A low snap on a Kent State punt attempt with 3:04 to play in the first quarter resulted in the game’s first points, as the ball went out of the back of the end zone to give Rutgers a safety and a 2-0 lead.
The Scarlet Knights then scored the game’s first touchdown, a 19-yard pass from Ryan Hart (Coral Springs, FL) to Clark Harris (Manahawkin, NJ) with 1:13 remaining in the first quarter. Jeremy Ito’s (Redlands, CA) extra point gave RU a 9-0 lead.
Another low punt snap found KSU kicker Joshua Brazen with the ball at the back of the end zone. Rutgers’ Orlando Kane (Lawrenceville, NJ) applied the hit, forcing the ball loose and into the waiting hands of Corey Barnes (Miami, FL) for a Scarlet Knight touchdown 43 seconds into the second quarter.
A 17-yard Kent State touchdown pass at the 10:19 mark cut the Rutgers lead to nine (16-7), but RU answered on the next drive, when Hart slung the ball out to an open Brian Leonard (Gouverneur, NY) in the flat, and he hurdled over a Golden Flash defender to score from five yards out. Ito’s extra point again extended the Rutgers lead to 16 (23-7), a score that would hold for the remainder of the half.
Kent State scored the only points of the third quarter, a two-yard rushing touchdown at the 6:42 mark, to make the score 23-14 in Rutgers’ favor.
Ito continued his perfect kicking effort, converting a 24-yard field-goal attempt with 13:05 to play in the game, to push the Scarlet Knights ahead 26-14.
An 18-yard touchdown run by KSU quarterback Joshua Cribbs pulled the Golden Flashes to within five points (26-21, 8:52), but Ito’s 22-yard field goal with 5:43 remaining made it an eight-point game (29-21). Kent State moved the ball to the Rutgers 14-yard line on the next drive, but two passes on third and fourth down were beyond the reach of the Golden Flash receivers. Then, in the game’s final moments, Joe Porter (Franklin, NJ) thwarted Kent State’s final comeback attempt with his interception at the Rutgers 26-yard line, and the Scarlet Knights were able to kneel on the ball and run the game’s final 61 seconds off the clock.
Hart completed 19 of 30 passes for 238 yards, throwing two touchdowns. Justise Hairston (New Britain, CT) carried the ball 14 times for a team-high 57 yards, while Harris had a career day with his six catches, 108 receiving yards and first career touchdown. Leonard kept his all-purpose yardage streak alive with his 104 total yards (34 rushing, 70 receiving), marking the eighth-straight game that he has eclipsed the century mark.
The Rutgers defense held Kent State to 30 yards rushing on 38 carries and caused eight fumbles, three of them recovered by Scarlet Knights -- Barnes, Terry Bynes (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) and J’vonne Parker (Newark, NJ). The eight sacks resulted in a loss of 76 yards, led by Gary Gibson’s (Jamesville, NY) three. Derrick Roberson (Oakland Park, FL) led the Rutgers defense with nine tackles, five of them solo, and three passes broken up.
Rutgers will next enjoy a bye week, followed by the Scarlet Knights’ BIG EAST Conference season opener Oct. 2 at Syracuse.
