SHI Stadium—The Scarlet Knights (4-1) came away with a 52-3 victory over Wagner (2-3) on Saturday afternoon at SHI Stadium. Facing the Seahawks in Piscataway for the second consecutive season, RU allowed less than seven points for the third time in 2023 and secured their best start to a season since the 2014 season.
Scarlet Knights quarterback Gavin Wimsatt went for 12-of-19 for 146 yards along with a four-yard touchdown to wide-receiver Christian Dremel. RU put up six rushing touchdowns on the day, which included two from Wimsatt and one apiece from RBs Ja’shon Benjamin, Samuel Brown V, Kyle Monangai and Aaron Young.
The defense allowed just 106 total yards on the day, holding Wagner to just six first downs and five completed passes. DL Aaron Lewis contributed five tackles and a season-high two sacks, while LB Mohamed Toure had seven tackles and added a half a sack.
The Seahawks enters its bye week with a 2-0 record in Northeast Conference (NEC) play and 2-3 mark overall, while the Scarlet Knights improve to 4-1 with today’s victory.
Wimsatt moved down the field with a touchdown drive to open the second quarter, capped off by a one-yard scoring run from Brown V. Wimsatt connected on several long passes to setup the score, which included a deep 41-yard completion to WR JaQuae Jackson and a 17-yard pass to Dremel to the one-yard line. Brown V’s touchdown made it 17-0 Scarlet Knights with nine minutes to play before the break.
Rutgers put one more touchdown before halftime. After Wimsatt pushed RU into goal-line territory with a 12-yard pass to Jackson, he rushed for a five-yard touchdown. A field goal from Wagner would follow in the final minutes, as Rutgers took a 24-3 lead into the half.
Wagner lone score of the afternoon came late in the second quarter. After a 67-yard kickoff return by sophomore Kobi Ray-Reed, Wagner advanced the ball into the red zone and got on the board with a 29-yard field goal by freshman Ryan Liszner.