Scores

Final

Howard 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Rutgers 45

(1-1, 1-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

3:30 PM ET, September 12, 2009

High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
HOW 0 7 0 07
RUTG 10 32 3 045

Top Performers

Passing: T. Savage (PITT) - 223 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Brooks (RUTG) - 17 CAR, 124 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: T. Brown (RUTG) - 3 REC, 132 YDS, 1 TD

Savage-led Rutgers bounces back with romp

Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Freshman Tom Savage passed for 223 yards and two touchdowns in his first start and Rutgers rebounded from a dismal season-opening loss to pound Howard 45-7 on Saturday.

Backup halfback Jourdan Brooks ran for 124 yards and scored on runs of 6, 2 and 57 yards in the first half as the Scarlet Knights tallied on seven straight possessions, including a spree of four touchdowns in six plays.

Savage, who was considered the heir apparent to Mike Teel entering the season, hit fullback Jack Corcoran on a 21-yard touchdown pass and connected with Tim Brown on a 68-yard scoring play. He completed 8 of 13 passes, averaging almost 28 yards a completion.

San San Te kicked three field goals for Rutgers, which was embarrassed 47-15 by No. 23 Cincinnati on Monday.

Howard got a 40-yard touchdown pass from Floyd Haigler to Willie Carter in its season opener. The Bison, a Football Championship Subdivision team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, received $325,000 to play their Big East opponent.

The only thing that really went wrong for Rutgers was the opening kickoff. Backup tight end Evan Lampert fumbled the short kick and Lanny Kelly recovered at the Scarlet Knights' 24.

Two plays later, Haigler lost the ball while going back to pass and Damaso Munoz recovered for Rutgers.

It was all Scarlet Knights after that.

Savage threw a 49-yard pass to Brown on his second snap to set up Te's 24-yard field goal. An 11-yard run by Joe Martinek and passes of 15 yards to Brown and 17 yards to freshman Mohamed Sanu set up Brooks' 6-yard TD run.

Rutgers' offense went into overdrive on its next four possessions, scoring touchdowns on drives of 67, 6, 68 and 57 yards in six plays.

Savage hit tight end D.C. Jefferson 46 yards and followed that with his 21-yard score to Corcoran on a swing pass.

Defensive tackle Charlie Noonan recovered a Brandon Drayton fumble at the Howard 6 on the next series and Brooks scored from the 2 after a pass interference penalty.

Savage and Brown hooked up on their bomb the next time Rutgers got the ball. Brooks, who carried 17 times before being injured in the third quarter, answered Howard's touchdown by breaking two tackles on his long touchdown run on the Scarlet Knights' next play from scrimmage.

Te added a 20-yard field goal late in the second quarter for a 42-7 lead. He kicked a 30-yarder in the second half.

Savage became the fifth quarterback in Rutgers history to start as a true freshman, joining Ryan Hart (2002), Ryan Cubit (2001), Mike McMahon (1997) and Jacque LaPrairie (1981).

The Scarlet Knights have played four MEAC teams since coach Greg Schiano took over in 2000, outscoring them 199-14.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOW
RUTG
1st Downs1419
Total Yards264468
Passing151223
Rushing113245
Penalties14-1215-41
3rd Down Conversions3-143-10
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers31
Possession30:2329:37

Passing Leaders

HowardC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Haigler12/271515.610
RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Savage8/1322317.220

Rushing Leaders

HowardCARYDSAVGTDLG
Haigler14553.9011
Williams6244.0012
RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brooks171247.3357
Williams14896.4044

Receiving Leaders

HowardRECYDSAVGTDLG
Carter59418.8140
Hayes11818.0018
RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown313244.0168
Jefferson14646.0046

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOWRUTG
FG11:09San San Te 24 Yd 03
TD03:53Jourdan Brooks 6 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTERHOWRUTG
TD14:13Jack Corcoran 21 Yd Pass From Tom Savage (San San Te Kick) 017
TD13:04Jourdan Brooks 2 Yd Run (Shamar Graves Run For Two-Point Conversion) 025
TD10:39Tim Brown 68 Yd Pass From Tom Savage (San San Te Kick) 032
TD06:20Willie Carter 40 Yd Pass From Floyd Haigler (Dennis Wiehberg Kick) 732
TD06:02Jourdan Brooks 57 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 739
FG01:04San San Te 20 Yd 742
THIRD QUARTERHOWRUTG
FG00:38San San Te 30 Yd 745