Rutgers' goal: Don't look past Howard

Posted: September 08, 2012

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Kyle Flood seemingly has an easy one - a gimme, if you will - in his first home game at head coach at Rutgers.

Coming off a career-opening win over Tulane in New Orleans, Flood's Scarlet Knights will take on Howard (1-0) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. They are 8-0 against teams in that Football Championship Subdivision conference and have outscored their last two opponents, 79-0, in games the past two years.

The last time Howard visited High Point Solutions Stadium, the Bison were beaten, 45-7, in 2009.

If there is a concern for Rutgers, it would be looking past Howard to next weekend's Big East opener against South Florida, the team picked to finish second behind Louisville. The Scarlet Knights were selected third.

Flood believes his veteran team is smart enough to not look past the Bison, who posted a 30-29 win over Morehouse College last week. Linebacker Khaseem Greene, the Big East defensive player of the year last season, said bad things happen when you lose focus.

"It's kind of like how your parents tell you when you're younger, 'Don't touch the stove because it's hot.' You want to touch it anyway," Greene said. "I feel like it's on us as the older guys - guys that had a chance to touch the stove - to make sure those guys don't do the same thing."

The Bison got a big game last week from true freshman quarterback Jamie Cunningham, who threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to David Wilson with 22 seconds remaining.

Cunningham will face a defense that limited Tulane to 262 yards, including eight yards rushing, and scored a touchdown on an interception return by Brandon Jones.

Offensively, Jawan Jamison ran for 112 yards and scored on a 46-yard run, while QB Gary Nova threw a 43-yard scoring pass to Brandon Coleman.

Utah State 27, Utah 20 - Kerwynn Williams scored on a 1-yard run in overtime to give the Aggies their first win over the Utes since 1997 in Logan, Utah.

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