Navy Falls At No. 15 Rutgers
Rutgers' running back Ray Rice (27) is tackled by Navy defenders Irv Spencer and Jeff Deliz in the first quarter (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Sept. 7, 2007
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Ray Rice became the career rushing leader at No. 15 Rutgers. Rice rushed for 175 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Scarlet Knights' fourth-quarter stand held off the Midshipmen 41-24 on Friday night.
Rice scored on runs of 4 and 2 yards and caught his first touchdown pass on a 22-yard catch and run from Mike Teel late in the first half. He has gained 3,273 yards rushing in his career, breaking the old school record of 3,114 set by Terrell Willis (1993-95).
Teel, who was 14-of-19 for 266 yards, also threw a 12-yard TD pass to Shamar Graves and clinched the game with a 53-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Britt with 9:05 to play.
Jeremy Ito kicked field of 28 and 20 yards as the Scarlet Knights (2-0) won their ninth straight game at home.
With Navy down 17-7 late in the first half, Kaheaku-Enhada, who had only thrown one interception in his last 56 attempts, drove the Middies to the Rutgers 4. On a second and goal, linebacker Damaso Munoz put pressure on the quarterback and he threw to ball right to Rutgers safety Ron Girault in the end zone.
Rutgers went 80 yards on the ensuing possession and opened a 24-7 lead when Rice scored on the screen with 34 seconds left in the half.
Kaheaku-Enhada scored on the opening possession of the second half to cut the lead to 24-14, and cornerback Ketric Buffin intercepted Teel on the Scarlet Knights next possession, giving Navy the ball at the Rutgers 34.
The Middies got a first down at the Rutgers 22, but Kaheaku-Enhada went play action after a time out and was intercepted in the back of the end zone by Courtney Greene.
Rutgers followed the last pick with a 15-play drive that Ito capped with his 20-yarder for a 27-14 lead.
Navy had one more chance to get back in the game, moving from its own 20 to the Rutgers 18 for a first down. However, three plays netted two yards and the Middies settled for a 34-yard field goal by Matt Harmon, cutting the lead to 27-17.
Teel's long touchdown pass to Britt and Rice's late 2-yard scamper for his sixth touchdown of the season came on his 37th carry and gave Rutgers its third straight win over Navy.
Navy backup quarterback Jarod Bryant closed out the scoring with a 2-yard run with less than a minute to play. The Midshipmen, who rushed for 361 yards in a win over Temple last week, ran for 254 against Rutgers.
The game drew a crowd of 43,514, the third largest in Rutgers' history and the fourth straight sellout, a school record.