PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Ted Trump threw three touchdown passes and freshman Markis Facyson ran for 129 yards and a score as Rutgers routed Army 44-0 on Saturday night in a game briefly suspended by lightning in the first quarter. " />
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Rutgers Rolls Past Army 44-0 for Homecoming Victory
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Ted Trump threw three touchdown passes and freshman Markis Facyson ran for 129 yards and a score as Rutgers routed Army 44-0 on Saturday night in a game briefly suspended by lightning in the first quarter.

    Trump threw scoring passes of 21 yards to Chris Baker, 17 to Aaron Martin and 13 to Sean Carty as Rutgers (1-2) ended a six-game losing streak, dating to last Oct. 20.

    The shutout was the first for the Scarlet Knights since beating Buffalo 59-0 in the second game of the 2000 season. It was the first time Army (0-2) was shut out since a 28-0 loss to Air Force on Nov. 6, 1999.

    For the second straight week, turnovers plagued Army. The Cadets had four -- including three interceptions by freshman quarterback Zac Dahman -- to give Rutgers 28 points. The capper was safety Shawn Seabrooks' 33-yard interception return for a touchdown that gave the Scarlet Knights a 10-0 lead less than five minutes in.

    One play after the ensuing kickoff, the game was suspended for 45 minutes because of lightning.

    Even that delay didn't allow Army time to regroup, although the Cadets had an excuse with quarterback Reggie Nevels sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained last week.

    Trump, who was 16-of-23 for 230 yards and an interception in his second career start, gave Rutgers a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter with a 21-yard pass to Baker on third-and-goal.

    Rutgers, which didn't allow Army into its territory in the first half, blew it open with 20 third-quarter points.

    Martin, who was sidelined the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury, capped a 71-yard drive to open the second half with his TD catch.

    Carty caught his first career TD after Brandon Haw spoiled Army's first trip into Rutgers territory with an interception in the end zone.

    Facyson capped the best rushing game by a true freshman at Rutgers with a 1-yard run with 3:04 left in the quarter.

    Another turnover by Army, a fumble, led to Marcus Jones' 12-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

    Army turned the ball over five times last week in a 30-21 loss Holy Cross, a Division I-AA team.

    Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
    ----------------- -- -- -- -- -----
    Army................ 0 0 0 0 - 0
    Rutgers............. 10 7 20 7 - 44

    RB Markis Facyson had a career high in rushing yardage with 129 yards on 32 carries. It was the most rushing yards by a true freshman in Rutgers history and was the third time a true freshman has rushed for 100 yards in a game for the Scarlet Knights. His 32 carries were the most by a Rutgers back since Oct. 31, 1998, when Jacki Crooks carried 32 times.

    Running back Markis Facyson’s 129 yards on the ground vs. Army were the most ever gained by a Rutgers true freshman. The previous best by a Scarlet Knight true freshman came last season when Marcus Jones gained 105 yards on 30 carries vs. West Virginia on Nov. 3, 2001.
    Rutgers true freshmen over 100 yards on the ground
    Markis Facyson 32-129 vs. Army (Sept. 14, 2002)
    Marcus Jones 30-105 vs. West Virginia (Nov. 3, 2001)
    Mike Fisher 15-104 vs. Lafayette (Nov. 9, 1974)

    Junior K Ryan Sands’ first-quarter field goal was a career long (45 yards). His previous career long was 44 yards vs. Buffalo on Aug. 31, 2001.

    Senior DB Shawn Seabrooks had the second-longest interception return of his career in the first quarter vs. Army. Seabrooks had a 73-yard interception return for a TD vs. Buffalo on Aug. 31, 2001. Tonight Seabrooks had a 33-yard first-quarter interception return, which came off a pass that was tipped by DT Will Burnett.

    At 7:30 p.m., with 9:36 remaining in the first quarter and Rutgers leading 10-0, the game was delayed 45 minutes due to lightning. The game was resumed at 8:15 p.m. It is believed to be the first game that has ever been delayed in the history of Rutgers Stadium.

    Freshman K Michael Cortese had three kickoffs that went for touchbacks in the first half. He also fell just short of converting a 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, the first attempt in his young career.

    Senior WR Aaron Martin saw his first action of the season vs. Army. Martin, the third-leading returning receiver in the BIG EAST in yards per reception (20.9 average), missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury.

    Starting for the first time in their Rutgers careers were sophomore Chris Loomis (TE), sophomore Sameeh McDonald (LG) and freshman Shawn Tucker (WR).

    Freshman DT Luis Rivas saw his first career action in the second quarter. Offensive linemen Rob Dinsmore, a junior, and sophomores Dan Biernacki, Mike Clancy and Mark Segaloff also played in the fourth quarter, the first time any of them has seen game action.

    For the second consecutive week, QB Ted Trump and WR Chris Baker hooked up on a TD pass. In the second quarter vs. Army, Trump connected with Baker for a 21-yard TD. Last week vs. Buffalo, Trump hit Baker for a five-yard TD score.

    Freshman WR Corey Barnes had the first reception of his career, snaring an eight-yard second-quarter pass from Ted Trump.

    Senior WR Sean Carty had the first TD reception of his career on a 13-yard, third-quarter reception.

    In the first half, Rutgers’ defense held Army to 87 total yards (50 rushing and 37 passing) and did not allow the Black Knights to enter its own territory. The deepest penetration in the first half for Army was the Army 45-yard line.

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