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- The biggest second quarter in Rutgers' football history also produced a little controversy for coach Greg Schiano and his 13th-ranked Scarlet Knights.
The six-touchdown avalanche produced 277 yards in just 11 plays and 91 seconds. The lowlight for the Scarlet Knights (3-0) might have been the three time outs Schiano called at the end of the period in an attempt to pad a 45-0 lead.
"It irritated me a little bit," Norfolk State quarterback Casey Hansen said. "I guess they wanted to put up as many points as they could in the first half. That's not necessarily sportsmanlike. But that's the route they chose, and they got the job done."
Schiano defended the time outs, saying that he never lets up in the first half.
"If your starters are in there, you play the game the way you coach it," Schiano said. "Once you start changing your personnel then it's a different story."
A roughing the kicker penalty late in the half allowed the Spartans (1-1) to keep the ball, but Norfolk State coach Pete Adrian seemed to stare at the Rutgers' bench when he went on the field to help punter Brian Jackson, who suffered an Achilles' tendon injury.
Adrian downplayed the incident, although he seemed to have mixed feelings.
"Forty-eight-zip and you're calling three time outs at the end," Adrian said, getting the score wrong. "Hey, if that turns you on, it's fine. Everyone has a reason for what they are doing."
The two coaches shook hands after the game and spoke for about a minute, patting each other on the shoulders.
"That second quarter was probably the longest quarter of my 39-year coaching career and it felt like it would never end," Adrian said.
Schiano rested Teel, Rice and most of his skill players on offense in the second half.
The 59 points and the margin of victory were the biggest for Rutgers since a 59-0 win over Buffalo in 2000.
Teel started the biggest second quarter at the birthplace of college football (1869) with touchdown passes of 43 yards to Kenny Britt and 28 yards to Tiquan Underwood on consecutive plays from scrimmage for the Scarlet Knights.
Rice, who now has nine touchdowns this season, scored on runs of 22, 7 and 4 yards, before Teel ended the offensive fireworks with a 34-yard scoring pass to Britt.
The scoring drives covered 52, 28, 92, 46, 42 and 53 yards and lasted two, one, two, two, three and two plays. The total elapsed time for the six drives was one minute, 31 seconds, which is all the time Rutgers had the ball in the quarter.
"This just goes to show the explosiveness of this offense," said Underwood, who had four catches for 148 yards. "We have some great players and once we get it going the sky is the limit."
Remarkably, the big quarter came after Norfolk State forced Rutgers to punt on its first two possessions and then settle for a 30-yard field goal by Jeremy Ito with 4:45 left in the first quarter for a 3-0 lead.
Norfolk State, a championship subdivision team playing its first bowl subdivision opponent, had to feel good at that point.
The optimism didn't last long for the Spartans, who have yet to produce a winning season since joining then Division I-AA in 1997.
Teel and Britt connected on a deep post on the opening play of the second quarter for a touchdown. After Norfolk State came up short on a fake punt deep in its own territory, Teel found Underwood on a sideline fly pattern on the next play for a 17-0 lead.
Rutgers got the ball back at its own 8 after a punt, and Teel and Underwood hooked up on a 65-yard pass play to the Norfolk State 27 on first down. An illegal substitution penalty moved the ball five yards and Rice, who carried 12 times for 72 yards, scored on a great cutback run from the 22-yard line.
A short punt, a 32-yard pass from Teel to Underwood and a personal foul set up Rice's 7-yard TD run. A 23-yard pass to Underwood and a pass interference paved the way for Rice's final TD.
Teel covered the 53 yards on his final drive with passes of 19 and 34 yards to Britt, who had four catches for 121 yards.
"When you get it going like that it's special," said Teel, who completed 8-of-15 passes for 269 yards.
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