Scores

Final

Connecticut 24

(3-3, 0-1 American)

Rutgers 27

(3-2, 1-0 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN

7:30 PM ET, October 8, 2010

High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
CONN 7 17 0 024
RUTG 14 3 0 1027

Top Performers

Passing: C. Dodd (RUTG) - 322 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Todman (CONN) - 24 CAR, 123 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Harrison (RUTG) - 5 REC, 112 YDS, 1 TD

Rutgers rallies for 10 points in final 3:53 to beat Connecticut

Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Late fourth-quarter magic is getting to be the norm for Rutgers against Connecticut, especially when it comes to true freshman quarterbacks.

Chas Dodd threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Mark Harrison with 3:53 to play to tie it and connected on a 45-yard pass to Jeremy Deering to set up San San Te's 34-yard field goal with 13 seconds to go to lead Rutgers to a 27-24 victory over the Huskies on Friday night.

"This is great to go out there and get some playing time and get a W," Dodd said after completing 18-of-29 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns in his first start.

Dodd, who filled in for injured sophomore Tom Savage, never looked like a freshman in helping Rutgers (3-2, 1-0 Big East) snap a two-game losing streak. Dodd was poised and probably would have been close to 400 yards if his receivers hadn't dropped three 20- to 30-yard passes.

"I was just anxious," Dodd said. "I don't think you'd call it butterflies. I wasn't really nervous. I was just anxious to get out there and win."

Te also had a 28-yard field goal and Mohamed Sanu scored on a 2-yard run for the Scarlet Knights, who have beaten Connecticut three straight with all being decided in the final minute or so.

The Scarlet Knights won 28-24 last year on Savage's 81-yard TD pass to Tim Brown with 22 seconds to play. They posted a 12-10 win in 2008 when a Huskies field-goal attempt hit off the upright with just over a minute to play.

"It's kind of like we can't catch a break," said Connecticut tailback Jordan Todman, who ran for 123 yards, including a 66-yard TD run. "It was like that last year. We're a good team. We work hard and make plays, it's just like one thing can change everything and we've been falling on the other side."

Cody Endres also threw a 22-yard TD pass to Kashif Moore, and Nick Williams scored on a 100-yard kickoff return for the Huskies.

"It stings a lot," said Endres, who was 17-of-34 for 153 yards. "Rutgers is a good team. We were looking to come get our first Big East win and it didn't happen so it's very disappointing right now."

Rutgers' comeback started after Dodd led Rutgers from its own 5 to the Connecticut 13 midway through the fourth quarter. Faced with a third-and-2, Rutgers failed to make any yards on the next two downs and turned the ball over.

Rutgers' defense, which was ranked fourth nationally giving up 12 points a game, forced Connecticut into a three and out and Rutgers took over on its own 48. Dodd went play action on first down and found Harrison all alone behind Blidi Wreh-Wilson for an easy score.

"He carried the offense on his back," Rutgers safety and defensive captain Joe Lefeged said. "He made a lot of big plays throughout the whole game. He didn't play like a freshman. It didn't look like it to me. It seemed like he's been out there for a while."

The teams each got the ball twice in the final 3:53. Dodd got Rutgers into position for the win with his long pass to Deering down the left side, the same side that Harrison was all alone. Te hit the winner three plays later.

"It's definitely pretty cool," Te said. "All kickers dream about making game-winning kick. I'm just happy to do it for the team."

Connecticut scored 17 points in the final 6:36 of the second quarter to take a 24-17 lead.

Limited to 13 yards on his first eight carries, Todman ignited the comeback by darting through a gapping hole in the middle of the line for the longest TD run of his career.

After a 33-yard punt return by Taylor Mack, Endres put Connecticut ahead with his 22-yard touchdown pass to Moore.

Dave Teggart added a 17-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

The opening quarter featured a 21-point spree in a 2:44 span. Dodd hit Deering on a 46-yard pass and run to put Rutgers ahead 7-0, but Williams tied it 16 seconds later with his 100-yard kickoff return, the second straight year the Huskies had a 100-yard yarder against the Scarlet Knights.

Lefeged returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to set up Sanu's 2-yard TD run, and Te pushed the Rutgers lead to 17-7 with a 28-yard field goal 9:43 before halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CONN
RUTG
1st Downs1119
Total Yards284453
Passing153365
Rushing13188
Penalties7-2811-57
3rd Down Conversions3-143-15
4th Down Conversions0-00-2
Turnovers10
Possession24:4735:13

Passing Leaders

ConnecticutC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Endres17/341534.511
RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dodd18/2932211.120

Rushing Leaders

ConnecticutCARYDSAVGTDLG
Todman241235.1166
Moore284.008
RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas9293.2012
Sanu8273.4121

Receiving Leaders

ConnecticutRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore56412.8122
Smith33812.7021
RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harrison511222.4152
Deering310234.0146

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCONNRUTG
TD08:49Jeremy Deering 46 Yd Pass From Chas Dodd (San San Te Kick) 07
TD08:33Nick Williams 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Dave Teggart Kick) 77
TD06:05Mohamed Sanu 2 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERCONNRUTG
FG09:43San San Te 28 Yd 717
TD06:36Jordan Todman 66 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) 1417
TD04:13Kashif Moore 22 Yd Pass From Cody Endres (Dave Teggart Kick) 2117
FG00:00Dave Teggart 17 Yd 2417
FOURTH QUARTERCONNRUTG
TD03:53Mark Harrison 52 Yd Pass From Chas Dodd (San San Te Kick) 2424
FG00:13San San Te 34 Yd 2427