BRONX, N.Y. (December 28, 2013) – A 47-yard field goal by sophomore Kyle Federico (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) brought RU within three with less than nine minutes remaining, but 10 unanswered points by Notre Dame iced the contest, as the Irish defeated Rutgers, 29-16, in the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
The Scarlet Knights end the season 6-7 while No. 25 Notre Dame finished the year 9-4.
A Pinstripe Bowl record crowd of 47,122 watched a back-and-forth affair for the majority of the contest, with neither team leading by more than one possession until late in the fourth quarter.
Senior quarterback Chas Dodd (Lyman, S.C.) ended the day 9-of-26 for 155 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Junior wide receiver Brandon Coleman (Accokeek, Md.) led RU in receiving with two catches for 65 yards and a touchdown, while junior running back Paul James (Glassboro, N.J.) logged 48 yards on 10 attempts.
Coleman finished his career with 20 touchdown receptions. He moved into a share for the school record in touchdown receptions with Tim Brown.
A three-yard Tarean Folston touchdown at the 3:38 mark run all but put the game out of reach, as the Scarlet Knights gave the ball away on their next possession. The turnover allowed Kyle Brindza to kick his fifth field goal, making it a 29-16 game with 2:28 left.
Notre Dame’s Austin Collinsworth came down with an interception in the end zone as time expired to seal the Irish win.
A 47-yard field goal by Federico, one yard shy of his season long, brought RU within three points with 8:57 remaining in the fourth quarter. The drive was largely set up by another terrific return by true freshman Janarion Grant (Trilby, Fla.), who took the ball 44 yards to the Notre Dame 45-yard line.
The Irish scored consecutive field goals to distance themselves from RU to begin the second half. Brindza made it a 19-13 game with his fourth field goal of the contest at the 12:46 mark of the fourth quarter. The Irish went 90 yards on 15 plays to set up the 25-yard field goal.
Brindza kick a 26-yard field goal earlier in the half to give the Irish a 16-13 lead with 6:03 left. The Irish kicker originally missed an attempt from 31 yards out, but a running into the kicker penalty gave him another shot.
Both teams entered the halftime locker rooms tied, 13-13.
Federico tied the game at 13-13 with 8:35 left in the second quarter after the Scarlet Knights used a 12-play, 63-yard drive that reached the Irish 1-yard line. Highlighting thedrive was a 19-yard scramble by Dodd – a career-long – on third-and-10 from the Notre Dame 34-yard line to help setup the 18-yard field goal.
An interception of Dodd by Notre Dame’s Kendall Moore set the Irish up for a 38-yard field goal attempt after the defense forced a three-and-out. ND’s Kyle Brindza kicked the all dead center through the uprights, making it 13-10 with 12:59 left in the first half.
Two big throws and catches from Dodd to Coleman tied things up at 10-10 in the latter part of the first quarter. On the second play of the drive, Dodd hooked up with a fading Coleman for a 51-yard gain up the right sideline.
Three plays later Dodd went back to Coleman for a 14-yard strike, his fourth of the season. The receiving touchdown tied Coleman with Tim Brown for the most career receiving touchdowns (20) in school history.
Notre Dame went ahead 10-3 following a Scarlet Knight field goal, as the Irish put together a seven-play, 62-yard drive capped by an eight-yard TJ Jones touchdown.
RU went three-and-out on its first offensive possession of the game, but tied things up at 3-3 midway through the first quarter after a heads up play from junior Quentin Gause (Rochester, N.Y.). Forced to punt on fourth-and-12, senior Nick Marsh (Petaluma, Calif.), booted the ball to Notre Dame’s TJ Jones, who fumbled the ball on the return.
Gause immediately fell on the ball to give RU possession on the Notre Dame 21-yard line, setting up a 36-yard field goal by Federico four plays later to tie things at 3-3 with 8:00 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Irish struck first in the contest, as Brindza connected on a 21-yard field goal to give Notre Dame a 3-0 lead with 10:05 remaining in the first quarter.
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- LS Robert Jones played in his 51th straight game for Rutgers, tying Scott Vallone (2008-12) for the school record. Vallone hold the program record playing in a program-record 53 overall.
- P Nick Marsh also played in his 51st straight game, including three seasons at Utah before transferring to Rutgers.
- Rutgers had 10 players start all 13 games this season: WR Brandon Coleman, LT Keith Lumpkin, LG Kaleb Johnson, K Kyle Federico, DE Marcus Thompson, NT Isaac Holmes, DE Djwany Mera, WLB Kevin Snyder, MLB Steve Longa and P Nick Marsh.
- DE Jamil Merrell made his first start of the season and 18th overall of his career.
- Rutgers earned a bowl bid for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. The New Era Pinstripe Bowl marked the first time theScarlet Knights took on a ranked opponent in the postseason. RU is now 5-4 all-time in bowl games.
- Today’s game was the 50th all-time for Rutgers in a MLB venue and 12th at Yankee Stadium. RU is now 2-1 in the new Yankee Stadium and 1-1 in the New Era Pinstripe.
- Today’s game marked the fifth game between Rutgers and Notre Dame and second at a neutral site. The two programs met at the Polo Grounds in 1921.
- K Kyle Federico tied a career-best with three field goals and has now hit nine of his last 11 field goals dating back to the game at Louisville. He also converted three field goals at Fresno State (Aug. 29, 2013) and at USF (Sept. 13, 2012).
- WR Brandon Coleman tied the school record with his 20th career receiving touchdown in the first quarter. The 14-yard score from came on a third down. Coleman finished his career tied with Tim Brown (2006-09) for the RU career receiving touchdown record.
- Coleman also had a catch of 51 yards on the drive, making it the fifth reception of at least 50 yards in his career.
- QB Chas Dodd set a new career-best with 24 rushing yards in the game, including a 19-yard scamper to tie his career-long run.
- P Nick Marsh had 254 career kickoffs in his career before booting the first one of his career out-of-bounds. He also had a punt downed inside the 20-yard line, his 22nd of the season.
- KR Janarion Grant racked up 127 yards on three kick returns in the game, including one of 51 yards. The 127 kickoff return yards set a career-high for the true freshman.
- LB Steve Longa tied a team-high with 12 tackles. He finished the season with 123tackles, tops on the team. It was the most in a season by a middle linebacker at Rutgers since Gary Brackett’s 130 in 2002.
- SS Lorenzo Waters totaled a season-high 12 tackles.
- LB Quentin Gause contributed a career-high nine tackles and recovered a Notre Damefumble in the first quarter to set up a Rutgers field goal.