Everyone had a right to expect that Ted Trump would be better after having one full game under his belt but no one had a right to expect him to be sensational. But that is what he was. Trump seemed to improve every quarter. By the third quarter the former baseball player was slipping tacklers, looking off receivers, burning the Cadets on blitzes and rifling passes to open receivers as soon as they got a step of daylight.
Trump was brilliant as he connected on three touchdown passes in the game. The first was a 21 yard pass to Chris Baker which opened the RU lead to 17-0, the second was a 17 yard pass on a fade pattern to Aaron Martin who fought off excellent coverage to make the game 23-0 Rutgers. The third one was the beauty. Getting time from the RU offensive line Trump looked off receiver after receiver until Sean Carty got open for a second in the Army endzone. Trump rocketed a pass and a split second later it was Rutgers 30 - Army 0.
Trump spread the ball around hitting nine receivers in all. Ray Pilch led the Knights with 3 receptions for 45 yards. Shawn Tucker also had 3 catches for 36 yards. Corey Barnes, Chris Baker and Chris Loomis all had two receptions in the game. Four other receivers each had one.
The Knights also got a good game from Marcus Facsyon whose 139 yards on 32 carries made him only the third true freshman in Rutgers history to rush for over 100 yards in a game. The 139 yards gained by Facsyon was the best performance by a true freshman in Rutgers history.
Rutgers held Army to only 251 yards in total offense for the game.
In something out of "theatre of the absurd" the game was stopped for 45 minutes because of lightning flashes seen many miles away from Rutgers Stadium. The storm never even got remotely close to the stadium. This bonehead move could have cost the Knights the momentum that they had built up early, but RU came back showing no ill effects of the stoppage.
Tres Moses left the game with an injury after a superb punt return. There is no word as of this time as to the extent of his injury.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Ted Trump threw three touchdown passes and freshman Markis Facyson ran for 129 yards and a score as Rutgers routed Army 44-0 on Saturday night in a game briefly suspended by lightning in the first quarter.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAAF - Rutgers 44, Army 0
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Having its game against Army suspended for 45 minutes by lightning wasn't the only rarity at Rutgers on Saturday night. There were two more: The Scarlet Knights got a win, and a shutout. Ted Trump threw three touchdown passes and freshman Markis Facyson ran for 129 yards and a score as Rutgers routed Army 44-0 to end a six-game losing streak dating to last October.
Rutgers 44 Army 0
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