Rutgers Football: Better Late Than Never in Scarlet Knights Win over Army

David AbelContributor IIINovember 14, 2011

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 12:  Michael Burton #46 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights is congratulated by his teammates for his touchdown in the second quarter against the Army Black Knights  at Yankee Stadium on November 12, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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A blocked punt with 6:36 remaining and Jawan Jamison's big run helped the Rutgers Scarlet Knights seal the game in a win over Army in Yankee Stadium Saturday afternoon.

With just under 7:00 left in the contest, Army lined up in punt formation trailing by one. Before the ball was kicked, Rutgers defensive back Wayne Warren burst through the Army line and blocked the kick attempt. As the ball skidded around the Yankee Stadium sod, Jordan Thomas scooped it up and ran it 32 yards for the touchdown.

Minutes later, the Rutgers offense put the game away with a 56-yard scamper by RB Jawan Jamison, improving the Scarlet Knights' lead to 27-12.

On the opening drive, Army took the ball 58 yards before the Scarlet Knights defense stepped up. They held Army to a field goal and only a 3-0 lead.

The following drive was also capped off from an Alex Carlton chip-shot field goal. At the end of one frame, Army led 6-0.

In the second quarter, Rutgers QB Chas Dodd found Michael Burton and they connected for the score. Following the score, however, San San Te missed the extra point and the game was left tied at six apiece.

After the intermission, Dodd found WR Brandon Coleman for a 38-yard hook-up. The pass capped off an 8-play 67-yard drive in just over four minutes. Te converted this extra point and RU had the lead, 13-6.

The rest of the third quarter, the teams traded possessions. Army punted twice while Rutgers failed to make a field goal and threw a late interception.

At the start of the fourth, Larry Dixon bulled in from 2 yards to cut the Army deficit to one. Alex Carlton's extra point attempt failed and they continued to trail, 13-12.

After each team traded possessions again, Rutgers finally pulled away.

For the game, Rutgers finally rushed for over 100 yards for the first time in weeks. They also had solid performances from Chas Dodd (17-27, 196 yards, 2 TD) and Mohamed Sanu (13 catches, 129 yards).

Rutgers hosts Cincinnati next week at High Point Solutions Stadium with huge implications on the Big East picture. With a win, RU will be tied with the Bearcats at the top of the conference with only a game remaining. Currently the game is scheduled for 12:00pm.