PISCATAWAY, NJ - Tres Moses caught his way into the records books as Rutgers lost to Connecticut 41-35, on Thanksgiving morning at Rutgers Stadium. Moses, who finished the game with seven catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns, finished the 2004 campaign recording one of the best individual seasons in Rutgers history. Moses finished the year with 81 catches and 1,056 yards, both the most in school history. His stellar numbers this season also rank among the best in BIG EAST history, as he finished the year with the second-most catches and seventh-most receiving yards in a single-season in the history of the conference.
Rutgers (4-7) got out of the gates quickly against the Huskies defense, going 81 yards on 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Brian Leonard (Gouverneur, NY) capped the drive with a one-yard plunge for his ninth touchdown of the season. Ryan Hart (Coral Springs, FL) came up big on the drive, going 5-5 for 73 yards, including a 22-yard pass to tight end Clark Harris (Manahawkin, NJ) on third-and-nine.
On the drive, Rutgers kept the offense out on the field on fourth-and-one at the Connecticut 35, and Hart followed his blockers to get the first down. On the next play, Hart went deep down the right side to receiver Tres Moses (Delray Beach, FL) for 32 yards, giving Rutgers a first and goal just inside the one yard line.
Connecticut (7-4) took the ensuing kickoff and drove into Rutgers territory, but the drive was halted when Connecticut quarterback Dan Orlovsky was intercepted by freshman Ron Girault (Spring Valley, NY). Girault, who recorded his third pick of the season on the play, finished the game with a season-high 13 tackles. Girault also had 13 tackles in a win over Temple, for the most tackles by a Scarlet Knight in a game this season.
Rutgers was unable to capitalize on the turnover, as a fumbled exchange gave the ball back to UConn in Rutgers territory. Behind seven rushes – including rushes of 14 and 15 yards by Orlovsky and five carries by Cornell Brockington - Connecticut punched the ball into the end zone at the 4:31 mark of the first quarter to knot the game at 7-7. Brockington, who scored on the one-yard run, finished the game with 73 yards and two touchdowns.
Connecticut was able to take advantage of good field position after the next RU possession ended in a 13-yard punt by Joe Radigan (Hoboken, NJ) that was knocked down by the strong winds. Connecticut used the short field to its advantage and went 64 yards in six plays to take the 14-7 lead.
The teams traded punts to open the second quarter, until Connecticut put together a 10-play drive, capped with a 16-yard screen pass from Orlovsky to Brockington for the 21-7 lead.
Rutgers wasted no time answering the Huskies score, as quarterback Terrence Shawell (Pottstown, PA) hooked up with Moses down the right side for an 87-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-14. Shawell, who had come in to spell Hart the previous drive, threw a lofted spiral 50-yards down field to Moses, who out-jumped cornerback Justin Perkins and out-raced the safety down the field, diving past the goal line for the longest play of the season for the Scarlet Knights.
Joe Porter (Franklin, NJ) intercepted Orlovsky on the next drive, and Rutgers used the quarterbacking tandem of Hart and Shawell to tie the game at 21 apiece. Shawell started the drive and scampered 26 yards on the second play. Shawell exited the game following that play and Hart completed two of the next three passes – a 16 yard strike to Willie Foster (Miami, FL) and a 13 yard touchdown pass to Marcus Daniels (Miami, FL) – to tie the game heading into the half.
The teams continued to trade punches in the second half. Connecticut received the second-half kickoff and drove 81 yards to take the 28-21 lead. Rutgers answered the UConn drive with one of their own, going 76 yards on seven plays, capped by a 16-yard pass from Hart to Moses for the Scarlet Knights’ fourth offensive touchdown of the game. Hart was able to elude pressure and stepped up in the pocket to find Moses streaking across the front of the end zone.
