PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Brian Leonard and Ray Rice each ran for two touchdowns and Rutgers clinched its first winning regular season since 1992 with a 31-21 victory over Navy on Saturday. " />
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Rutgers Handles Navy 31-21
SCARLET KNIGHTS CLINCH FIRST WINNING REGULAR-SEASON SINCE '92
  • Posted on October 29, 2005 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers (6-2) became bowl eligible with its sixth win of the season, a 31-21 victory against Navy (4-3). The Scarlet Knights celebrated Homecoming Oct. 30 at Rutgers Stadium before a sell-out crowd of 41,716, the second-largest crowd in Rutgers Stadium.

    The win against the Midshipmen gives RU a 6-2 start, the best eight-game opening stretch since 1979 (also 6-2) and makes Rutgers bowl eligible for the first time since that 1992 campaign.

    Sophomore Ron Girault (Spring Valley, NY) put an early end to Navy’s first drive of the game, intercepting a pass on third-and-long and returning it 27 yards to the Navy 30-yard line. The Scarlet Knights cashed in on the turnover eight plays later, when junior FB Brian Leonard (Gouverneur, NY) cut inside for a seven-yard burst to the goal line, giving RU the 7-0 edge less than seven minutes into the contest.

    On its third possession of the game, a near safety on a sack by DE Val Barnaby (Franklin, NJ) pinned Navy on its own two-yard line and forced a punt. The sack, which was aided by pressure applied by DE Ryan Neill (Wayne, NJ), and Joe Giacobbe (Rahway, NJ), gave RU tremendous field position, as RU started its fourth drive on the Mids’ 32-yard line. A 20-yard completion from senior QB Ryan Hart (Coral Springs, FL) to junior TE Clark Harris (Manahawkin, NJ) was followed four plays later by Leonard’s second touchdown of the afternoon, a one-yard run. Sophomore Jeremy Ito (Redlands, CA) tacked on the extra point, making the score 14-0 with 12:01 remaining in the first half.

    The Midshipmen responded on their next possession with a 60-yard scamper by Reggie Campbell, pulling to within a touchdown (14-7) at the 10:14 mark. But, with less than seven minutes to play in the half, freshman DB Courtney Greene (New Rochelle, NY) jarred the ball loose from Navy’s Trey Hines and Girault fell on the loose ball at the Navy 30, setting up a
    Ray Rice (New Rochelle, NY) three-yard touchdown run and a 14-point advantage (21-7) the Scarlet Knights would carry into the locker room.

    A Karlos Whittaker nine-yard carry pulled the Midshipmen within a touchdown (21-14) midway through the third quarter, but RU came back with a 14-play, 77-yard drive that consumed the next 7:34 of the clock. Hart completed all four of his passes, including a 22-yard strike to WR Shawn Tucker (Parkland, FL), while Rice and Leonard combined for nine carries and 38 yards to keep the clock moving. Ito capped the drive with an 18-yard field goal, making the score 24-14 with 53 seconds to play in the third quarter.

    Navy responded, pulling to within a field goal (24-21) on an eight-yard touchdown from Lamar Owens to Marco Nelson with 8:24 on the clock. Hart completions to WR Tres Moses (Delray Beach, FL) for 15 yards, Tucker for 27 and Leonard for 14 eventually led to Rice’s two-yard touchdown with six minutes remaining, again making it a 10-point margin (31-21).

    For the second straight game, the Rutgers defense came up with a late interception to ice the victory. Last week it was Girault picking off a Connecticut pass, this time, it was junior LB Devraun Thompson (Piscataway, NJ), who picked off an Owens pass with 1:32 to play to end Navy’s comeback hopes.

    Hart was extremely efficient, completing 18 of 21 passes (.857) for 221 yards. Rice led the Scarlet rushing attack, accumulating 80 yards and 21 carries, scoring two touchdowns. Leonard added 58 yards and two touchdowns on 19 rushes, as well as 53 yards on seven receptions, marking his 20th 100-yard all-purpose total in 23 games. Tucker caught four passes for 80 yards, while Moses became RU’s all-time leader in career receiving yardage (2,274) with 54 yards on four catches.

