Rutgers destroy Wagner as even the short end throws a touchdown


Tight end Johnny Langan threw and caught a touchdown pass as Rutgers rolled to a 66-7 rout of Wagner on Saturday in Piscataway, NJ

Highly touted rookie Gavin Wimsatt made his first career start at quarterback, but Rutgers coach Greg Schiano continued to jockey the position between the redshirt freshman rookie and third-year second Evan Simon. Veteran flagger Noah Vedral sat out with an upper body injury.

After Wagner opened the game with a 31-yard pass, Rutgers’ defense tightened up and stopped the Seahawks in fourth and fourth. Rutgers then raced down the field on an 11-play, 62-yard drive spanning 4:27, capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run from Kyle Monangai to take an early lead.

Simon then threw a 40-yard touchdown pass, Wimsatt added a 41-yard touchdown pass and Langan joined Isaiah Washington on a 43-yard touchdown pass as the Scarlet Knights (2-0) scored on their four first possessions.

Nick Kargman found Jayvin Little in the back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown pass to cap an eight-play, 75-yard drive early in the second quarter for Wagner (0-2).

Johnny Langan catches a touchdown pass in Rutgers’ blowout 66-7 win over Wagner. He also launched one.
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Simon threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Langan late in the second quarter to extend the Scarlet Knights’ lead to 38-7 at halftime.

Rutgers finished with 585 yards of offense including 323 yards rushing. Simon threw for 156 yards on 10 of 13 passes. Wimsatt completed 4 of 11 passes for 63 yards. Samuel Brown had a pair of touchdown points for the Scarlet Knights. Al-Shadee Salaam and Rashad Rochelle each ran for points.

Wagner was limited to just 19 rushing yards and 111 total yards.


Rutgers did what they were supposed to do against the outclassed Northeastern Conference team. Going to Temple next week serves as a bit more of a test, but the Scarlet Knights have a chance of going 3-0 when they host Iowa on Sept. 24.

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