3:30 PM ET, September 13, 2003
Michie Stadium, WEST POINT, NY
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."
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.
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."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||6-13||6-19|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-2|
|TD||9:59||BRIAN BENDER 0 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (RYAN SANDS KICK)||7||0|
|TD||0:39||JERRY ANDRE 39 YD PASS FROM RYAN HART (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yards.
|TD||11:12||TRES MOSES 16 YD PASS FROM RYAN HART (MICHAEL CORTESE KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 19 yards.
|TD||5:12||TIELOR ROBINSON 5 YD RUN (ANTHONY ZURISKO KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 20 yards.
|TD||1:00||TRES MOSES 10 YD PASS FROM RYAN HART (FAILED 2PT PASS)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yards.
|FG||6:06||MICHAEL CORTESE 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||1:06||JACOB MURPHY 26 YD PASS FROM MATT SILVA (FAILED 2PT PASS)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 81 yards.
|TD||0:28||MATT SILVA 1 YD RUN (AARON ALEXANDER 2PT PASS FROM MATT SILVA)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 50 yards.
|TD||0:14||BRIAN LEONARD 61 YD RUN (MICHAEL CORTESE KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 44 yards.