(Saturday, September 24th)
Final Score: Rutgers 38, Ohio 26
Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) - Mohamed Sanu had a memorable day, catching a Big East record 16 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns to propel Rutgers to a 38-26 win over Ohio at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Sanu set a new Rutgers record with the 16 grabs, which surpassed the initial Big East single game reception record of 13. Sanu had tied the conference record with 13 catches against North Carolina on September 10.
Quarterback Chas Dodd completed 21-of-32 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns for Rutgers (2-1), which also received 97 yards rushing from Jawan Jamison.
Ohio (3-1), which only had 65 yards rushing, was led by quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who completed 23-of-36 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns. The Bobcats lost four fumbles, leading to 17 Rutgers' points.
Dodd found Sanu for a seven yard touchdown pass at the 6:29 mark of the first quarter, but Ohio knotted the score at seven later in the stanza after Tettleton hit LaV on Brazill on a 10-yard touchdown pass.
Rutgers running back Savon Huggins capped an eight play, 60 yard drive with a three-yard touchdown with 9:13 left in the half. Rutgers extended the lead to 21-7 following a wild punt return by Brazill, who fumbled at the Ohio 16 before the ball was eventually scooped up by Marcus Cooper at the three yard line and returned for a score.
Ohio pulled within 21-10 on Matt Weller's 42 yard field goal as first half time expired, and Tettleton got the Bobcats within four early in the third quarter, hitting Donte Foster for a 31-yard touchdown.
But Dodd countered with a nine-play, 62 yard drive that culminated in a four yard touchdown strike to Sanu. Weller hit a 34 yard field goal at the 6:46 mark of the third quarter, but a Ryan Boykin fumble allowed Rutgers to capitalize with a 44 yard field goal by San San Te, which ballooned the Scarlet Knight's lead to 31-20 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
Dodd all but sealed the game with an 11 yard touchdown pass to Paul Carrezola with five minutes left, after marching Rutgers 80 yards in a 13-play drive that chewed up over eight minutes of clock.
Tettleton hit Riley Dunlop on a 10 yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 38-26 at the 1:39 mark of the fourth quarter, but Ohio wasn't able to convert the two-point conversion or recover the subsequent onside kick.
09/24 20:04:28 ET