ANNAPOLIS, MD - Navy (8-2) carried the ball 66 times for 481 yards, including 28 times for 228 yards in the first half, building a 40-7 lead at the break en route to a 54-21 win over Rutgers (4-6) this afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Wide receiver Tres Moses set the single-season reception mark (74) with his 6-catch, 121-yard effort, while TE Clark Harris added a game-high 9 catches for 116 yards. Sophomore QB Terrence Shawell threw for 126 yards in the second half, including a 43-yard strike to Moses.
An early Rutgers turnover led to Navy’s first score, as Eric Roberts ran in from 5 yards out to start the scoring. On the ensuring drive, Ryan Hart led the Scarlet Knights 80 yards on 13 plays, connecting with tight end Clark Harris on four occasions, including a 16-yard strike to pull within one, 7-6, while Jeremy Ito’s PAT knotted the game at 7-7. Hart was successful on his first 11 pass attempts in the game, including 9-of-9 on that drive. Navy, however, controlled play the remainder of the half, rattling off 33-straight points to build its 40-7 halftime lead.
On the second play of the third quarter, Navy FB Kyle Eckell raced 78 yards for another touchdown, extending the Midshipmen lead to 47-7. Another touchdown, this one a two-yard run by QB Aaron Polanco, pushed the lead to 54-7 before Rutgers scored twice in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.
Sophomore Terrence Shawell replaced Hart in the second half and connected with Moses on a 43-yard TD reception while senior DT David Harley recovered a fumble and rumbled nine yards for the game’s final score.
Hart completed 27-of-40 for 264 yards and one TD, while Shawell was 6-for-12 for 126 yards and a score. In addition to Moses and Harris, Leonard added 113 all-purpose yards to extend his string of 100-plus games to 14. Piana Lukabu led the defense with a career-high 8 tackles, while William Beckford and Devraun Thompson added seven apiece.
The Scarlet Knights will close out their season on Thursday with a 10:00 a.m. Thanksgiving match-up vs. Connecticut at Rutgers Stadium. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
Moses Sets Reception Mark
At the 8:12 mark of the first quarter, WR Tres Moses caught a six-yard pass on 3rd-and-6 for his 70th reception of the season, setting the single-season Rutgers mark. Tight end Marco Battaglia was the previous record holder with 69 catches during All-American season in 1995.
His 74 catches at the end of the game rank third on the BIG EAST single-season list.
1. 92 Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh, 2003 (1,672 yards)
2. 75 Latef Grim, Pittsburgh, 1999 (1,106 yards)
3. 74 Tres Moses, Rutgers 2004 (888 yards)
4. 74 Zamir Cobb, Temple, 2003 (866 yards)
Moses Sets Sights on Single-Season Receiving Mark
With one regular season game left to play, Tres Moses has 74 catches for 888 yards this season. Over the last 7 games, Moses has caught 62 passes for 780 yards and needs just seven yards to break Battaglia’s mark.
1. Marco Battaglia 1995 894
2. Tres Moses 2004 888
3. Andrew Baker 1983 857
4. Marco Battaglia 1994 779
Passing Total Falls Just Short of School Record
Rutgers threw for 390 yards today, the most under head coach Greg Schiano and 36 shy of the school record. On Sept. 17, 1988, Scott Erney threw for 436 yards in a 31-30 loss vs. Vanderbilt at Giants Stadium.
Scarlet Knights Set Single-Season Completion Mark
With 33 completions for 390 yards today, Rutgers set a new single-season record for completions with 276 through 10 games, breaking the old mark of 271 set in 11 games in 1995.
Hart Starts On Target
QB Ryan Hart completed his first 11 pass attempts this afternoon and, including the final two throws against BC on 11/6, produced a streak of 13-straight completions before an incomplete pass (intended for Tres Moses) on RU’s third drive of the game. During the Scarlet Knights’ second drive, Hart connected with TE Clark Harris four times for 57 yards, culminating in a 16-yard TD, which tied the game at 7-7.
Harris Goes Over 100 for Third Time in ‘04
Tight end Clark Harris caught 9 passes for 116 yards, the third time this season he has reached the 100-yard mark. All-American TE MarcoBattaglia had seven 100-yard games in his career (3 in 1994, 4 in 1995) to lead all tight ends. Tres Moses also finished with 121 yards, giving RU two, 100-yard receivers for the third time this season (10/2 at Syracuse, 10/23 at Pittsburgh). In all, Rutgers has eight 100-yard efforts this season – 4 from Moses, 3 from Harris and 1 from Chris Baker.
It is also the third time in the last four meetings that Rutgers has had a 100-yard receiving game against the Midshipmen. On Oct. 21, 2000, Errol Johnson caught 8 passes for 178 yards and on Oct. 20, 2001, Aaron Martin caught 3 passes for 180 yards.
Leonard Goes for 100 Once Again
For the 14th-consecutive game, RB Brian Leonard recorded 100 or more all-purpose yards, finishing the game with 113. Leonard carried the ball 11 times for 44 yards and caught 7 passes for 69 yards.
Service Academy Streak Snapped
Today’s loss to Navy snapped a seven-game winning streak during the service academies, including three-straight vs. Navy. The Scarlet Knights beat Navy, 48-27, last season in Piscataway and 28-21 at Navy in 2000.