Connecticut took advantage of a pass interference call on the next drive to take a 35-28 lead on two plays, spanning 57 seconds. On the next drive, Rutgers drove into the red zone – highlighted by runs of 11 and 33 yards by Leonard - before Hart was sacked by Maurice Lloyd and fumbled, giving the ball back to the Huskies. UConn was unable to capitalize, as the drive ended with a missed 44-yard field goal attempt by Matt Nuzie.
Rutgers drove down the field to open the fourth quarter, including another first down run by Leonard on fourth-and-one, but was unable to score, when Jeremy Ito missed a 45-yard field goal attempt wide left.
Connecticut controlled the ball for most of the fourth quarter, scoring just six points coming on Orlovsky’s third touchdown pass of the day, and his second to tight end Dan Murray with 2:28 remaining. Nuzie missed the extra point to give Connecticut the 41-28 lead. UConn elected to pop up the kickoff, and Foster scampered 80 yards for the kickoff return. Foster ran up the left side, and eluded blockers and cut across the field, ending up crossing the goal line near the right pylon. Ryan Sands attempted the on-sides kick, but Connecticut controlled the kick and ran out the clock.
Moses Sets RU Single-Season Yardage Mark; Produces Second-Most Catches in BIG
Tres Moses finished today’s game 7 catches for 168 yards and, in the process became the Rutgers single-season leader in receiving yards with 1,056, breaking All-American tight end Marco Battaglia’s record of 894, set in 1995. Moses opened the game with a 32-yard catch to break the mark and finished the first half with three catches for 127 yards, including an 87-yard reception from sophomore QB Terrence Shawell.
The 87-yarder was the longest since 10/20/01, when Ryan Cubit connected with Aaron Martin on a 91-yard score at Navy.
In addition, his 127 yards are the most in a half since Shawn Tucker caught 8 passes for 183 yards, including 6 for 136 in the fourth quarter vs. Pittsburgh on Oct. 18, 2003.
Moses has caught at least one pass in 23-straight games, jumping into a tie for 10th in the BIG EAST. The record is 40, held by WVU’s Khori Ivy (1997-00).
With 81 catches in 11 games (7.36/game), Moses set the BIG EAST single-season record for catches per game, previously set last season by Pittsburgh’s Larry Fitzgerald (7.08/game).
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Moses also finished the season with the second-most catches in a season in BIG EAST history:
BIG EAST SINGLE-SEASON CATCH LEADERS
1. 92 Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh, 2003 (1,672 yards)
2. 81 Tres Moses, Rutgers (1,056 yards)
3. 75 Latef Grim, Pittsburgh, 1999 (1,106 yards)
4. 74 Zamir Cobb, Temple, 2003 (866 yards)
5. 69 Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh, 2002 (1,005 yards)
6. 69 David Saunders, West Virginia, 1998 (788 yards)
7. 69 Marco Battaglia, Rutgers, 1995 (894 yards)
8. 68 Antonio Bryant, Pittsburgh, 2000 (1,302 yards)
9. 67 David Saunders, West Virginia, 1996 (913 yards)
10. 66 Anthony DiCosmo, Boston College, 1998 (804 yards)
10. 66 Pete Mitchell, Boston College, 1993 (818 yards)
Moses’ 1056 yards also rank 7th in BIG EAST history. He is one of 9 receivers
in BIG EAST history to gain over 1,000 yards.
BIG EAST SINGLE-SEASON CATCH LEADERS
1. 1,672 Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh, 2003 (92 catches)
2. 1,302 Antonio Bryant, Pittsburgh, 2000 (68 catches)
3. 1,131 Marvin Harrison, Syracuse, 1995 (56 catches)
4. 1,106 Latef Grim, Pittsburgh, 1999 (75 catches)
5. 1,092 Andre Johnson, Miami, 2002 (52 catches)
6. 1,091 Dietrich Jells, Pittsburgh, 1992 (55 catches)
7. 1,056 Tres Moses, Rutgers, 2004 (81 catches)
8. 1,006 Chris Henry, West Virginia, 2003 (41 catches)
9. 1,005 Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh, 2002 (69 catches)
10. 962 André Davis, Virginia Tech, 1999 (35 catches)
Rutgers Registers 9th, 100-Yard Effort
Tres Moses’ 168 receiving yards today represent the second-highest total in the BIG EAST this season (Pittsburgh’s Greg Lee had 188 at Syracuse on Nov. 6) and tied for the 11th-best mark in school history. It was also the 9th, 100-yard effort by a Rutgers receiver this season – the most in program history. Moses owns five of those 100-yard efforts this season and averaged 118.5 yards per game over the final eight games of the season.