    Greene led the Rutgers defense with 14 total tackles (six solo, eight assisted), forcing a fumble and adding half a sack. Girault pitched in with 10 tackles (three solo, seven assisted), one fumble recovery and an interception. Neill (1.0), Barnaby (2.0) and DT Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) (1.5) helped the Scarlet Knights record five sacks.

    Rutgers will return to action Saturday, Nov. 5, when the Scarlet Knights host South Florida in a BIG EAST Conference clash at 12:00 p.m.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    Rutgers’ Best Eight-Game Start Since 1979
    Rutgers’ 6-2 record is the best eight-game start since 1979 when Rutgers was also 6-2 after eight games. Rutgers was 7-2 after nine games that season en route to an 8-3 overall record.

    Second-Largest Crowd in Rutgers Stadium History
    The crowd of 41,716 is the second-largest crowd in Rutgers Stadium history.
    Top-Five Largest Crowds at Rutgers Stadium
    1. 42,612 Sept. 4, 2004 Rutgers 19, Michigan State 14
    2. 41,716 Oct. 29, 2004 Rutgers 31, Navy 21
    3. 41,511 Sept. 11, 1999 Texas 38, Rutgers 21
    4. 41,232 Oct. 30, 2004 West Virginia 35, Rutgers 30
    5. 40,011 Nov. 18, 2000 Notre Dame 45, Rutgers 17

    Homecoming Games During Greg Schiano Era
    Date Score Attendance
    Oct. 29, 2005 Rutgers 31, Navy 21 41,716
    Oct. 16, 2004 Rutgers 16, Temple 6 31,021
    Oct. 18, 2003 Pittsburgh 42, Rutgers 32 28,101
    Sept. 14, 2002 Rutgers 44, Army 0 28,514
    Oct. 20, 2001 Rutgers 23, Navy 17 29,101

    Girault Consecutive Interceptions
    Sophomore DB Ron Girault intercepted the last pass of the Connecticut game, sealing the victory over the Huskies, and then intercepted the first pass thrown in the Navy game, giving him interceptions on consecutive passes spanning two games. The interceptions give Girault three on the season and six for his career.

    Leonard Moves into Tie for Third on RU All-time Scoring List
    With his two TDs vs. Navy, junior FB Brian Leonard moved into a tie for third on the Rutgers all-time scoring list with 206 points ("JJ" Jennings - 1971-73).
    1. Kennan Starzell (1976-79) 261
    2. Homer Hazel, (1916, 23-24) 216
    3. "JJ" Jennings (1971-73) 206
    Brian Leonard (2003-) 206

    Leonard Moves into Eighth on RU All-time Rushing List
    With his 58-yard rushing performance vs. Navy, junior FB Brian Leonard moved into eighth place on the Rutgers all-time rushing list.
    Career Rushing Leaders Yards
    1. Terrell Willis (1993-95) 3,114
    2. “JJ” Jennings (1971-73) 2,935
    3. Bruce Presley (1992-95) 2,792
    4. Glen Kehler (1975-78) 2,567
    5. Jacki Crooks (1996-99) 2,434
    6. Bryant Mitchell (1966-68) 2,286
    7. Albert Smith (1982-85) 2,269
    8. Brian Leonard (2003-) 2,174
    9. Henry Benkert (1921-24) 2,124

    Leonard Moves into Tie for Sixth on RU All-Time Rushing Touchdowns List
    With two rushing touchdowns vs. Navy, junior FB Brian Leonard has now rushed for 23 career TDs, putting him in a tie for sixth on the RU all-time rushing touchdown list.
    Rushing Touchdown List
    1. “JJ” Jennings 34 1971-73
    2. Bill Austin 32 1956-58
    Henry Benkert 32 1921-24
    4. Harvey Grimsley 28 1946-49
    5. Mike Fisher 26 1974-77
    6. Brian Leonard 23 (2003-)
    Homer Hazel 23 (1916, 1923-24)
    Mike Fisher 23 (1974-77)
    Albert Smith 23 (1982-85)

