Scores

Final

FIU 15

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Rutgers 23

(2-1, 0-1 Big Ten)

Coverage: GamePlan

5:00 PM ET, September 19, 2009

High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
FIU 0 0 0 1515
RUTG 3 10 0 1023

Top Performers

Passing: P. McCall (FIU) - 197 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Martinek (RUTG) - 23 CAR, 121 YDS

Receiving: T. Hilton (FIU) - 9 REC, 80 YDS, 2 TD

Rutgers' defense takes care of Florida International

Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Ryan D'Imperio scored on a 38-yard interception return in the fourth quarter to cap a magnificent effort by Rutgers' defense and the Scarlet Knights defeated Florida International 23-15 on Saturday.

Rutgers (2-1) limited Florida International (0-2) to 99 yards in the first three quarters, forced three turnovers and sacked quarterback Paul McCall five times before giving up a two meaningless touchdowns in the final 6:51.

San San Te kicked field goals of 39, 29 and 27 yards, Joe Martinek ran for 121 yards and backup quarterback Dom Natale capped a 94-yard drive with a 2-yard run as the Scarlet Knights posted their second straight win with freshman Tom Savage at quarterback.

Savage struggled against an aggressive Golden Panthers' defense and spent the final 12 minutes on the bench after being dinged when he was sacked for the fourth time. He was 11 of 28 for 185 yards and no interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FIU
RUTG
1st Downs1419
Total Yards260394
Passing218234
Rushing42160
Penalties9-6513-88
3rd Down Conversions2-126-17
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers30
Possession26:0633:54

Passing Leaders

Florida InternationalC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McCall24/371975.322
RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Savage11/281856.600

Rushing Leaders

Florida InternationalCARYDSAVGTDLG
Perry11454.1021
Younger451.3013
RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Martinek231215.3025
Lovelace33411.3023

Receiving Leaders

Florida InternationalRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hilton9808.9217
Times24824.0033
RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown413132.8049
Sanu33511.7019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFIURUTG
FG07:43San San Te 39 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERFIURUTG
TD02:42Domenic Natale 2 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 010
FG00:34San San Te 29 Yd 013
FOURTH QUARTERFIURUTG
FG12:43San San Te 27 Yd 016
TD08:06Ryan D'Imperio 38 Yd Interception Return (San San Te Kick) 023
TD06:51T.Y. Hilton 8 Yd Pass From Paul McCall (Dustin Rivest Kick) 723
TD00:31T.Y. Hilton 14 Yd Pass From Paul McCall (Paul Mccall Pass To T.Y. Hilton For Two-Point Conversion) 1523