Trailing by 18 (35-17) with less than nine minutes to play, Rutgers scored 13 points in the game’s next seven and a half minutes to get back within five (35-30). But, a controversial no-call by the officials on Rutgers’ onside kick attempt started WVU’s final drive at the Rutgers 45-yard line, essentially ending the Scarlet Knights’ chances of pulling off the upset.
After the Mountaineers scored the game’s first 14 points, Rutgers was ignited by a 30-yard completion on third down and seven from Ryan Hart (Coral Springs, FL) to Marcus Daniels (Miami, FL). That pass helped set up the Scarlet Knights’ first touchdown, a 27-yard catch by Tres Moses (Delray Beach, FL), to pull RU within seven (14-7) with 1:53 to play in the first quarter.
Hart hooked up again with Daniels, this time for 22 yards, to even the score at 14-14 with 8:43 remaining in the first half. West Virginia answered immediately with an 80-yard drive, one that resulted in a three-yard touchdown run, to put WVU back on top, 21-14. The Mountaineers’ second missed field-goal attempt of the game, this one as time expired, kept the score 21-14 in WVU’s favor at halftime.
Ryan Neill’s (Wayne Hills, NJ) sack effectively ended West Virginia’s next possession, and Rutgers was the recipient of excellent field position, starting its next drive on WVU’s 48-yard line. Jeremy Ito (Redlands, CA) capped a six-play drive with his 43-yard field goal, pulling RU to within four (21-17) at the 11:18 mark of the third quarter.
Those three points were the only ones put on the board by either team in the third quarter, but West Virginia was quick to reach the end zone in the fourth, completing a four-yard touchdown pass at the 12:10 mark to push its lead to 28-17. The Mountaineers scored again less than four minutes later to go ahead by 18 (35-17, 8:52) for their largest lead of the game.
That’s when Rutgers started its furious comeback, starting with a three-yard touchdown pass from Hart to Clark Harris (Manahawkin, NJ). Ito’s extra point with 5:31 remaining made the score West Virginia 35, Rutgers 24. The Mountaineers went three and out in their next series, punting into the end zone for a RU touchback.
Hart completed seven of 10 passes on the ensuing drive to help push the Scarlet Knights to inside the five-yard line, and Brian Leonard (Gouverneur, NY) rumbled in from two yards out to cut the lead to 35-30 with 1:22 remaining on the clock. Following a failed two-point conversion, Rutgers lined up for an onsides kick, which began with a fake kick by Michael Cortese (Jackson, NJ) moving to his left, followed by the actual kick by Ryan Sands (Shenendoah, PA) to his right. The ball was ruled untouched and out of bounds, and possession was given to West Virginia, but the Scarlet Knights were looking for an offsides call against WVU on the initial fake. Instead, West Virginia took over on the RU 45-yard line, and was able to run out the game’s final 1:13.
Hart completed 35 of 46 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns, moving him into third place on the Rutgers all-time completions (498) and fourth in all-time touchdown passes (31). Leonard registered his 11th consecutive cumulative 100-yard effort with 27 carries for 80 yards and seven catches for 37 yards. Moses caught a team-high eight passes for 94 yards, marking the 19th consecutive game the junior wide receiver has caught a pass. Daniels also established career highs in catches (six) and yards (84), and registered his first career touchdown.
On the defensive side, DeVraun Thompson (Piscataway, NJ) led the way with nine tackles, followed by Ron Girault (Spring Valley, NY) with seven. Neill had both of the Scarlet Knights’ sacks.
Rutgers will be back in action Nov. 6, with a 3:30 p.m. game at Boston College.
Hart Moves Into Fourth-Place on Career TD List
After a 27-yard TD pass from Ryan Hart to Tres Moses at the 1:53 mark of the
first quarter, Hart connected with Marcus Daniels on a 22-yard score in the
second quarter for his 30th career TD pass, tying Frank Burns for fourth on
Rutgers’ all-time list. He then threw another TD pass, connecting with
Clark Harris on a 3-yard TD. Below are the all-time leaders:
1. Ray Lucas 43 1992-95
2. Scott Erney 41 1986-89
Mike McMahon 41 1997-00
4. Ryan Hart 31 2002-present
5. Frank Burns 30 1945-48
Hart, with a career-high 35 completions this afternoon, also moved past Mike
McMahon for third place on the career completions list with 498. Next up is
second-place Ray Lucas, who completed 514 passes during his career (1992-95).
1. Scott Erney 614 1986-89
2. Ray Lucas 514 1992-95
3. Ryan Hart 498 2002-present
4. Mike McMahon 482 1997-00
Daniels Nets Career High in Yards, First Career TD
Sophomore WR Marcus Daniels finished the game with 6 catches for 84 yards, setting a career-high for receiving yards. He also caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Hart at the 8:43 mark of the second quarter for his first career score. He is one of eight players to catch a touchdown pass this season for the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers Adds to Sack Total
The Rutgers defense registered 2 sacks this afternoon, both by DE Ryan Neill, running its 2004 total to 29. Rutgers has already surpassed last season’s total of 27 and is 19 shy of the school record of 48, established during the 1976 season. That year, Nate Toran led the Scarlet Knights with 17 sacks, the second-most in school history. (Toran’s 19 sacks in 1974 is the single-season best.) Rutgers has at least one sack in its last 20 games and multiple sacks in its last 10.
Jeremy Ito’s 43-yard field goal in the third quarter (his sixth of 40 or more yards this season) was the 14th of the season for Rutgers, surpassing last season’s total of 13. The 14 field goals are also the most since 1988, when Carmen Sclafani connected on 17-of-24. Tom Angstadt holds the school record with 19, established in 1984. Ito is 14-of-20 on field goals this season.
