Rutgers running away at Maryland

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

After a mostly dreadful first half, Rutgers bounced back with a runaway performance in the second half at Maryland.

The Scarlet Knights got their second defensive score of the game when Joe Lefeged forced a Chris Turner fumble in the end zone that George Johnson recovered for a touchdown. The offense finally started contributing in the fourth quarter, especially running back Joe Martinek. He has a 29-yard touchdown and a 61-yard score during a 146-yard day.

This was a win Rutgers really needed to have any credibility at all, given the general awfulness of its nonconference schedule. And it should help build a lot of confidence.

The Big East is about to go 2-0 against the ACC today, though Pitt is in a real dogfight at NC State.