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Rutgers loses leading rusher James to knee injury after being hurt in victory against Navy

Rutgers running back Paul James (34) is assisted off the field after a play in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Navy in Annapolis, Md., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He did not return to the game. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Rutgers running back Paul James (34) is assisted off the field after a play in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Navy in Annapolis, Md., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. He did not return to the game. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

Rutgers running back Paul James will miss the rest of the season after he tore a knee ligament during the Scarlet Knights' victory against Navy.

James was the team's leading rusher and had 96 yards and a touchdown on seven carries against Navy on Saturday before taking a helmet to his knee. Coach Kyle Flood announced on Sunday that James tore the ACL in his right knee when he took a Navy player's helmet to his knee.

Rutgers beat Navy 31-24. Justin Goodwin ran for 104 yards for Rutgers and Desmon Peoples added 82 yards.

It's the second straight season James will be lost for some time to an injury. He broke his fibula against Arkansas and missed the next four games.