Scores

Final

Rutgers 19

(2-0, 1-0 away)

FIU 14

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

8:00 PM ET, September 11, 2010

FIU Stadium, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
RUTG 3 10 0 619
FIU 7 0 7 014

Top Performers

Passing: W. Carroll (FIU) - 166 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Harden (FIU) - 15 CAR, 88 YDS

Receiving: T. Hilton (FIU) - 6 REC, 49 YDS

Joe Lefeged sets up Mohamed Sanu's final TD as Rutgers holds on

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Mohamed Sanu threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Joe Lefeged had a career night on defense to help Rutgers overcome sluggish play and beat Florida International 19-14 on Saturday night.

Sanu scored the game-winning touchdown with 13:07 left in the game while Lefeged, Rutgers' starting strong safety, had an interception, forced two fumbles and blocked two punts.

Sanu lined up as the "wildcat" quarterback and rushed for a 24-yard score that erased a 14-13 FIU lead. He finished the game with only 45 yards rushing on nine carries but was also pivotal in getting Rutgers into the end zone before halftime.

With 5:23 to go in the second quarter, Sanu threw a 24-yard touchdown to D.C. Jefferson on fourth-and-2, giving the Scarlet Knights (2-0) a 10-7 lead.

That play came four plays after Lefeged intercepted FIU quarterback Wesley Carroll and returned the ball to the FIU 32-yard line.

Carroll debuted for the Panthers (0-1) after transferring from Mississippi State two years ago. He threw an interception on his first play but settled down and went 12-for-22 for 166 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Carroll threw a screen to Wayne Times that resulted in a 28-yard touchdown and gave FIU a 7-3 lead with 1:41 to go in the first quarter. FIU took the lead again with 13:16 left in the third quarter when Carroll threw a fade into the right end zone to Jeremiah Harden for a 17-yard score.

The Panthers had 371 yards of offense to Rutgers' 172 yards, but FIU had five turnovers in the game and tallied 14 penalties for 126 yards.

FIU lost its sixth-straight season opener.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RUTG
FIU
1st Downs815
Total Yards172371
Passing96204
Rushing76167
Penalties3-1514-126
3rd Down Conversions2-133-13
4th Down Conversions1-20-2
Turnovers35
Possession28:4331:17

Passing Leaders

RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Savage7/15724.801
Florida InternationalC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carroll12/221667.522

Rushing Leaders

RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sanu9444.9124
Martinek14282.009
Florida InternationalCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harden15885.9018
Mallary6305.009

Receiving Leaders

RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harrison24020.0020
Sanu4256.3017
Florida InternationalRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ellingson26633.0040
Hilton6498.2022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRUTGFIU
FG09:28San San Te 43 Yd 30
TD01:41Wayne Times 28 Yd Pass From Wesley Carroll (Jack Griffin Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERRUTGFIU
TD05:23D.C. Jefferson 24 Yd Pass From Mohamed Sanu (San San Te Kick) 107
FG01:00San San Te 42 Yd 137
THIRD QUARTERRUTGFIU
TD13:16Jeremiah Harden 17 Yd Pass From Wesley Carroll (Jack Griffin Kick) 1314
FOURTH QUARTERRUTGFIU
TD13:07Mohamed Sanu 24 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1914