    Leonard, Moses Move Up All-Purpose Yardage Lists
    Brian Leonard, with his 111 all-purpose yards against Navy (58 rushing, 53 receiving), moved into third place at RU in all-purpose yards. Tres Moses, who racked up 54 receiving yards and one yard on a return, moved into sixth place in all-purpose yards.
    Rutgers Career All-Purpose Yardage Leaders (Since 1948)
    1. Terrell Willis - 1993-95 5,340
    2. Bruce Presley - 1992-95 3,831
    3. Brian Leonard - 2003-pres. 3,535
    4. Mike Fisher - 1974-77 3,426
    5. Dave Dorn - 1977-80 3,308
    6. Tres Moses - 2001-pres. 3,260
    7. Dennis Thomas-1998- pres. 3,245

    Leonard Over 100 All-purpose Yards for 20th time in last 23 Games
    With 58 yards rushing and 53 yards receiving, junior Brian Leonard topped the 100-yard plateau in all-purpose yardage for the 20th time in the last 23 games.

    Fladell Makes First Career Start
    Sophomore Mike Fladell made the first start of his career vs. Navy. Fladell started at left guard in place of Jeremy Zuttah, who was injured (shoulder) vs. Connecticut last week.

    Moses, Leonard, Harris Extend Reception Streaks
    Senior WR Tres Moses, junior FB Brian Leonard and junior TE Clark Harris all extended their career receptions streaks. Moses and Leonard have each caught passes in 30 consecutive games, while Harris has now caught a pass in 26 consecutive games. Entering the Navy game, Moses and Leonard’s receptions steaks (29) were tied for 14th in the nation, while Harris’ streak (25) was 20th.

    Moses Adds to Career Receptions List, Leonard Moves Up
    Tres Moses had four catches against the Mids, adding to his career record total (179). Brian Leonard caught seven passes, moving into fourth place on the career receptions list with 147.
    Career Reception Leaders
    1. Tres Moses, 179, 2001-present
    2. Marco Battaglia, 171 - 1992-1995
    3. Jim Guarantano, 158 - 1989-92
    4. Brian Leonard, 147 - 2003-present
    5. Chris Brantley, 144 - 1990-93
    6. Andrew Baker, 127 - 1981-84
    7. Reggie Funderburk, 123 - 1993-97
    8. LJ Smith, 122 - 1999-2002
    9. Tim Odell, 112 - 1977-80
    10. Eric Young, 109 - 1985-88

    Moses Becomes Rutgers Leader in Career Receiving Yards
    With his 15-yard catch midway through the fourth quarter against Navy, senior Tres Moses became Rutgers’ all-time leader in receiving yardage (2,274), passing Andrew Baker’s total of 2,268.
    Career Receiving Yards
    1. Tres Moses 2,274 – 2001-
    2. Andrew Baker 2,268 – 1981-82
    3. Marco Battaglia 2,221 – 1992-95

    Moses, Tucker Hits Career Century Mark in Receptions, Joins Moses, Leonard,
    Junior WR Shawn Tucker snared his 100th career-reception with a 22-yard third-quarter catch vs. Navy. He now has 101 receptions for his career and joins teammates Tres Moses (179) and Brian Leonard (147) in the career 100-reception club. Junior TE Clark Harris had two receptions vs. Navy, giving him 96 career catches.
    Rutgers Active Receiving Leaders (by Yardage)
    1. Tres Moses 179 catches - 2,274 yards
    2. Brian Leonard 147 catches - 1,361 yards
    3. Shawn Tucker 101 catches - 1,353 yards
    4. Clark Harris 96 catches - 1,304 yards

    Hart Highest Completion Percentage of his Career
    Senior QB Ryan Hart completed 18-for-21 (85.7 %) passes for 221 yards. The 85.7 completion percentage is a career high, with his previous best coming against Vanderbilt on Oct. 9, 1994, when he completed 31-of-40 passes (77.5%).