Box Score (Final) Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score ----------------- -- -- -- -- ----- Kent State.......... 0 7 7 7 - 21 Record: (1-2) Rutgers............. 9 14 0 6 - 29 Record: (2-1) Scoring Summary: 1st 03:04 RUTGERS - TEAM safety, , KENT 0 - RUTGERS 2 01:13 RUTGERS - HARRIS, Clark 19 yd pass from HART, Ryan (ITO, Jeremy kick), 5-46 1:44, KENT 0 - RUTGERS 9 2nd 14:17 RUTGERS - BARNES, Corey 0 yd fumble recovery (ITO, Jeremy kick), KENT 0 - RUTGERS 16 10:19 KENT - PRUDEN, Najah 17 yd pass from CRIBBS, Joshua (MAYLE, Travis kick), 14-77 3:52, KENT 7 - RUTGERS 16 06:10 RUTGERS - LEONARD, Brian 5 yd pass from HART, Ryan (ITO, Jeremy kick), 9-80 4:09, KENT 7 - RUTGERS 23 3rd 06:42 KENT - McCLAUDE, R. 2 yd run (MAYLE, Travis kick), 10-71 4:18, KENT 14 - RUTGERS 23 4th 13:05 RUTGERS - ITO, Jeremy 24 yd field goal, 13-50 5:53, KENT 14 - RUTGERS 26 08:52 KENT - CRIBBS, Joshua 18 yd run (MAYLE, Travis kick), 9-80 4:06, KENT 21 - RUTGERS 26 05:43 RUTGERS - ITO, Jeremy 22 yd field goal, 7-66 3:05, KENT 21 - RUTGERS 29 KENT RUTGERS FIRST DOWNS................... 24 17 RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 38-30 36-88 PASSING YDS (NET)............. 311 238 Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 47-29-1 30-19-2 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 85-341 66-326 Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards............ 2-0 1-8 Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 4-71 4-93 Interception Returns-Yards.... 2-66 1-7 Punts (Number-Avg)............ 5-38.6 5-41.6 Fumbles-Lost.................. 8-3 1-1 Penalties-Yards............... 12-108 10-82 Possession Time............... 31:19 28:41 Third-Down Conversions........ 10 of 20 6 of 15 Fourth-Down Conversions....... 2 of 5 0 of 1 Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 3-5 4-5 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 0-0 8-76 RUSHING: Kent State-CRIBBS, Joshua 24-34; ALSTON, David 10-5; McCLAUDE, R. 1-2; DOWERY, Darrell 1-1; TEAM 2-minus 12. Rutgers-HAIRSTON, Justi 14-57; LEONARD, Brian 20-34; HART, Ryan 2-minus 3. PASSING: Kent State-CRIBBS, Joshua 29-47-1-311. Rutgers-HART, Ryan 19-30-2-238. RECEIVING: Kent State-DOWERY, Darrell 14-145; ALSTON, David 6-27; PRUDEN, Najah 3-63; McELROY, Tyrell 1-24; NEWTON, Charles 1-21; BUSH, Derrick 1-13; BELL, Brian 1-9; HILL, Marcus 1-5; BARCUS, Joey 1-4. Rutgers-LEONARD, Brian 8-70; HARRIS, Clark 6-108; BAKER, Chris 2-19; DANIELS,Marcus 1-27; FOSTER, Willie 1-8; MOSES, Tres 1-6. INTERCEPTIONS: Kent State-YOUNG, Usama 1-21; ELAM, Abram 1-45. Rutgers-PORTER, Joe 1-7. FUMBLES: Kent State-CRIBBS, Joshua 3-1; DOWERY, Darrell 2-1; TEAM 2-1; ALSTON, David 1-0. Rutgers-HAIRSTON, Justi 1-1. Stadium: Rutgers Stadium Attendance: 25415 Kickoff time: 7:07pm End of Game: 10:29pm Total elapsed time: 3:22 Officials: Referee: Tom Tomczyk; Umpire: Greg Brenner; Linesman: Joseph Griesser; Line judge: Wayne Mackie; Back judge: Paul Vargo; Field judge: Bruce Williams; Side judge: James Coleman; Scorer: Gregg Stewart; Temperature: 62 F Wind: NE 20mph Weather: Cloudy, scat showers
Post Game Notes
HART MOVES INTO FOURTH PLACE ON RU PASSING YARDS LIST
With 238 passing vs. Kent State, junior QB Ryan Hart moved past Eric Hochberg (1982-85) and into fourth place on the RU all-time passing yardage list, and moved past Hochberg on the all-time completions list.
