The Wildcats took the early lead with a touchdown on their second possession, a 55-yard pass from Ricky Santos to David Bailey 6:32 into the game. Rutgers had an immediate answer, though, as Brian Leonard (Gouverneur, NY) punched the ball in from the one-yard line to even the score at 7-7 with 3:54 remaining in the opening period.
New Hampshire again went ahead by seven, thanks to a three-yard pass from Santos to Aaron Brown at the 9:11 mark of the second quarter. It would be short lived, however, as RU tied it up on an 11-yard touchdown reception by Sam Johnson (Midland Park, NJ) from Ryan Hart (Coral Springs, FL) six minutes later.
After a quick three-and-out series by the Wildcats, Rutgers engineered a six-play, 57-yard drive in just 1:07, as Hart connected with Chris Loomis (Maple Shade, NJ) for a 17-yard touchdown and a 21-14 lead at the 1:07 mark.
New Hampshire’s next drive lasted just three plays, ending with a Aaron Brown fumble that was forced by RU’s Jason Grant (Bayside, NY). Derrick Roberson (Oakland Park, FL) recovered the ball at the Rutgers 48-yard line with 25 seconds left in the half, and as time expired, freshman Jeremy Ito (Redlands, CA) converted a 48-yard field-goal attempt, giving the Scarlet Knights a 24-14 advantage as they entered the locker room.
The Wildcats cut that lead to three 4:24 into the second half as Santos hooked up with David Bell for a 10-yard completion, making the score 24-21 in Rutgers’ favor. UNH then pulled ahead with another Santos-to-Ball pass play, this one for 25 yards to push the Wildcats ahead 28-24 at the 2:11 mark.
Driving deep into Rutgers territory, New Hampshire threatened to add to its lead five minutes into the fourth quarter, but Joe Porter (Franklin, NJ) intercepted a pass in the end zone on a third-and-goal play from the seven-yard line.
On the Wildcats’ next possession, Santos threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Shaun Diner at the 6:04 mark, pushing New Hampshire ahead by 11 (35-24) and ending the scoring.
Hart connected on 30 of 50 passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Leonard registered 88 yards on 23 carries and 39 yards on five receptions for 127 all-purpose yards, his seventh straight. Tres Moses (Delray Beach, FL) led the Rutgers receiving corps with his 84 yards on a career-high nine receptions. Ito made on of two field-goal and all three extra-point attempts. Terry Bynes (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) made nine total tackles to lead the Rutgers defense. Porter registered seven stops, including two tackles for loss, one interception and two passes broken up.
The Scarlet Knights will be back in action Saturday, Sept. 18, against Kent State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Rutgers Stadium.
NCAAF FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW HAMPSHIRE 7 7 14 7 35 RUTGERS 7 17 0 0 24 FINAL SCORING SUMMARY 1ST QUARTER: NEW HAMPSHIRE - TD, DAVID BAILEY 55 YD PASS FROM RICKY SANTOS (CONNOR MCCORMICK KICK), 6:32. NEW HAMPSHIRE 7-0 RUTGERS - TD, BRIAN LEONARD 1 YD RUN (JEREMY ITO KICK), 11:06. NEW HAMPSHIRE 7-7 2ND QUARTER: NEW HAMPSHIRE - TD, AARON BROWN 3 YD PASS FROM RICKY SANTOS (CONNOR MCCORMICK KICK), 5:49. NEW HAMPSHIRE 14-7 RUTGERS - TD, SAM JOHNSON 11 YD PASS FROM RYAN HART (JEREMY ITO KICK), 11:39. NEW HAMPSHIRE 14-14 RUTGERS - TD, CHRIS LOOMIS 17 YD PASS FROM RYAN HART (JEREMY ITO KICK), 13:58. RUTGERS 21-14 RUTGERS - FG, JEREMY ITO 48 YD, 14:57. RUTGERS 24-14 3RD QUARTER: NEW HAMPSHIRE - TD, DAVID BALL 10 YD PASS FROM RICKY SANTOS (CONNOR MCCORMICK KICK), 4:24. RUTGERS 24-21 NEW HAMPSHIRE - TD, DAVID BALL 25 YD PASS FROM RICKY SANTOS (CHRISTOPHER MCCLURG KICK), 12:49. NEW HAMPSHIRE 28-24 4TH QUARTER: NEW HAMPSHIRE - TD, SHAUN DINER 20 YD PASS FROM RICKY SANTOS (CONNOR MCCORMICK KICK), 8:56. NEW HAMPSHIRE 35-24
Moses Continues Catch Streak
It didn’t take WR Tres Moses long to continue his streak of 14 games with more than one catch. Moses grabbed a 20-yard pass from Ryan Hart on the first play of the game and then, three plays later, snagged a three-yard pass. He ended the first half with seven catches for 66 yards, and led Rutgers with 84 yards on a career-high nine catches.
