RB Joe Martinek ran up 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Army (Photo by Tom Ciszek, NJ Sports Photo)
Sophomore Tailback Runs for 147 Yards and Two Scores
West Point, N.Y. (Saturday, October 24, 2009) – Sophomore tailback Joe Martinek proved that the future of the Rutgers backfield is in good hands last night against Army when the Hopatcong native ran wild for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns. With the 27-10 victory, the Scarlet Knights improved to 5-2 on the season with all five of their remaining contests on the schedule being against Big East foes.
“The takeaways were critical,” Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano commented after the game. “We talked all week about ‘we’re going to make them put it on the ground, but we’ve got to be there to get the football.’”
Be there they were, as the Scarlet Knights recovered three fumbles and blocked a punt for a touchdown on a rain-soaked field at Michie Stadium. Army had fumbled the ball 21 times coming into the Friday night match-up but only lost six of those loose balls.
The Black Knights actually jumped out to a lead over their scarlet counterparts in this game, driving their triple option offense down the field on their opening drive before coming away with a field goal. Rutgers then retaliated with 17 unanswered points to take a two-touchdown lead into halftime. After Army capped off their first possession of the second half with a 17-yard touchdown run by tailback Lonnie Liggins to pull within a single score, Schiano fed the Black Knight defense a healthy dose of Martinek and the running game before leaving West Point with a 27-10 victory.
Senior wideout Tim Brown led all receivers with four catches for 101 yards, the seventh 100-yard game of his college career. True freshman quarterback Tom Savage also fared well in this contest against the 17th ranked defense in the nation, completing half of his 20 pass attempts for 164 yards.
“I thought Tom played well,” Schiano said last night. “He moved in the pocket well. That’s a very good defense, and they do some different things. I thought Tom had a good outing.”
The Scarlet Knights return to the gridiron next Saturday afternoon on the road for a conference game against UConn. The match-up is scheduled for a noon kickoff.