Freshman quarterback Johnathan Lewis ran for four touchdowns and passed for another in part-time action Saturday, and host Rutgers defeated Morgan State 65-0 to snap an 11-game losing streak.
Lewis took only five first-half snaps and didn't lead a full drive until late in the third quarter, but the highly touted recruit gave a potential glimpse of the future in the victory.
The last win for Rutgers (1-2) was nearly a year ago, when it defeated New Mexico 37-29, before ending the season on a nine-game skid and going winless in the Big Ten.
DeAndre Harris made the start at quarterback over Elijah Staley for Morgan State. Staley checked in the game early in the second quarter on Morgan State's third drive of the game.
“We want to compete against those guys and put together a game plan that is going to give us opportunities to be successful. Obviously, today, we weren't good enough,” Morgan State coach Fred Farrier said. “We have to find a way to go back to the drawing board, figure that out and make sure we are putting our kids in the right positions and developing confidence in those kids to compete against anyone in any point in time, because all those football fields are 100 yards by 53 yards.”
After gaining 22 yards and one first down on the first two drives against the FCS Bears (0-3), Rutgers' offense was sparked by Robert Martin's 13-yard touchdown run to cap a drive in which the running back had four carries for 32 yards.
Kyle Bolin (11-of-17 passing for 140 yards) threw a touchdown pass to Jerome Washington before Lewis came in and threw his first collegiate pass to Nakia Griffin-Stewart, an 18-yard touchdown toss for a 21-0 lead with 8:45 left in the first half.
Lewis ran for a 16-yard touchdown, followed by a botched extra point, giving Rutgers a 27-0 lead with 3:05 left in the half. He had a 2-yard run on Rutgers' final possession of the first half to put Rutgers up 34-0.
Towson 16, St. Francis (Pa.) 14: After a penalty against each team, Aidan O’Neill kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to lift the visiting Tigers (2-1) over the Red Flash (2-1).
St. Francis had won its previous 10 games at DeGol Field.
Towson was called for a holding penalty on a last-minute drive, moving the Tigers back to their side of the field. Two plays later, the Red Flash (2-1) were called for targeting and moved Towson back over midfield.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stover helped Towson pick up two first downs before taking a knee in the middle of the field to set up the game-winning field goal.
Bowie State 66, St. Augustine's 20: The visiting Bulldogs (3-0) outscored the Falcons (0-3), 28-0, in the second half.
Junior Amir Hall had 433 passing yards, a school record, and redshirt senior Robert Chesson (Old Mill) had 130 rushing yards. Hall ranked second on the team in rushing with 89 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt junior Brandon Britton (St. Frances) recorded a personal career-best four receiving touchdowns, setting a new Bowie State single game record.
Leading the stingy Bulldogs defense was junior Roger Richardson with six total tackles in the win. Senior Daivon Nixon (Meade), redshirt junior DeVonte' High and sophomore William Flowers, II (Mervo) accounted for five tackles each in the whitewash.
Johns Hopkins 37, Moravian 7: The host Blue Jays (3-0, 2-0 Centennial Conference) outscored the Greyhounds (0-3), 27-0, over the final 35 minutes.
Hopkins turned a 10-7 lead into a 30-point victory. The Blue Jays rolled up a season-high 576 yards and held Moravian to 273 in winning their 44th consecutive regular season game.
Johns Hopkins led 10-0 early before the Greyhounds put together a 14-play, 78-yard drive that took more than six minutes and was capped off by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Doug Erney to Aaron Brown with 5:50 left in the second quarter. By halftime, the Blue Jays had pushed their 10-7 lead to 27-7 with three scoring drives that took less than two minutes.
Stevenson 52, FDU-Florham 14: Preston Addo caught two ltouchdown passes and had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown to lead the visiting Mustangs (2-1, 1-1 Middle Atlantic Confernece) past the Devils (1-2, 0-2).
Addo had touchdown receptions of 67 and 80 yards in the second quarter as he finished with three receptions for 149 yards. His 83-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth was his second career punt return score, as he returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown last season at Widener. He has the only two punt return touchdowns in program history.
Franklin & Marshall 43, McDaniel 41: Tanner Erisman completed a 40-yard touchdown pass to K.J. Pretty with 10:14 left in the game to complete a come-back-victory by the host Diplomats (3-0, 2-0 Centennial Conference).
Tucker Evans made a 68-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown to give the Green Terror (2-1, 1-1) a 21-18 lead with 25 seconds left in the first quarter. McDaniel led 41-31 to start the fourth quarter before Erisman completed two touchdown passes. He went 18 of 31 for 285 yards and five touchdown passes.
Salisbury 21, Kean 13: Brandon Lewis threw two touchdown passes and Brian Legue had a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown to lead the visiting Sea Gulls (2-1, 2-0 New Jersey Athletic Conference) past the Cougars (0-2, 0-1).
After halftime with Salisbury ahead, 14-13, the game became a defensive struggle with the teams combining for 81 yards of total offense in the third quarter before the Sea Gulls went for an 83-yard drive to push its lead to eight points.
Lewis went 9-for 12 for 157 yards and threw two touchdown passes.
Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.