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
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
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
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."