BRONX, N.Y. (November 12, 2011) – Rutgers used a late special teams play and a record-breaking day from Mohamed Sanu (South Brunswick, N.J.) to top Army inside Yankee Stadium on Saturday, 27-12. A fourth quarter punt block returned for touchdown by DB Jordan Thomas (Endicott, N.Y.) pushed the Scarlet Knights lead to a safe distance, while Sanu snagged 13 catches for 129 yards to set school and BIG EAST records for receptions in a season (94).
RU improved its record to 7-3 overall with the victory, while the loss dropped Army to 3-7.
With less than seven minutes remaining in the contest, Army was within striking distance, trailing 13-12 and punting back to the Scarlet Knights. Defensive back Wayne Warren (Salisbury, Md.) stepped up in a big way, blocking the punt, which was scooped up by Thomas and returned 32 yards to the end zone to set RU’s lead to 20-12.
Rutgers put the game away with help from RB Jawan Jamison (Starke, Fla.), who weaved 56 yards for the game’s final touchdown to secure the 27-12 victory.
The Scarlet Knights took the lead with a 38-yard touchdown strike from Chad Dodd (Lyman, S.C.) to Coleman to pull ahead 13-6 at the 10:45 mark in the third quarter. The touchdown was set up after three completions to Sanu earlier in the drive.
Army responded at the beginning of the fourth quarter with a two-yard scoring run from RB Larry Dixon to narrow RU’s lead to 13-12. The Black Knights had a chance to tie the game, but the extra point was wide right.
The Black Knights struck first in the game to go up 3-0, taking the opening drive to the Rutgers three-yard line after a 55-yard run by Dixon. The Scarlet Knights rose to the challenge, holding Army to an 18-yard field goal by Alex Carlton with 11:28 left in the first quarter.
Carlton added a 19-yard field goal with 2:32 on the clock to set the score at 6-0 in favor of Army to end the opening period.
Rutgers was initially on the scoreboard when Dodd connected with FB Michael Burton (Long Valley, N.J.) for a three-yard touchdown pass. A missed extra point left the score knotted at 6-6 with 2:09 left in the first half.
Rutgers returns to High Point Solutions Stadium next Saturday to face Cincinnati. With a win Saturday vs. the Bearcats, the Scarlet Knights will move into a tie for first place in the BIG EAST. The game time is to be announced.
POST GAME NOTES
Rutgers (7-3) defeated Army (3-7) 27-12 Saturday at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. With the results Saturday in BIG EAST play, Rutgers hosts Cincinnati next Saturday with a chance to move into a tie for first place in the conference with a win.
The Scarlet Knights moved to 2-7-1 all-time at Yankee Stadium. It was the first game for the Scarlet Knights in the famous ballpark in the Bronx since 1948 in the old Yankee Stadium vs. NYU.
Greg Schiano is now 7-0 in his career vs. Army as the Scarlet Knights won their eighth straight over the Black Knights. RU has won 12 of 13 against Army and now holds a 20-18 series edge vs. the Black Knights.
Game captains for the Scarlet Knights were senior OT Art Forst (Manasquan, N.J.), senior PK San San Te (Conover, N.C.), junior DT Scott Vallone (Central Islip, N.Y.) and senior LB Edmond Laryea (Staten Island, N.Y.).
For the 51st time under head coach Greg Schiano, Rutgers scored a non-offensive touchdown in the win. Junior DB Wayne Warren (Salisbury, Md.) blocked an Army punt with 6:36 remaining in the game and sophomore DB Jordan Thomas (Endicott, N.Y.) picked up the ball and raced 32 yards for the touchdown.
It marked the sixth non-offensive touchdown of the season for Rutgers, including the second special teams score in as many games for RU.
The six non-offensive touchdowns for the Scarlet Knights are the most for RU since scoring nine non-offensive touchdowns in 2009.
Rutgers held the nation’s top rushing offense to 228 yards. Army entered the game averaging 365.8 rushing yards per game and was held 137 yards below its season average.
Junior WR Mohamed Sanu (South Brunswick, N.J.) became the BIG EAST single-season record holder for receptions with 94 this year after his 13-reception performance vs. Army. Sanu broke Larry Fitzgerald’s BIG EAST single-season record of 92 receptions set in 2003. Sanu set a new Rutgers single-season mark as well today, passing Kenny Britt’s record year of 87 receptions set in 2008.
Sanu now has 94 receptions for 973 yards in 2011. He ranks sixth in school history for single-season receiving yards.
Sanu became the eighth player in school history to break the 2,000-yard mark receiving. He now has 2,030 yards receiving in his career, eighth in career history at Rutgers.
Sanu’s 129 yards receiving marked the ninth time in school history he has topped the century mark in a game, placing him in a tie for second in the career annals at Rutgers with Tim Brown (2006-09).
Sanu moved into third place in school history with 189 career receptions following the Army win. He moved ahead of Kenny Britt (178) in the record books with today’s 13-reception performance.
Redshirt freshman fullback Michael Burton (Long Valley, N.J) scored his first career touchdown on a three-yard reception from Chas Dodd (Lyman, S.C) in the first half.
Sophomore RB/KR Jeremy Deering (Tampa, Fla.) finished with 127 all-purpose yards, including a season-high 64 yards on the ground.
Redshirt freshman RB Jawan Jamison (Starke, Fla.) recorded the longest run of the season by a Scarlet Knight on his career-long 56-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
Junior LB Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.), who entered the game as the leading tackler in the BIG EAST, finished with a team-high 13 tackles. Greene went over the century mark for the season (105 tackles) as he wore jersey number 52 in honor of Eric LeGrand (Avenel, N.J.) in today’s game.
Junior LB Steve Beauharnais (Saddle Brook, N.J.) tied a career-high and season-high with nine tackles vs. the Black Knights.
Senior LB Patrick Kivlehan (West Nyack, N.Y.) set a career-best with seven tackles. His previous game-high was five against Cincinnati (9-7-09).
Sophomore DE Jamil Merrell (Bear, Del.) finished with career-highs in tackles (six) and tackles-for-loss (1.5).