GAMEDAY College Football

Rutgers 45, Delaware 13

By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Three games into the season, Rutgers found its big-play offense.

Noah Vedral threw for two touchdowns and Isaih Pacheco ran for two more as the Scarlet Knights defeated Delaware 45-13 for its first 3-0 start since 2012.

Vedral found Bo Melton on a 28-yard touchdown pass on his opening possession. He hit Brandon Sanders on a 62-yarder for the other TD in helping the Scarlet Knights take 35-10 half lead over their FCS opponent.

Vedral said offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson pushed the group in practice.

"It's the little things; the little things," said Vedral, who was 21 of 25 for 323 yards. "We were close here and we were close there, kind of keeping us from kind of reaching this explosive potential that we always felt we had. So really big day for us to kind of put the pieces together and to see it come together on the field."

The statistics were impressive. Rutgers had a season-high 497 yards in total offense and didn't turn the ball over for the third straight game.

"I think any time you perform efficiently like that, that would help anybody's confidence," coach Greg Schiano said of Vedral. "Noah doesn't lack for confidence, though. He's a very confident guy because he prepares so well."

Pacheco tallied on runs of 20 and 7 yards, while Aaron Young plowed into the end zone from 6 yards out for the Big Ten Conference team. Aron Cruickshank excited the crowd of 40,129 with a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Nolan Henderson threw a 1-yard TD pass to Thyrick Pitts for the Blue Hens of the Colonial Athletic Conference. Ryan Coe had field goals of 53 and 41 yards for Delaware (2-1).

Henderson, who limped off the field in the third quarter, finished 11 of 20 for 98 yards. He was sacked five times. Dejoun Lee ran for 121 yards, with his 71-yard sideline scamper setting up the TD. The Blue Hens ran for 159 yards, including the 42 yards lost on the sacks.

Delaware coach Danny Rocco said he expected his team to play better, but he was satisfied with their effort. He also had no regrets about scheduling an FBS opponent.

"These are games our student athletes want to compete in," Rocco said. "Every now and then, you kind of dial it up just right. And you have an opportunity to take the game deep into the fourth quarter, and every now and then you find a way to win one. I was hopeful to do that today, and I'm disappointed that we were not able it."

The three wins matched Rutgers' (3-6) total in 2020 when Schiano returned for a second stint. He led the Scarlet Knights to six bowl appearances between 2001-11.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter DelRut
Rut TD 9:34 Bo Melton 28 yard TD pass from Noah Vedral (Valentino Ambrosio Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter DelRut
Rut TD 12:39 Isaih Pacheco 20 yard TD run (Valentino Ambrosio Extra Point) 0 14
Del TD 11:46 Thyrick Pitts 1 yard TD pass from Nolan Henderson (Ryan Coe Extra Point) 7 14
Rut TD 11:28 Brandon Sanders 62 yard TD pass from Noah Vedral (Valentino Ambrosio Extra Point) 7 21
Del FG 7:37 Ryan Coe 53 yard field goal 10 21
Rut TD 4:22 Aaron Young 6 yard TD run (Valentino Ambrosio Extra Point) 10 28
Rut TD 2:12 Aron Cruickshank 62 yard punt return for TD (Valentino Ambrosio Extra Point) 10 35
Third Quarter DelRut
Rut FG 11:52 Valentino Ambrosio 34 yard field goal 10 38
Del FG 0:53 Ryan Coe 41 yard field goal 13 38
Fourth Quarter DelRut
Rut TD 10:16 Isaih Pacheco 1 yard TD run (Valentino Ambrosio Extra Point) 13 45
Team Stats
  Delaware Rutgers
First downs 14 25
  Rushing 9 11
  Passing 3 13
  Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-13, 23% 10-14, 71%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 33-162 37-161
Passing Yards 102 338
Return Yards 54 127
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-26-0 23-29-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 5-42 0-0
Punts 7 2
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-50 2-30
Delaware Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
N. Henderson 11 20 95 1 0
A. Paoletti 2 3 7 0 0
Z. Gwynn 0 3 0 0 0
Rutgers Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
N. Vedral 21 25 323 2 0
C. Snyder 2 2 15 0 0
J. Langan 0 2 0 0 0
Delaware Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Lee 15 121 8.1 0
K. Spruill 7 45 6.4 0
Q. Watson 1 23 23.0 0
A. Paoletti 4 15 3.8 0
N. Henderson 6 -42 -7.0 0
Rutgers Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Pacheco 13 69 5.3 2
C. Snyder 5 25 5.0 0
A. Young 4 19 4.8 1
J. Wright-Collins 5 19 3.8 0
N. Vedral 4 13 3.3 0
A. Cruickshank 2 10 5.0 0
K. Monangai 3 8 2.7 0
B. Sanders 1 -2 -2.0 0
Delaware Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Buckman 4 57 14.3 0
J. Townsend 1 11 11.0 0
G. Coleman II 1 8 8.0 0
Q. Watson 1 8 8.0 0
D. Lee 2 7 3.5 0
A. Haverstrom 1 6 6.0 0
J. Collins 1 4 4.0 0
T. Pitts 1 1 1.0 1
B. Brose 1 0 0.0
0
Rutgers Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Melton 5 121 24.2 1
B. Sanders 3 84 28.0 1
J. Langan 3 42 14.0 0
S. Jones 5 34 6.8 0
A. Cruickshank 3 26 8.7 0
A. Young 1 21 21.0 0
K. Monangai 1 9 9.0 0
I. Pacheco 2 1 .5 0
Delaware Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Rutgers Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Delaware Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Pastula 7 329 47.0
Rutgers Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Korsak 2 113 56.5
Delaware Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Rutgers Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Cruickshank 2 77 38.5
C. Dremel 1 12 12.0
Delaware Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Q. Watson 3 54 18.0
Rutgers Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Alaimo 1 0 0
A. Cruickshank 1 38 38.0
Delaware Missed FG
Player Length
Rutgers Missed FG
Player Length




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