Ralph Friedgen

Ralph Friedgen (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun / August 29, 2014)

Ralph Friedgen told Rutgers coach Kyle Flood his greatest gift as an offensive coordinator is to look at the players he has on offense and find a way to score.

Even at 67, Friedgen apparently still has that gift.

Behind Friedgen, a Rutgers offense that was so consistently bad last season put up 41 points and 496 yards of total offense during the Scarlet Knights' shootout win over Washington State Thursday night.

Friedgen had been out of football since being fired by Maryland in 2010, but was hired to be Rutgers’ offensive coordinator in January and given the task of improving an offense that ranked 95th in the nation last year.

So far, so good.

Quarterback Gary Nova threw a 78-yard touchdown on Rutgers’ first play from scrimmage, and running back Paul James ran for 173 yards and three touchdowns while averaging six yards per carry.

Friedgen and that Scarlet Knights offense will face tougher tests once Rutgers gets into the Big Ten portion of its schedule, but Friedgen is off to a good start.

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