Scores
Insight Bowl

Final

Arizona State 45

(7-5, 4-4 Pac-12)

Rutgers 40

(7-5, 4-3 American)

8:30 PM ET, December 27, 2005

CHASE FIELD, PHOENIX, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
ASU 7 10 14 1445
RUTG 17 7 6 1040

Top Performers

Passing: R. Carpenter (ASU) - 467 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: R. Burgess (ASU) - 17 CAR, 102 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Miller (ASU) - 5 REC, 135 YDS, 2 TD

Arizona St. rides Carpenter's arm to Insight Bowl title

PHOENIX (AP) -- They closed the roof at the Insight Bowl on Tuesday night and an Arena Football League game broke out.

At least that's the way it seemed as the teams mowed up and down the field for 1,210 yards, a record for any bowl game, before Arizona State escaped with a 45-40 victory over Rutgers.

Rudy Carpenter threw for 467 yards and four touchdowns and Arizona State amassed an Insight Bowl-record 678 yards.

The total yards broke the NCAA mark of 1,158 set by Hawaii and Houston in the 2003 Hawaii Bowl.

The Scarlet Knights (7-5), in their second bowl game in school history and first since 1978, led 33-31 after Jeremy Ito's 48-yard field goal with 12:56 to play.

But the favored Sun Devils (7-5) took the lead for good when, on second-and-25, Carpenter threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Matt Miller. The two-point conversion pass to Brent Miller was good and Arizona State led 39-33 with 10 minutes left.

"My biggest fear, if there was one, was getting into a shootout with this team," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "There's been nobody that's really stopped them."

Consecutive false start penalties ruined Rutgers' next possession, and the Sun Devils scored again on an eight-play, 69-yard drive, Rudy Burgess getting his second TD of the night on a four-yard run to put Arizona State up 45-33 with 4:26 remaining.

Ryan Hart's 29-yard touchdown pass to Tres Moses kept it close at 45-40 with 2 mintues to go, but Zach Miller recovered the onside kick and the Sun Devils ran out the clock to win consecutive bowl games for the first time since 1987.

"That," Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter said, "was a fun game to be a part of."

Hart, in his final game for Rutgers, completed 24-of-38 for 374 yards and three scores.

"It was a tough loss but I had so much fun tonight," Hart said. "Me throwing my last college pass for a touchdown, I'll never forget that."

Burgess had 103 yards in 16 carries. Ray Rice, the Knights' 18-year-old freshman, gained 108 yard in 20 attempts.

Ito kicked four field goals, including a career-best and bowl-record 52-yarder.

Carpenter, a redshirt freshman who took over for injured Sam Keller eight games into the season, completed 23-of-35 passes and was not intercepted. He had touchdown passes of 43 and 42 yards to Matt Miller, a 1-yarder to Zach Miller and a 22-yard TD toss to Terry Richardson.

"Before the game I just felt good," Carpenter said. "I was getting off the bus and told the coaches that if this was a basketball game, I could score 50 points."

Rutgers led 24-10 in the first half before Arizona State scored late to make it 24-17 at the break.

"Let's face it, we were lucky, lucky, lucky to be down by one touchdown in the first half," Koetter said. "In the first half, we were embarrasseed."

The Scarlet Knights went 80 yards in eight plays on the game's first possession. Hart was 4-for-4 on the drive. His 21-yarder to Moses put the ball on the 14, and his 12-yard pass to Brian Leonard made it first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Hart threw a yard to Clark Harris for the touchdown.

Arizona State matched it with an 80-yard drive after the kickoff. Carpenter connected with Matt Miller for the 43-yard score.

Rutgers mowed through the ASU defense again on its next possession. Leonard took a short pass from Hart and gained 38 yards, then caught another and ran 31 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown to put the Scarlet Knights ahead 14-7 with 8:51 still to go in the first quarter.

Preston Jones fumbled the next time Arizona State had the ball, and Ramel Meekins recovered at the ASU 46. The subsequent Rutgers drive stalled at the Sun Devils 8, and Ito's 25-yard field goal made it 17-7 with 5:22 remaining in the first quarter.

Leonard's two-yard TD run put the Scarlet Knights up 24-10 2:29 before halftime.

That was plenty of time for ASU, averaging more than 500 yards per game, to go 80 yards. Carpenter tossed a 1-yard TD pass to Zach Miller to cut the lead to 24-17 with 39 seconds to go in the half.

The Sun Devils tied it on their first possession of the second half. Carpenter's 40-yard pass to Jamaal Lewis set up a 1-yard TD run by Burgess that made it 24-24.

Arizona State took its first lead, 31-27, with 6:37 left in the third quarter on Carpenter's 22-yard touchdown pass to Richardson, who redeemed himself after a personal foul penalty threatened to stall the drive.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ASU
RUTG
1st Downs3324
Total Yards679532
Passing467374
Rushing212158
Penalties11-10210-70
3rd Down Conversions2-103-11
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers22
Possession31:1528:45

Passing Leaders

Arizona StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Carpente...23/3546713.340-
RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Hart24/383749.831-

Rushing Leaders

Arizona StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Burgess171026.0218
Herring19794.2015
RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rice201085.4016
Leonard10464.6113

Receiving Leaders

Arizona StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miller513527.0243
Hagan59719.4031
RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moses711316.1129
Leonard69816.3138

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERASURUTG
TD12:52CLARK HARRIS 1 YD PASS FROM RYAN HART (JEREMY ITO KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 60 yards.
07
TD10:09MATT MILLER 43 YD PASS FROM RUDY CARPENTER (JESSE AINSWORTH KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
77
TD8:51BRIAN LEONARD 31 YD PASS FROM RYAN HART (JEREMY ITO KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 74 yards.
714
FG5:22JEREMY ITO 25 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 38 yards.
717
SECOND QUARTERASURUTG
FG6:20JESSE AINSWORTH 20 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 52 yards.
1017
TD2:29BRIAN LEONARD 3 YD RUN (JEREMY ITO KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
1024
TD0:39ZACH MILLER 1 YD PASS FROM RUDY CARPENTER (JESSE AINSWORTH KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
1724
THIRD QUARTERASURUTG
TD13:16RUDY BURGESS 1 YD RUN (JESSE AINSWORTH KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 70 yards.
2424
FG6:53JEREMY ITO 23 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 49 yards.
2427
TD4:33TERRY RICHARDSON 22 YD PASS FROM RUDY CARPENTER (JESSE AINSWORTH KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 78 yards.
3127
FG2:05JEREMY ITO 52 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 24 yards.
3130
FOURTH QUARTERASURUTG
FG12:56JEREMY ITO 48 YD FG
Drive info: 5 plays, 28 yards.
3133
TD10:00MATT MILLER 42 YD PASS FROM RUDY CARPENTER (BRENT MILLER 2PT PASS FROM RUDY CARPENTER)
Drive info: 8 plays, 76 yards.
3933
TD4:26RUDY BURGESS 4 YD RUN (FAILED 2PT RUSH)
Drive info: 8 plays, 69 yards.
4533
TD2:00TRES MOSES 29 YD PASS FROM RYAN HART (JEREMY ITO KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 63 yards.
4540