Julian Miller hadn't recovered a fumble in almost three years. On Saturday he recovered two, both by Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova. But he also had to fight for both under a pile of players.
"I can honestly say I've got some aches and pains now,'' Miller said. "They aren't from the whole game, but from the bottom of those piles.''
Doug Rigg played for the first time since breaking a bone in his wrist against LSU, but his replacement stayed in, too. Jewone Snow stayed at middle linebacker while Goode and Rigg played the outside spots. That left Casey Vance as the odd man out.
The 80-yard run Tavon Austin made for a touchdown on a reverse wasn't a play called because of the weather but was actually one of the things Holgorsen thought would work against Rutgers no matter the conditions.
"On our script it was actually the first play of the game,'' Holgorsen said of a play where the play action goes to the side where Austin is in the slot and he comes back against the grain to take a handoff. "We couldn't run it the first play, though, because we were on the wrong hash.''
Geno Smith's go-ahead 1-yard run was the first rushing touchdown of his career. It came on a designed pass play that wasn't open.
"It's never been an option,'' Smith said. "But sometimes you just have to make a play.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.