Rapid Reaction: Rutgers 27, Army 12

November, 12, 2011
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NEW YORK -- A quick take on Rutgers' 27-12 win over Army on Saturday afternoon, at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

WHAT IT MEANS: Rutgers wins its final nonconference game of the season. It's the Scarlet Knights' second straight win, and they improve to 7-3 overall.

But perhaps the biggest development of the day is that Cincinnati lost its first conference game of the season, 24-21 to West Virginia. That, coupled with Louisville's loss to Pittsburgh, means the Big East race is wide open. Cincinnati has one Big East loss; Rutgers, West Virginia, Louisville and Pittsburgh all have two.

Also, Cincinnati lost quarterback Zach Collaros to a leg injury. Rutgers hosts Cincinnati next Saturday.

Army falls to 3-7 on the season.

TALE OF TWO HALVES: Army controlled the game for much of the first 30 minutes, rushing the ball 27 times for 129 yards and holding the ball for 18:57. But twice when they were inside the Rutgers 5-yard line twice, Army had to settle for two field goals. The Scarlet Knights were able to take advantage and tie it up on their final drive of the half. Chas Dodd hit redshirt freshman fullback Michael Burton for a 3-yard touchdown, but San San Te missed the extra point, giving us a 6-6 halftime score.

The Scarlet Knights struck again on the opening drive of the second half, Dodd connecting with wideout Brandon Coleman for a 38-yard touchdown, making the score 13-6. Army answered with a 2-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, but the point-after attempt hit the right upright. Dodd threw two second-half interceptions, but the Scarlet Knights were able to survive them. They salted the game away with a punt block returned for a touchdown by Jordan Thomas, and a 56-yard touchdown run by Jawan Jamison.

RECORD BREAKER: Rutgers junior wide receiver Mohamed Sanu had another huge game, with 13 catches for 129 yards -- his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the season. Sanu now has 94 catches on the year. That breaks Kenny Britt's Rutgers single-season record (87) and Larry Fitzgerald's Big East single-season record (92).

BOTTLED UP: For the second time this season, the Rutgers defense did an outstanding job against a triple-option offense. Against Navy last month, the Scarlet Knights held the Midshipmen -- averaging 366 rushing yards per game -- to 162. Against Army on Saturday, the Scarlet Knights held the Black Knights -- averaging 365.8 rushing yards per game -- to 228, on 54 carries.

Also, 55 of those Army rushing yards came on one play, the third play from scrimmage in the first quarter. Otherwise, Rutgers limited Army to just 3.3 yards per carry.

WHAT'S NEXT: Rutgers will host Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1 Big East) next Saturday at noon, in a game that's suddenly pivotal to the Big East title chase.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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