Hart Starts On Target For Second-Straight Week
QB Ryan Hart began the day by completing his first 8 passes, including a 5-for-5, 73-yard effort on the play’s opening drive, which resulted in a touchdown. Harris connected with TE Clark Harris twice for 35 yards on the opening drive and found Tres Moses for 32, setting up a 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Last week at Navy, Hart completed his first 11 pass attempts and 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.
Hart’s Sets Conference Attempts, Completions Mark; Posts Sixth-Best Passing
With a school-record 3,154 yards this season, Ryan Hart produced the sixth-most passing yards in league history. He also set the conference record for attempts (453) and completions (295).
1. 3,679 Rod Rutherford, Pittsburgh, 2003 (247 of 413)
2. 3,397 Glenn Foley, Boston College, 1993 (222 of 363)
3. 3,369 Ken Dorsey, Miami, 2002 (222 of 393)
4. 3,178 Marc Bulger, West Virginia, 1998 (240 of 369)
5. 3,163 Alex Van Pelt, Pittsburgh, 1992 (245 of 407)
6. 3,154 Ryan Hart, Rutgers, 2004 (295 of 453)
7. 3,095 Gino Torretta, Miami, 1991 (205 of 371)
8. 3,060 Gino Torretta, Miami, 1992 (228 of 402)
9. 2,983 Brian St. Pierre, Boston College, 2002 (237 of 407)
10. 2,796 Alex Van Pelt, Pittsburgh, 1991 (227 of 398)
Leonard Goes for 100 in 15th-Straight Game
With a strong second-half effort, Brian Leonard finished the game with 107 all-purpose yards (70 rushing, 37 receiving), posting his 15th-straight game with 100+ all-purpose yards. Leonard finished the year with 1250 all-purpose yards (125.0/game) after averaging 114.0/game. He is averaging 119.0 all-purpose yards per game for his career, spanning 22 contests.
Porter’s 5th INT Is Most Since 1983
When Joe Porter picked off his fifth pass of the season today, it marked the highest total since 1983, when Bill Houston had six. Porter’s five INT’s lead the BIG EAST.
Girault Matches Career High
With a game-high 13 tackles today, freshman safety Ron Girault matched his career high, recorded vs. Temple on Oct. 16. Girault also picked off his third pass of the season. He finished the season second on the team in tackles with 61, despite registering just six through his first five games. Over his last six games since entering the starting lineup, Girault has averaged 9.3 tackles per game.
