Scores

Final

Rutgers 34

(3-1, 0-1 Big Ten)

Maryland 13

(1-3, 0-0 Big Ten)

3:30 PM ET, September 26, 2009

Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD

1 2 3 4 T
RUTG 7 3 7 1734
MD 3 10 0 013

Top Performers

Passing: C. Turner (MD) - 271 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: J. Martinek (RUTG) - 19 CAR, 147 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Smith (MD) - 4 REC, 112 YDS

Rutgers pulls away from error-prone Maryland

Associated Press

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- George Johnson recovered a Maryland fumble in the end zone to give Rutgers the lead, and the Scarlet Knights also scored on an interception return Saturday in a 34-13 victory over the bumbling Terrapins.

It was the third straight win for Rutgers (3-1), which took advantage of five Maryland turnovers, including three interceptions and a fumble by senior quarterback Chris Turner.

The Scarlet Knights outscored the Terrapins 24-0 in the second half. Touchdown runs by Joe Martinek of 29 and 61 yards in the final five minutes turned a close game into a blowout.

The Terrapins have committed 13 turnovers in four games and are 1/3 for the first time since 1997.

The Scarlet Knights couldn't have gotten off to a better start. On the first play from scrimmage, Rutgers linebacker Antonio Lowery picked off a Turner pass in the flat and took it 36 yards into the end zone.

Down 13-10 in the third quarter, Rutgers took over at the Maryland 17 after an interception by Billy Anderson. Although the drive was extended when the Terrapins were called for pass interference on third-and-11, Jordan Brooks was stuffed by Alex Wujciak on fourth down from the 1.

But it wasn't long until Maryland gave away the ball again, and this time it resulted in a Rutgers touchdown. Turner fumbled in the end zone when hit by blitzing safety Joe Lefeged, and Johnson smothered the ball with 2:59 left in the quarter.

Minutes later, a fumble by Terps running back Da'Rel Scott was recovered by Rutgers on the Maryland 41, setting up a field goal for a 20-13 lead.

After Maryland failed on a fourth-and-3 from the Rutgers 49, Martinek capped a three-play drive with a 29-yard touchdown run to clinch it was 4:53 left.

The Scarlet Knights played without freshman quarterback Tom Savage, who sustained a head injury in last week's game against Florida International. He was replaced by fifth-year senior Dom Natale, who went 4 for 12 for 42 yards.

But Natale didn't throw an interception, and the Scarlet Knights didn't lose a fumble, either.

Despite doubling Rutgers' yardage (200-95) in the first half, Maryland led only 13-10 at the break.

After Lowery's interception return, Turner immediately completed a 45-yard pass to Torrey Smith to set up a field goal.

It was 10-3 before Maryland moved 68 yards in three plays -- a 40-yard completion to Smith, a 4-yard run and a 24-yard touchdown pass from Turner to LaQuan Williams.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RUTG
MD
1st Downs1412
Total Yards249299
Passing42271
Rushing20728
Penalties4-2510-85
3rd Down Conversions5-145-15
4th Down Conversions0-20-2
Turnovers05
Possession34:1825:42

Passing Leaders

RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Natale4/12423.500
MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Turner21/382717.113

Rushing Leaders

RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Martinek191477.7261
Brooks17563.3011
MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott9222.406
Meggett3103.304

Receiving Leaders

RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Martinek22412.0014
Sanu199.009
MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith411228.0045
Cannon5469.2021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRUTGMD
TD14:47Antonio Lowery 36 Yd Interception Return (San San Te Kick) 70
FG12:17Nick Ferrara 38 Yd 73
SECOND QUARTERRUTGMD
FG14:56San San Te 23 Yd 103
TD13:26LaQuan Williams 24 Yd Pass From Chris Turner (Nick Ferrara Kick) 1010
FG00:11Nick Ferrara 34 Yd 1013
THIRD QUARTERRUTGMD
TD02:59George Johnson Recovered Fumble In End Zone (San San Te Kick) 1713
FOURTH QUARTERRUTGMD
FG12:48San San Te 37 Yd 2013
TD04:53Joe Martinek 29 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 2713
TD03:26Joe Martinek 61 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 3413