                                   Box Score (Final)
                    NAVY vs RUTGERS (Oct 29, 2005 at Piscataway, NJ)
    
    Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
    -----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
    NAVY................  0  7  7  7  - 21       Record: (4-3)
    RUTGERS.............  7 14  3  7  - 31       Record: (6-2)
    
    
    
    Scoring Summary:
    1st 08:41 RUTGERS - LEONARD, Brian 7 yd run (ITO, Jeremy kick), 8-30 3:19
    		  NAVY 0 - RUTGERS 7
    2nd 12:01 RUTGERS - LEONARD, Brian 1 yd run (ITO, Jeremy kick), 5-32 2:10
              NAVY 0 - RUTGERS 14
        10:14 NAVY - Campbell, Reggi 60 yd run (Bullen, Joey kick), 5-73 1:41
    		  NAVY 7 - RUTGERS 14
        03:15 RUTGERS - RICE, Ray 3 yd run (ITO, Jeremy kick), 7-30 3:37
    		  NAVY 7 - RUTGERS 21
    3rd 08:32 NAVY - Whittaker, Karl 9 yd run (Bullen, Joey kick), 15-74 6:22
    		  NAVY 14 - RUTGERS 21
        00:53 RUTGERS - ITO, Jeremy 18 yd field goal, 14-77 7:34
    	      NAVY 14 - RUTGERS 24
    4th 08:24 NAVY - Nelson, Marco 8 yd pass from Owens, Lamar (Bullen, Joey kick), 10-65 3:36
    		  NAVY 21 - RUTGERS 24
        05:56 RUTGERS - RICE, Ray 2 yd run (ITO, Jeremy kick), 7-62 2:20
    		  NAVY 21 - RUTGERS 31
    
    
    
                                       NAVY  RUTGERS
    FIRST DOWNS...................       22       20
    RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............   49-207   50-114
    PASSING YDS (NET).............      124      221
    Passes Att-Comp-Int...........   20-9-2  21-18-0
    TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   69-331   71-335
    Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0      0-0
    Punt Returns-Yards............      0-0      2-3
    Kickoff Returns-Yards.........     4-91     3-53
    Interception Returns-Yards....      0-0     2-27
    Punts (Number-Avg)............   6-39.8   5-37.8
    Fumbles-Lost..................      1-1      3-0
    Penalties-Yards...............     2-20     2-20
    Possession Time...............    24:38    35:22
    Third-Down Conversions........  5 of 14  7 of 15
    Fourth-Down Conversions.......   2 of 2   0 of 0
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      2-2      5-6
    Sacks By: Number-Yards........     4-12     5-47
    
    
    RUSHING: NAVY-Campbell, Reggi 4-69; Hall, Matt 9-45; Owens, Lamar 24-42;
    Whittaker, Karl 5-22; Nelson, Marco 3-15; Hines, Trey 4-14. RUTGERS-RICE, Ray
    21-80; LEONARD, Brian 19-58; UNDERWOOD, Tiqu 2-minus 2; TEAM 4-minus 10; HART,
    Ryan 4-minus 12.
    
    PASSING: NAVY-Owens, Lamar 9-20-2-124. RUTGERS-HART, Ryan 18-21-0-221.
    
    RECEIVING: NAVY-Tomlinson, Jaso 5-61; Whittaker, Karl 2-47; Nelson, Marco
    2-16. RUTGERS-LEONARD, Brian 7-53; TUCKER, Shawn 4-80; MOSES, Tres 4-54; HARRIS,
    Clark 2-27; RICE, Ray 1-7.
    
    INTERCEPTIONS: NAVY-None. RUTGERS-THOMPSON, Devra 1-0; GIRAULT, Ron 1-27.
    
    FUMBLES: NAVY-Hines, Trey 1-1. RUTGERS-RICE, Ray 2-0; HART, Ryan 1-0.
    
    Stadium: Rutgers Stadium       Attendance: 41716
    Kickoff time: 3:31 pm   End of Game: 6:26 pm   Total elapsed time: 2:55
    Officials: Referee: S. McElwee; Umpire: T. Ramsey; Linesman: M. Owens;
    Line judge: R. Page; Back judge: R. Wilborn; Field judge: W. Key;
    Side judge: M. Safrit; Scorer: RUTGERS;
    Temperature: 48 F      Wind: E 9mph    Weather: Partly Sunny
    
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