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NEW YORK -- Mohamed Sanu set a Big East single-season record for receptions and Jordan Thomas returned a blocked punt 32-yard for a touchdown as Rutgers defeated Army 27-12 Saturday in the first game between the schools since Scarlet Knights player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in October 2010.
LeGrand took part in the coin toss before the game at Yankee Stadium along with Malcolm Brown, the player he tackled on his last college play.
Sanu finished with 13 receptions for 129 yards. His last one was his 93rd of the season and it broke the conference's single season mark of 92 set by Larry Fitzgerald of Pittsburgh in 2003.
Chas Dodd threw two touchdowns Rutgers (7-3), including a go-ahead 38-yard touchdown to Brandon Coleman on the opening possession of the second half.
Army (3-7) self-destructed for the second straight week. Alex Carlton missing a potential game-tying extra point in the fourth quarter and an apparent go-ahead 52-yard TD run was nullified by a tripping penalty.
Trailing 13-12, running back Stephen Fraser appeared to give Army the lead when he ran down the left sideline and into the end zone where the Cadets were sitting.
While the celebration ensued, there was a flag on the field for the trip well behind the play and Army was eventually forced to punt.
Wayne Warren came up the middle and blocked Chris Boldt's punt. Thomas picked up the ball and scored for a 20-12 lead with 6:36 to go. Jawan Jamison iced game with a 56-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes to play.
Army could have tied the game at 13 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter after Larry Dixon scored on a 2-yard run set up by an interception and return by Thomas Holloway that gave the Black Knights the ball at the Rutgers 36. However Alex Carlton, who hit two short field goals in the first quarter clanged his extra point off the right upright.
Rutgers kicker San San Te also struggled on the baseball stadium's yielding grass surface, missing an extra point and a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter with Rutgers ahead 13-6 on the series after Dodd's TD to Coleman.
Army controlled the clock and outgained Rutgers 177-109 in the first half and found itself tied 6-all, and it was lucky to be tied.
Carlton kicked chip-shot field goals after the Black Knights first two drives stalled inside the Scarlet Knights 5. A 55-yard run by Larry Dixon set up the first kick and an 18-yard run by quarterback Angel Santiago ignited the second.
Rutgers got on the board late in the second quarter after Army gambled on fourth and 2 from the Rutgers 40 and Santiago was tackled for no gain.
Dodd (17 of 27 for 196) then drove the Scarlet Knights 60 yards in eight plays. Jeremy Deering ran for 19 yards on first down and Sanu caught a 16-yard pass on the second play. Dodd eventually finished the drive with a 3-yard pass to fullback Michael Burton. Te's extra point was yanked wide left, leaving the teams tied.