Scores

Final

Texas Southern 0

(1-4, 0-1 SWAC)

Rutgers 42

(4-1, 0-1 Big Ten)

3:30 PM ET, October 10, 2009

High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
TXSO 0 0 0 00
RUTG 14 14 7 742

Top Performers

Passing: T. Savage (PITT) - 150 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: D. Williams (RUTG) - 19 CAR, 132 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Brown (RUTG) - 6 REC, 94 YDS, 1 TD

Rutgers routs Texas Southern for 600th victory

Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Joe Martinek scored on runs of 9 and 15 yards and Rutgers won its 600th game with a 42-0 victory over Texas Southern on Saturday.

Freshman Tom Savage returned to the starting lineup after missing the Scarlet Knights' last game with a concussion and threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Tim Brown.

Jourdan Brooks also scored on a 5-yard run, David Rowe added a 56-yard interception return and De'Antwan Williams rushed for a 44-yard touchdown as Rutgers (4-1) won its fourth straight game.

Rutgers forced four turnovers and recorded seven sacks in limiting Texas Southern (1-4) to 126 total yards.

Arvell Nelson was 13-for-27 for 151 yards with two interceptions for the Tigers, who had minus-25 yards rushing.

Texas Southern was Rutgers' second Football Championship Subdivision opponent this season. The NCAA allows Football Bowl Subdivision schools to count only one victory over an FCS opponent toward the six-win minimum to qualify for a bowl berth.

The positive for Texas Southern was that it got a $400,000 payday to come to the birthplace of college football.

Rutgers played the first college game against Princeton in 1869. The Scarlet Knights are now 600-591-42 in their 140-year history. They are the 38th FCS school to win 600 games.

Rowe, a reserve defensive back, gave Rutgers the lead for good, stepping in front of a Nelson pass at the Scarlet Knights' 44 and followed a wall of blockers down the sideline for his first career touchdown.

A short punt, a personal foul and an 18-yard pass from Savage (14 of 21 for 150 yards) to Brown set up Martinek's 9-yard TD run late in the first quarter.

A 28-yard scramble by Savage was the big play in the 67-yard drive that Martinek capped with his 15-yard run.

Martinek played only in the first half and finished with 51 yards on eight carries.

Jourdan had runs of 11 and 12 yards on the 53-yard touchdown drive that he capped with his 5-yard score for a 28-0 halftime lead.

Three straight tackles for losses and a short punt set up Savage's touchdown pass to Brown in the third quarter.

Williams, who gained 117 yards on 14 carries in taking over for Martinek and Brooks in the fourth quarter, closed out the scoring with his 44-yard run.

Jonathan Freeny had 2 1/2 sacks for Rutgers and George Johnson and Justin Francis had two apiece.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TXSO
RUTG
1st Downs1019
Total Yards126417
Passing151164
Rushing-25253
Penalties10-7512-80
3rd Down Conversions4-126-13
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers40
Possession25:0434:56

Passing Leaders

Texas SouthernC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nelson13/271515.602
RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Savage14/211507.110

Rushing Leaders

Texas SouthernCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gilbert771.005
Warren210.502
RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams191326.9144
Martinek8516.4215

Receiving Leaders

Texas SouthernRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas57915.8021
Hannah44411.0019
RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown69415.7134
Hayes22512.5020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTXSORUTG
TD08:47David Rowe 56 Yd Interception Return (San San Te Kick) 07
TD00:41Joe Martinek 9 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERTXSORUTG
TD09:39Joe Martinek 15 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 021
TD01:22Jourdan Brooks 5 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 028
THIRD QUARTERTXSORUTG
TD09:13Tim Brown 34 Yd Pass From Tom Savage (San San Te Kick) 035
FOURTH QUARTERTXSORUTG
TD11:31De'Antwan Williams 44 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 042