Sanu Sets Big East Record in 27-12 Victory

NEW YORK — Behind another explosive, record-breaking performance from receiver Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers overcame a sluggish performance at Yankee Stadium to beat Army, 27-12. Sanu broke Larry Fitzgerald's Big East single season receptions record with a 129-yard day in what turned out to be a very fortuitous day for Rutgers football.

The month between starts clearly did not adversely effect Chas Dodd's chemistry with his top wide receiver.

Dodd made his return as the starting quarterback a triumphant one by beating Army 27-12 at Yankee Stadium with a steady stream of passes to Mohamed Sanu.

Breaking Kenny Britt's Rutgers record and Larry Fitzgerald's Big East one in the process, Sanu finished with 13 catches for 129 yards.

A leading contender for Big East Offensive Player of the Year, Sanu has 94 catches, 973 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.

"It's pretty awesome to have my name up with those guys," Sanu said."It's just a blessing to be able to put myself in a category with those guys."

Sanu, who said Fitzgerald is his favorite receiver, is initially in awe of the record, but has his sights set on 100 catches.

"It's pretty amazing just to be in the same category as him," Sanu said. "I would watch him ... he's just a tremendous player and just ... I'm kind of speechless."

Dodd did well in getting the ball in Sanu's hands, but his overall performance was reminiscent of what lost him the job earlier in the season.

Take away Sanu's 13 catches and Dodd had four completions for 67 yards and two interceptions.

"I thought I played OK," Dodd said. "Obviously there were some throws that I wish I had back, but it was just good to be back out there."

His second interception put the Rutgers defense in a tight spot in the fourth quarter. Leading by one point, Dodd missed receiver Brandon Coleman and gave the Black Knights the ball with a chance to lead.

The defense, as it continually does for the Scarlet Knights, answered the call and forced a punt after referees called back a touchdown run because of a personal foul.

Immediately after, special teams made its usual impact.

Safety Wayne Warren broke free of a blocked punt and sophomore cornerback Jordan Thomas swiftly scooped and scored from 32 yards out.

Before breaking the game open on Thomas' return, Dodd threw two touchdown passes to open the scoring for Rutgers.

On the first, Dodd hit fullback Michael Burton in the flat. He found receiver Brandon Coleman in the right corner of the end-zone for the second week in a row his other score. The sophomore finished with two touchdowns, two picks, 196 yards and a 17-for-27 passing clip.

"Chas did some really good things," said head coach Greg Schiano. "...We have to, at the quarterback position, realize that you can live to see another down. Sometimes we think that the whole game hinges on this play."

Around the rest of the Big East, the chaos continues.

Cincinnati and Louisville losses today greatly improved the Scarlet Knights' chances at a Big East Championship. At 3-2 in the conference, the Scarlet Knights (7-3) tie for first place with a win on Senior Day against Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1).

"It's great to have our last home game mean so much this year," said junior defensive tackle Scott Vallone. "Everything is on the table and we have to come ready to play."

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