Moses, Leonard Streaks Continue
Tres Moses, with 8 catches for 94 yards, extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 19. Brian Leonard gained 117 all-purpose yards to run his streak of consecutive games with 100 or more yards to 11.
Moses Moves Up Catches List, Ties for Second on Single-Season List
With 8 catches today (for 94 yards), Tres Moses moved into a tie for second on the Rutgers single-season receptions list with 62. He is seven behind Marco Battaglia, who caught 69 passes during his All-America season in 1995. Moses and Guarantano are now tied for the school record for single-season catches by a wide receiver.
1. Marco Battaglia 1995 69
2. Jim Guarantano 1991 62
Tres Moses 2004 62
4. Marco Battaglia 1994 58
5. Chris Brantley 1993 56
Jim Gurantano 1994 56
Attendance Figures Remain High
Today’s attendance (35,079) marks the fifth time in the last seven home games that the Scarlet Knights have surpassed 30,000 at Rutgers Stadium. Over the last seven home games, Rutgers has averaged 30,760 fans. Rutgers is averaging 33,418.4 fans over five home games this season. Rutgers hosts Connecticut on Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Day, 10:00 a.m.) in its final home game of the season.
Box Score (Final) #15 West Virginia vs Rutgers (Oct 30, 2004 at Piscataway, NJ) Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score ----------------- -- -- -- -- ----- West Virginia....... 14 7 0 14 - 35 Record: (7-1,3-0) Rutgers............. 7 7 3 13 - 30 Record: (4-4,1-3) Scoring Summary: 1st 11:54 WVU - WILLIAMS, Perne 5 yd run (COOPER, Brad kick), 8-41 2:56, WVU 7 - RUTGERS 0 07:07 WVU - MARSHALL, Rashe 7 yd run (COOPER, Brad kick), 8-56 2:42, WVU 14 - RUTGERS 0 01:53 RUTGERS - MOSES, Tres 27 yd pass from HART, Ryan (ITO, Jeremy kick), 10-70 2:59, WVU 14 - RUTGERS 7 2nd 08:43 RUTGERS - DANIELS, Marcus 22 yd pass from HART, Ryan (ITO, Jeremy kick), 5-41 1:36, WVU 14 - RUTGERS 14 04:11 WVU - HARRIS, Kay-Jay 3 yd run (COOPER, Brad kick), 12-90 4:21, VU 21 - RUTGERS 14 3rd 11:18 RUTGERS - ITO, Jeremy 43 yd field goal, 6-23 1:43, WVU 21 - RUTGERS 17 4th 12:10 WVU - HENDERSON, Miqu 4 yd pass from MARSHALL, Rashe (COOPER, Brad kick), 8-90 3:28, WVU 28 - RUTGERS 17 08:52 WVU - HENRY, Chris 39 yd pass from MARSHALL, Rashe (COOPER, Brad kick), 4-55 1:42, WVU 35 - RUTGERS 17 05:31 RUTGERS - HARRIS, Clark 3 yd pass from HART, Ryan (ITO, Jeremy kick), 12-71 3:04, WVU 35 - RUTGERS 24 01:22 RUTGERS - LEONARD, Brian 2 yd run (HART, Ryan rush failed), 12-80 1:58, WVU 35 - RUTGERS 30 WVU RUTGERS FIRST DOWNS................... 18 26 RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 54-267 39-87 PASSING YDS (NET)............. 165 324 Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 14-9-0 46-35-2 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 68-432 85-411 Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards............ 1-17 1-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 3-58 5-42 Interception Returns-Yards.... 2-4 0-0 Punts (Number-Avg)............ 6-41.7 4-34.0 Fumbles-Lost.................. 0-0 2-2 Penalties-Yards............... 11-107 8-63 Possession Time............... 29:28 30:32 Third-Down Conversions........ 4 of 12 10 of 18 Fourth-Down Conversions....... 1 of 1 2 of 2 Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 4-4 2-2 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 3-15 2-14 RUSHING: West Virginia-COLSON, Jason 19-103; MARSHALL, Rashe 17-79; WILLIAMS, Perne 8-38; JONES, Adam 1-26; HARRIS, Kay-Jay 7-24; TEAM 2-minus 3. Rutgers-LEONARD, Brian 27-80; HAIRSTON, Justi 3-11; PITTMAN, Claren 1-minus 1; HART, Ryan 8-minus 3. PASSING: West Virginia-MARSHALL, Rashe 9-13-0-165; HALES, Charles 0-1-0-0. Rutgers-HART, Ryan 35-46-2-324. RECEIVING: West Virginia-HENRY, Chris 4-119; HENDERSON, Miqu 3-35; HARRIS, Kay-Jay 2-11. Rutgers-MOSES, Tres 8-94; LEONARD, Brian 7-37; DANIELS, Marcus 6-84; HARRIS, Clark 6-49; BAKER, Chris 5-32; JOHNSON, Sam 1-14; HAIRSTON, Justi 1-12; FOSTER, Willie 1-2. INTERCEPTIONS: West Virginia-McCANN, Dee 1-0; ADDAE, Jahmile 1-4. Rutgers-None. FUMBLES: West Virginia-None. Rutgers-BAKER, Chris 1-1; LEONARD, Brian 1-1. Stadium: Rutgers Stadium Attendance: 35079 Kickoff time: 12:07pm End of Game: 3:53pm Total elapsed time: 3:46 Officials: Referee: J. Smith; Umpire: P. King; Linesman: T. LaPenta; Line judge: J. Cooney; Back judge: R. Boyd; Field judge: K. Parham; Side judge: J. Brennan; Scorer: G. Stewart; Temperature: 57 F Wind: S 5 mph Weather: Cloudy, 30% rain ID-288323