RU Top Five, All-Time Passing Yards
1. Scott Erney (1986-89) 7,188
2. Mike McMahon (1997-99) 6,608
3. Ray Lucas (1992-95) 5,896
4. Ryan Hart (2002-) 3,979
5. Eric Hochberg (1982-85) 3,825
RU Top Five, All-Time Completions
1. Scott Erney (1986-89) 614
2. Ray Lucas (1992-95) 514
2. Mike McMahon (1997-99) 482
4. Ryan Hart (2002-) 354
5. Eric Hochberg (1982-85) 337
HART RECORDS CAREER TD PASS NUMBER 21; NOW EIGHTH ON ALL-TIME RU LIST
With two TD passes in the game, Hart now has 21 for his career and is in eighth place on the Rutgers chart. Next on the list are Brian Fortay (1992-93) and Bert Kosup (1974, 76-77) with 25 each.
HARRIS HAS CAREER HIGHS IN RECEPTIONS, YARDS; FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN
Junior TE Clark Harris posted career highs in receptions (six) and yards (108) vs. Kent State. Harris’ 19-yard first-quarter TD from QB Ryan Hart was his first career touchdown. Harris has caught at least three passes in each of RU’s first three games. Harris’ previous career high in receiving yards was 67 vs. Michigan State on 9/4/04. Harris’ 108 yards are the most by a Rutgers TE since Marco Battaglia pulled in nine passes for 121 yards vs. Boston College on 11/24/95.
BARNES SCORES FIRST CAREER TD
Junior WR Corey Barnes recorded his first career TD in the second quarter vs. Kent State when he recovered a fumble in the Kent State end zone. Orlando Kane jarred the ball loose from Kent State punter Joshua Brazen and Barnes pounced on the loose ball. Barnes had previously thrown a TD pass to WR Shawn Tucker (36 yards) vs. Boston College on Nov. 30, 2002.
RU’S FIRST SAFETY SINCE NOV. 15, 2003, VS. BOSTON COLLEGE
Rutgers’ first-quarter safety vs. Kent State was the Scarlet Knights’ first safety since Nov. 15, 2003, when DE Raheem Orr sacked BC QB Paul Peterson in the end zone.
MOSES CONSECUTIVE RECEPTIONS
With his first catch of the game vs. Kent State, a six-yard reception that went for a first down at 6:38 mark of the first quarter, senior WR Tres Moses has now had at least one reception in 15 straight games.
MOSES CAREER LONG KICKOFF RETURN
Tres Moses’ 41-yard third-quarter kickoff return vs. Kent State was a career long.
EIGHT SACKS VS. KENT STATE
The eight sacks by Rutgers were the most sacks by a Rutgers team in the Greg Schiano era. The previous high sack total under Schiano was five, accomplished three previous times.
LEONARD OVER 100 IN ALL-PURPOSE YARDS FOR EIGHTH STRAIGHT GAME
With his 104 all-purpose yards vs. Kent State (70 receiving, 34 rushing) junior RB Brian Leonard has now surpassed the 100-yard mark in all-purpose yardage in eight straight games.
KANE IS SPECIAL
Sophomore WR Orlando Kane came up with two big special teams plays in the second quarter vs. Kent State. Kane forced the fumble on punter Joshua Brazen in the end zone, and then made the tackle on the ensuing Kent State kickoff return at the Golden Flashes’ 23-yard line.
HAIRSTON SEASON-HIGH RUSHING YARDAGE
Sophomore RB Justice Hairston rushed for a season-high 57 yards on 14 carries vs. Kent State.
MARCUS DANIELS CAREER-LONG RECEPTION
Sophomore WR Marcus Daniels’ 27-yard fourth-quarter reception, which came on a third-down play, was a career long. The reception led to a 22-yard Jeremy Ito field goal.
RUTGERS VS. KENT STATE
With today’s 29-21 win over Kent State, Rutgers now has a 2-0 record vs. the Golden Flashes. These teams met in the first game at the ‘New” Rutgers Stadium on Sept. 3, 1994, with the Scarlet Knights earning a 28-6 victory.
RUTGERS VS. THE MAC
Rutgers now has a 6-2-1 all-time record vs. teams that currently are members of the Mid-American Conference. Kent State marked the first MAC foe Rutgers has faced since defeating Buffalo 24-10 in the season opener last year.