It was a ho-hum game against one of the worst teams in FBS, so it was hard to blame Scarlet Knights fans for being less than fired up about a 27-14 win.
But after all that has gone on with Rutgers football over the last month - the suspended coach, the suspended best offensive player, the six players dismissed after being arrested - anything to lighten the mood around the program was welcome.
"Coming out with a win, it's a positive for this university," running back Paul James said.
The game was the first for Rutgers at home since coach Kyle Flood was suspended three games for having impermissible communication with a faculty member about a player's academic status. Flood has one more game to miss when Rutgers faces No. 2 Michigan State at home in two weeks.