Strasburg completed one pass in its win over host Washington, a little screen toss to Todd Dean that he ran for 32 yards. But the Rams didn’t need to successfully pass against the Patriots to win.
Strasburg could run. The Rams could also stop the run.
After building a 29-point lead, the Rams coasted home to a 29-14 win that moved their record to 2-0 and made Washington’s early record read 1-1.
Before the sun went down at Marcus Stadium, Strasburg had gone 66 yards in seven plays with its first possession to take a quick lead.
Washington’s task wasn’t any lighter when the Rams recovered an onside kick after scoring. But a poor snap with its quarterback in shotgun formation had the Rams punting.
Dean intercepted the first Washington pass . . . but once near the Patriot goal line he fumbled through the end zone . . . and the Patriots were returned the ball at their 20.
Following a series of punts, the Patriots were in trouble at their own three. Linebacker Rakwon White (who rushed for nearly 200 yards, including runs of 38, 34, and 33 yards) blocked a Washington punt out the back of the end zone for a safety and a 9-0 Strasburg lead.
A Troy Gordon run of 15 yards extended the shutout lead to 16-0 by halftime.
Strasburg’s first possession of the second half found White rumbling free some 33 yards and his second TD as the Rams took a 22-0 lead to the fourth period.
A lengthy nine-play Strasburg drive covered 73 yards as the Rams methodically chewed up the ground yards and the clock in moving ahead, 29-0.
Fourth quarter drives of 63 yards and then 34 yards gave Washington its two scores and its 14 points. Colin Gustines ran in from a yard away and then he threw one-yard to Derrick Brunson in the last minute for Washington’s two touchdowns.
Neither team did much through the air. Strasburg didn’t have to last Friday at Washington High. It could run effectively.