Saturday, October 16, 2010
Rutgers escapes in overtime
By Brian Bennett
It wasn't exactly NFL-level execution in an NFL stadium, but Rutgers gave fans in New Meadowlands Stadium their money's worth.
The Scarlet Knights trailed Army 17-3 after three quarters but pulled off two fourth-quarter touchdowns, survived some final-minute mismanagement and escaped in overtime for the 23-20 win.
True freshman quarterback Chas Dodd threw two touchdown passes in that fourth quarter to lead the comeback, and Rutgers defense shut out Army in the second half before holding the Black Knights to a field goal on the first overtime possession. Joe Martinek punched in the game winner for Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights won despite being outgained 399 to 248 and allowing Dodd to be sacked nine times.
Rutgers could not have afforded another nonconference loss after already falling to Tulane and North Carolina. This Army score probably won't impress anybody, though close observers know that the Black Knights are a very improved team with difficult schemes to prepare for.
The Scarlet Knights clearly have a lot to work on before resuming Big East play next week at Pitt. But they've got a winner at quarterback, and they avoided another costly loss.