PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Sept. 2, 2014) – After guiding the Rutgers offense to 41 points in a balanced approach, offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen has been named Athlon Sports National Coordinator of the Week. The Scarlet Knights defeated Washington State on the road, 41-38, in Friedgen’s first game on head coach Kyle Flood’s staff.
The offense recorded 496 total yards in the game, with 281 through the air and 215 on the ground. The 41 points were the most in school history in a road season opener win against FBS competition.
Junior running back Paul James (Glassboro, N.J.) led the rushing attack with 173 yards and three touchdowns on a career-high 29 carries, while senior quarterback Gary Nova (Elmwood, Park, N.J.) threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns in a 16-of-27 effort. Junior wide receiver Leonte Carroo (Edison, N.J.) notched a career-high 151 yards on six receptions, including a 78-yard score on the first play from scrimmage. Rutgers and Auburn were the only schools in the nation to have a player with over 150 yards receiving and 170 yards rushing in week one action.
An accomplished coach at both the collegiate and professional levels, Friedgen is in his 43rd season coaching football.
Rutgers (1-0) opens its home schedule Saturday against Howard (0-1) at High Point Solution Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:01 p.m. and will be televised on BTN.
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