PISCATAWAY – Rutgers played much better Friday night than it did against Washington a year ago.
Jake Browning threw two second-half touchdown passes as Washington topped Rutgers, 30-14 at High Point Solutions Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
The Scarlet Knights lost 48-13 at Washington a year ago in the first contest of this two-game home-and-home series, and aren’t scheduled to face Washington again anytime soon.
The Huskies drove 83 yards in 10 plays, the touchdown coming on Browning’s 7-yard pass to a completely unattended Lavon Coleman for a 17-7 lead.Browning drove Washington to the Rutgers 5 on the Huskies’ next possession before the Scarlet Knights’ defense stiffended, and Washingon settled for Tristan Vizcaino’s 23-yard field goal.
Washington upped its advantage to 27-7 on another TD catch by a running back.
On fourth down from the Washington 34, Bolin lofted a pass to a fairly well-covered Dacoven Bailey, who made a wonderful leaping catch.
Washington answered with a clock-eating drive that resulted in Vizcaino’s 42-yard field goal with 4:58 left in the fourth quarter, putting the Huskies ahead 30-14.Rutgers won the opening kickoff and deferred to the second half, making the Huskies go on offense first.
The Rutgers’ defense held, and Tristan Vizcaino kicked a 24-yard field with 56 seconds left in the quarter to cut the Washington deficit to 7-3.Washington’s Joel Whitford twice pinned Rutgers inside the 5 with punts, and twice Edwards barely was able to escape the end zone before being tackled for a would-be safety.
Rutgers tried to answer, but its next drive stalled at the Washington 29, and Andrew Harte was wide left on a 47-yard field-goal attempt with 13 seconds to go in the first half.