Leonard’s Streak Continues
Fullback Brian Leonard gained 128 all-purpose yards in tonight’s game, rushing for 89 and catching five passes for 39 yards. He has now gained over 100 all-purpose yards in seven-straight games dating back to a 30-14 win over Temple on Oct. 25, 2003.
Date Opponent Rush Receiving All-Purpose
10/25/03 Temple 64 84 148
11/8/03 UConn 184 33 217
11/15/03 Boston College 99 45 144
11/22/03 Miami 52 54 106
11/29/03 Syracuse 138 45 183
9/4/04 Mich. St. 150 40 190
9/11/04 UNH 89 39 128
Seven-game totals – averages 110.95 48.57 159.5
Ito Ties RU Stadium Record
After hitting a 47-yarder, one of four successful field goals, in last week’s 19-14 win over Michigan State, freshman K Jeremy Ito connected on a 48-yard attempt to tie a Rutgers Stadium record, set on Aug. 31, 1996, by Nick Mike-Mayer vs. Villanova.
Hart Spreads the Offense, Moves Into Fifth Place on All-Time Yardage List
After hitting a career-high 10 different receivers with passes vs. MSU last week, QB Ryan Hart connected with nine different players in the first half vs. UNH tonight. He also threw for 307 yards in the game, passing three different former RU signal callers to move into fifth place on Rutgers’ career yardage list with 3,741 yards. Next up is Eric Hochberg (1982-85), fourth with 3,825 yards.
Hart Cracks Top 10 in Touchdown Passes
With his 17-yard scoring strike to Chris Loomis with 1:02 remaining in the first half, Ryan Hart moved past Leo Gasiencia and Eric Hochberg into 10th place on the career list for touchdown passes with 19. Next up in eighth place are Ed McMichael and Tom Tarver with 20 apiece.
Hart Sets Stadium Record for Completions
With his 30 completions tonight Ryan Hart established a Rutgers Stadium (old or new) for completions in a single game. The previous ‘old’ stadium record was 29, set by Rich Poliscatro (vs. Lehigh 10/11/69). The previous ‘new’ stadium record was 27, held by Hart (vs. Pittsburgh 10/18/03) and Mike McMahon (vs. Villanova 9/22/00).
Leonard Is First Offensive Player to Reach Endzone
With a one-yard run at the 3:54 mark of the first quarter, Brian Leonard scored Rutgers’ first offensive touchdown of the season after leading the team in scoring (86 points) a year ago. Leonard received 49% of the votes in a poll on www.scarletknights.com which asked fans, “Who will score the first touchdown this season?”
Foster Nets Career High
Sophomore WR Willie Foster’s first grab of the game, for 26 yards, established a career high, besting a catch of 17 yards at Miami on Nov. 22 of last season.
First Career Start
Senior DT J’Vonne Parker made his first career start tonight. He started at defensive tackle alongside Luis Rivas, who was making his second-straight start this season after starting eight of the first nine games in 2003. True freshman Dimitri Linton saw his first collegiate action (on punt block) as did Brad Listorti, who also saw time on special teams.
Attendance Is Over 30,000 Once Again
Tonight’s attendance of 31,615 marks the second-straight attendance figure of over 30,000 (after last week’s Rutgers Stadium-record crowd of 42,612). Last season, RU had two figures of over 30,000, including a season-high 32,382 vs. Navy on Sept. 27. Over the last seven home games, Rutgers is averaging 30,464 fans per game, dating back to the game vs. Navy.
Rutgers Allows First Sacks of 2004
After not allowing a sack in the season-opening win vs. Michigan State, Rutgers gave up four tonight vs. UNH, accounting for –33 yards.