Box Score (Final) Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score ----------------- -- -- -- -- ----- UCONN............... 14 7 14 6 - 41 Record: (7-4,4-2) Rutgers............. 7 14 7 7 - 35 Record: (4-7,1-5) Scoring Summary: 1st 09:43 RUTGERS - LEONARD, Brian 1 yd run (ITO, Jeremy kick), 12-81 5:17, UCONN 0 - RUTGERS 7 04:31 UCONN - BROCKINGTON, C. 1 yd run (NUZIE, Matt kick), 8-42 2:57, UCONN 7 - RUTGERS 7 00:35 UCONN - BROCKINGTON, C. 5 yd run (NUZIE, Matt kick), 6-64 1:55, UCONN 14 - RUTGERS 7 2nd 06:38 UCONN - BROCKINGTON, C. 16 yd pass from ORLOVSKY, Dan (NUZIE, Matt kick), 10-55 3:52, UCONN 21 - RUTGERS 7 06:07 RUTGERS - MOSES, Tres 87 yd pass from SHAWELL, Terenc (ITO, Jeremy kick), 2-87 0:21, UCONN 21 - RUTGERS 14 00:38 RUTGERS - DANIELS, Marcus 13 yd pass from HART, Ryan (ITO, Jeremy kick), 6-59 1:55, UCONN 21 - RUTGERS 21 3rd 10:01 UCONN - BELLAMY, Chris 2 yd run (NUZIE, Matt kick), 12-81 4:54, UCONN 28 - RUTGERS 21 07:14 RUTGERS - MOSES, Tres 16 yd pass from HART, Ryan (ITO, Jeremy kick), 7-76 2:39, UCONN 28 - RUTGERS 28 06:08 UCONN - MURRAY, Dan 32 yd pass from ORLOVSKY, Dan (NUZIE, Matt kick), 2-52 0:57, UCONN 35 - RUTGERS 28 4th 02:28 UCONN - MURRAY, Dan 3 yd pass from ORLOVSKY, Dan (NUZIE, Matt kick failed), 10-80 4:16, UCONN 41 - RUTGERS 28 02:14 RUTGERS - FOSTER, Willie 80 yd kickoff return (ITO, Jeremy kick), UCONN 41 - RUTGERS 35 UCONN RUTGERS FIRST DOWNS................... 26 24 RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 48-223 30-88 PASSING YDS (NET)............. 264 366 Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 30-19-2 40-27-0 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 78-487 70-454 Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 1-17 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards............ 1-14 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 6-113 7-188 Interception Returns-Yards.... 0-0 2-15 Punts (Number-Avg)............ 3-32.3 4-41.5 Fumbles-Lost.................. 1-0 2-2 Penalties-Yards............... 6-55 4-44 Possession Time............... 32:36 27:24 Third-Down Conversions........ 8 of 13 6 of 13 Fourth-Down Conversions....... 1 of 1 2 of 3 Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 5-5 3-4 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 2-17 0-0 RUSHING: UCONN-BROCKINGTON, C. 17-73; BELLAMY, Chris 17-53; ANDERSON, Deon 7-48; ORLOVSKY, Dan 3-40; MCLEAN, Brandon 2-13; TEAM 2-minus 4. Rutgers-LEONARD, Brian 20-70; SHAWELL, Terenc 2-27; LINTON, Dimitri 4-15; HART, Ryan 4-minus 24. PASSING: UCONN-ORLOVSKY, Dan 19-30-2-264. Rutgers-HART, Ryan 26-34-0-279; SHAWELL, Terenc 1-6-0-87. RECEIVING: UCONN-MURRAY, Dan 6-135; HENRY, Keron 4-52; WILLIAMS, Jason 4-21; BELLAMY, Chris 2-24; BROCKINGTON, C. 1-16; CUTAIA, Matt 1-11; SPARKS, Brian 1-5. Rutgers-MOSES, Tres 7-168; LEONARD, Brian 6-37; HARRIS, Clark 4-61; HAIRSTON, Justi 4-23; DANIELS, Marcus 3-33; BAKER, Chris1-19; FOSTER, Willie 1-16; LOOMIS, Chris 1-9. INTERCEPTIONS: UCONN-None. Rutgers-GIRAULT, Ron 1-8; PORTER, Joe 1-7. FUMBLES: UCONN-BROCKINGTON, C. 1-0. Rutgers-HART, Ryan 1-1; LEONARD, Brian 1-1. Stadium: Rutgers Stadium Attendance: 20224 Kickoff time: 10:00 am End of Game: 1:37 pm Total elapsed time: 3:37 Officials: Referee: D. Hennigan; Umpire: P. King; Linesman: T. Consodine; Line judge: W. Mackie; Back judge: G. Dancewicz; Field judge: R. Street; Side judge: B. Platt; Scorer: Rutgers; Temperature: 65 F Wind: S 15 mph Weather: Partly Cloudy ID-288324