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Sanu posts career day in receptions, yards and touchdowns, sets BIG EAST record

 

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 24, 2011) – Junior WR Mohamed Sanu (South Brunswick, N.J.) put up career numbers in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns to help propel Rutgers football to a 38-26 win against Ohio (3-1) on Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Sanu hauled in 16 catches for 176 yards with two touchdowns – all career bests – as the Scarlet Knights improved to 2-1 on the season. The 16 receptions set a BIG EAST and Rutgers record for catches in the game. He also became the first Scarlet Knight since 2004 to record 10-plus receptions in two consecutive games.

 

Sophomore OB Chas Dodd (Lyman, S.C.) went 21-of-32 for 232 yards with three touchdowns, while redshirt freshman RB Jawan Jamison carried 29 times for 97 yards to help lead the Rutgers offense.

The Scarlet Knights got on the board first with 6:29 left in the first quarter on a six-yard passing touchdown from Dodd to Sanu. The score was setup after junior LB Ka’Lial Glaud (Atco, N.J.) recovered an Ohio fumble on the Rutgers 29 yard line. Jamison recorded a 22-yard run on the drive to lead to the RU score.

Ohio tied the game at 7-7 following an interception as Tyler Tettleton completed a 10-yard TD pass to LaVon Brazill.

Rutgers took the lead back with 9:13 left in the second quarter on a three-yard touchdown run from freshman Savon Huggins (Jackson, N.J.) – his third score of the season. The rush capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive that took 5:33.

Ohio drove down the field in response, but Steve Beauharnais (Saddle Brook, N.J.) sniffed out the option play from the Bobcats, forcing and recovering a fumble to give the Scarlet Knights possession once again.

After the Scarlet Knights were forced to punt on the next drive, junior Wayne Warren (Salisbury, Md.) caused a fumble on the return that was scooped up by Glaud and returned to the three yard line. The ball became loose again, but junior DB Marcus Cooper (Bloomfield, Conn.) was right there to pick up the ball and bring it in for a touchdown to give the Scarlet Knights a 21-7 lead. It was the 48th non-offensive touchdown in the Greg Schiano era and first career TD for Cooper.

Ohio kicked a 42-yard field at the end of the second quarter to set the halftime score at 21-10 in favor of Rutgers.

The Bobcats scored a touchdown on the first possession following the break to make it 21-17, but it was Sanu again for Rutgers who helped push the Scarlet Knights to an 11-point lead, 28-17. His second score of the day was a four-yard catch from Dodd. Sanu also had a 32-yard reception on a third down to extend the drive.

The Bobcats answered back with a 34-yard field goal from Matt Weller to close it to an eight-point gap at 28-20. Rutgers opened the fourth quarter, adding to its lead as senior PK San San Te (Conover, N.C.) kicked a 44-yard field goal to give RU a 31-20 edge.

The Rutgers scoring didn’t end there as connected on his third touchdown pass of the game, this time to sophomore TE Paul Carrezola (Langhorne, Pa.). The 11-yard pitch and catch put the Scarlet Knights ahead 38-20.

Ohio scored a late touchdown with 1:39 left to play but a failed two-point conversion attempt held the score at 38-20 with the Scarlet Knights running out the clock on three straight carries from Jamison.

Rutgers will travel north to face Syracuse in its BIG EAST opener on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Noon. The game will be broadcasted live on SNY.

POST GAME NOTES

Team Notes

Rutgers moved to 2-1 on the season with a 38-26 victory over previously unbeaten Ohio (3-1) Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. The Scarlet Knights are now 2-1 all-time versus the Bobcats.

Game captains for the Scarlet Knights were senior FS David Rowe, senior OL Caleb Ruch, senior WR Jawann Westerman and senior DE Manny Abreu.

The Rutgers coaching staff wore Coach to Cure MD patches today to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.

Rutgers moved to 29-18-1 all-time vs. MAC opponents, including an 8-1 mark under head coach Greg Schiano.

The Scarlet Knights established season-highs in rushing yards (159), passing yards (251) and total offense (410) against the nation’s 20th-ranked defense. Ohio entered the game allowing just 247.7 yards of total offense per game.

Rutgers was 11-of-18 (61.1%) on third downs against the nation’s number one defense on third down conversions. Coming into the game, Ohio limited the opposition to just 9-of-27 conversions on third downs.

For the 48th time under Greg Schiano, Rutgers scored a non-offensive touchdown in the win over Ohio. Marcus Cooper recovered a fumble for a two-yard touchdown after Wayne Warren forced a fumble on a punt return, which was then returned by Ka’Lial Glaud to the two-yard line before he fumbled, which Cooper than returned two yards for a touchdown.

Player Notes

Junior WR Mohamed Sanu set a new BIG EAST and school record with 16 receptions in the victory over Ohio. Sanu ended the day with career-highs in receptions (16), receiving yards (176) and receiving touchdowns (2).

The 16 receptions by Sanu are the most by a player in a single-game nationally in 2011, trailing only Southern California’s Robert Woods. Woods caught 17 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns vs. Minnesota on Sept. 3.

Sanu became the first Scarlet Knight since Tres Moses in 2004 to record 10-plus receptions in two consecutive games. Sanu, who tied a school-record with 13 receptions at North Carolina, has 29 receptions in two games, the most by any player in Rutgers’ history.

Moses had 10 receptions for 109 yards at Syracuse (10/2/04) and 11 catches for 147 yards at Vanderbilt (10/9/04).

The 176 yards receiving for Sanu placed him tied for 11th in single-game history at Rutgers with current NFL standout Kenny Britt. Britt also caught six passes for 176 yards in 2007 vs. Syracuse.

The 176 yards receiving for Sanu marked the fifth time he eclipsed 100 yards receiving in a game.

Three players earned their first career starts for the Scarlet Knights. True freshman RT Kaleb Johnson, redshirt freshman RG Betim Bujari and true freshman RB Savon Huggins made their starting debuts.

Redshirt freshman RB Jawan Jamison produced career-highs in rushing attempts (29), rushing yards (97) and receiving yards (22). It was the most carries by a Scarlet Knight since Jeremy Deering totaled 29 rushing attempts for 166 yards and a touchdown last season vs. Syracuse.

Senior FS David Rowe finished with a career-high 10 tackles. His previous game-high for tackles was seven.

 

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