PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Tres Moses scored on a 66-yard punt
return and a 15-yard pass play in the first quarter and Rutgers
broke a nine-game losing streak with a season-opening 24-10 victory
over Buffalo on Saturday night.
Ryan Hart threw for a career-best 225 yards and a touchdown and
freshman Justise Hairston scored on a 6-yard run as Rutgers built a
21-0 halftime lead in sending Buffalo to its 11th straight loss.
Rutgers, which only won three games in coach Greg Schiano's
first two seasons, played well in avenging a 34-11 loss to Buffalo
last season, the Bulls' only win.
The Scarlet Knights gained 406 yards in total offense, their
highest total since gaining 533 yards against Navy on Oct. 20,
Moses, who missed most of last season with a knee injury,
ignited the Scarlet Knights when he fielded a Dominic Milano punt
at the Rutgers 34, sidestepped an initial defender, cut across the
field and scored down the left sideline.
Buffalo came right back and drove to the Rutgers 9 before
Schiano helped stall the drive by convincing referee Don Amicon to
enforce a pass interference call against Buffalo receiver Matt
The officials had waved off the call initially because Knueven
had stepped out of bounds earlier on the play. Schiano convinced
them the receiver still interfered with his defender and they
enforced a 15-yard penalty.
After Baker missed a 38-yard field goal attempt, Hart drove
Rutgers 80 yards in nine plays. The final 15 yards came on a pass
to a wide-open Moses, who had five catches for 47 yards.
The 80-yard drive matched Rutgers' longest of last season.
Before the half ended, Rutgers topped it, going 91 yards in 13
plays. Hart, who completed 21 of 31 passes, kept the drive alive
with a fourth-down pass to fullback Brian Leonard, who made a
one-handed catch. Hairston capped the drive with his run.
Buffalo threatened to make it a game in the third quarter,
scoring 10 straight points, the last seven coming on the long run
by Dawson, who had 125 yards on 14 carries.
However, Rutgers' defense stiffened the rest of the way, and
Ryan Sands added a late 20-yard field goal.