Rutgers 36, Army 21
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP)—Rutgers coach Greg Schiano thought the Scarlet Knights should have put away Army a lot sooner.
Ryan Hart completed 17 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns as Rutgers beat Army 36-21 on Saturday night. The Scarlet Knights (2-1) led 13-0 at halftime.
“We gave up way too many opportunities in the first half,” said Schiano. “That game should have been a 35- or 42-nothing game at the half. I was very proud of the way the team came out in the third quarter and played and really got after it.”
“Shawn Tucker caught four passes for 67 yards, and Tres Moses had two TD catches to help the Scarlet Knights rebound from a loss last week to Michigan State.
Rutgers dominated the offensively, averaging 6 yards a play, but Army came up with some big stops in the first half to keep the Black Knights (0-2) close.
Rutgers’ defense put the Scarlet Knights on the board first.
In Army’s opening series, Rutgers linebacker William Gilkison shook off a block and sacked Army quarterback Zac Dahman, forcing a fumble that Brian Bender recovered in the Army end zone.
Rutgers threatened to score on its next series, driving to the Army 6-yard line, but Delente Brewer intercepted Hart’s pass to end Rutgers’ chance.
Army again thwarted Rutgers with a goal-line stand at its own 1-yard line at the start of the second quarter. Rutgers drove 39 yards in nine plays but on fourth down, Ted Trump fumbled and Army took over.
Hart, who had 162 yards passing in the first half, came back and connected with Jerry Andre for a 39-yard TD pass to cap a 10-play scoring drive with 39 seconds left in the half. After a failed kick attempt, Rutgers took a 13-0 lead into the locker room.
Rutgers opened the second half with a 3-play, 19-yard drive that ended with a 16-yard touchdown catch by Moses that gave the Scarlet Knights a 20-0 lead.
Army got on the board in the third quarter with a 5-yard TD run Tielor Robinson.
Matt Silva, replacing Dahman, hit Jacob Murphy for a 26-yard TD for Army’s second TD, and scored on a 1-yard run within the last two minutes for Army.
Silva completed 10 of 12 passes for 117 yards in relief. Dahman, who was substituted for Reggie Nevels during Army’s opening week loss to Connecticut, connected on 14 of 36 passes for 134 yards.
Army managed just four first downs in the first half and had just 55 yards rushing for the game.
“We were pathetic on offense two weeks in a row,” said Army coach Todd Berry. “This team’s got a great amount of heart. We have to play smarter football than what we’ve been playing right now. We continue to not execute the way we should be able to execute and that’s my fault.”
Brian Leonard answered Army’s late scores with a 61-yard touchdown run with 14 seconds left. The run gave Leonard 132 yards rushing on the day.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to learn as much as we learned today and still get a ‘W,”’ Schiano said. “This is a young football team that learned a lot.”