NCAAF Game Recap - Liberty at Rutgers
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Ark
7
Ala
48
F
Aub
20
LSU
23
F
Wisc
7
OHSt
38
F
BC
7
Clem
59
F
Okla
41
K St
48
F
PSU
28
MSU
7
F
ND
14
Mich
45
F
WaSt
35
Oreg
37
F
Cal
0
Utah
35
F
Tex
27
TCU
37
F
SMU
34
Hou
31
F
MD
10
Minn
52
F
Iowa
20
NW
0
F
App
30
SoAl
3
F
OkSt
34
IASt
27
F
AzSt
32
UCLA
42
F
USC
35
Colo
31
F
BGSU
10
WestMI
49
F
MisSt
30
TxAM
49
F
Lib
34
Rut
44
F
Ill
24
Purd
6
F
MiaFL
16
Pitt
12
F
SJSU
34
Army
29
F
SMiss
20
Rice
6
F
Ohio
34
Ball
21
F
Nev
3
Wyo
31
F
W Ky
23
Marsh
26
F
NMSt
7
GaSo
41
F
Akr
0
NIU
49
F
E Mi
34
Toled
37
F OT
MiaOH
23
Kent
16
F
C Mi
20
Buff
43
F
Tul
38
Navy
41
F
Ariz
31
Stan
41
F
Ind
38
Neb
31
F
FLInt
17
MidTN
50
F
FlAtl
41
OD
3
F
UConn
56
UMass
35
F
UVA
21
Lou
28
F
Syr
17
FlaSt
35
F
NorTx
38
Char
39
F
SoFL
45
ECU
20
F
Hawaii
45
NM
31
F
SCar
21
Tenn
41
F
Duke
17
UNC
20
F
TxSt
14
ArkSt
38
F
Troy
33
GASt
52
F
Mem
42
Tuls
41
F
UCF
63
Temp
21
F
TxTch
34
Kans
37
F
ColSt
41
Fres
31
F
Mizzu
7
KY
29
F
LaTec
42
UTEP
21
F
UtSt
7
AF
31
F
SDSU
20
UNLV
17
F

Rutgers 44, Liberty 34

Oct 26, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

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Liberty (5-3)

14

7

3

10

34

Rutgers (2-6)

7

14

17

6

44

Langan's career day leads Rutgers past Liberty 44-34
Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:00 PM

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) After what interim coach Nunzio Campanile referred to as another training camp these last four weeks while he installed a new offense following the ouster of coach Chris Ash, Rutgers' offense was finally clicking.

Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan had a career day, completing 15 of 21 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and adding 21 rushes for 118 yards and a touchdown to lead Rutgers past Liberty 44-34 on Saturday.

"It is what I imagined -- I thought it would come a little quicker than that." Campanile said of his offense with a wry smile. "In all honesty I think I learned pretty quickly there are some matchups and stuff that weren't exactly easy for us, and some of the stuff we dealt with the first week probably set us back a little. This is what I would envision us being, and hopefully it is something that we can build off."

Isaih Pacheco ran for 107 yards and a score for the Scarlet Knights (2-6). It was the fourth time in his career he topped 100 yards.

Langan had a 51-yard pitch-and-catch to Isaiah Washington for Washington's first career touchdown and Rutgers' first lead of the game at 28-21 with 12 minutes left in the third quarter. It was also Rutgers' first lead since they were leading Boston College 10-7 in an eventual 30-16 loss five games ago.

On the ensuing possession, a false start by right tackle Sam Isaacson on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line forced Liberty to kick the field goal to make it 28-24 with 6:53 left in the third quarter. However, with Rutgers' offense humming for the first time since the season-opening win against UMass, Liberty's defense was unable to make the stops needed.

"It's frustrating for sure," Liberty coach Hugh Freeze said. "You have to score in this kind of game, you don't have enough possessions to kick field goals. Still at that point it didn't feel like it was devastating. We were going to go for the fourth-and-goal inside the one but then we got the false start again. That really hadn't happened to us all year. That backed it up. The field goal at that point still kept it in touch. I don't like the result of not getting the touchdown, but it really came back to you kick it off to them and they control the line of scrimmage again. If we could have gotten a stop there somewhere and got the ball, we'd proven that we can move the ball, so that could have been different."

Pacheco had a 19-yard touchdown run to put Rutgers ahead 35-24 with 2:24 left in the third quarter. Rutgers' Lawrence Stevens forced Ceneca Espinoza Jr. to fumble on the ensuing kickoff and it was recovered by the Scarlet Knights' Aslan Pugh. Justin Davidovicz kicked a 27-yard field goal with 39 seconds left in the third quarter put Rutgers up 38-24.

Rutgers - which had a 1-11 season in 2018 - was picked as home underdogs to Liberty - a team that is in its second year in the FBS. While the coaches were trying to block players from the outside noise, some things are unavoidable, even if you delete your Twitter and Instagram like Langan recently did.

"I saw that they were favored to win, which I thought was ridiculous," Langan said. "We just played our brand of football and we played it well and it's a great win."

The first punt of the game didn't come until there was 1:55 left in the first half after Rutgers made a defensive stop. The Scarlet Knights then punted in the waning moments of the half as the teams went into the locker room knotted at 21.

Frankie Hickson (eight rushes for 41 yards) capped a 10-play, 80-yard opening drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to give Liberty a 7-0 lead 11:43 into the game. Rutgers responded with a 13-play, 75-yard drive to tie it at 7-all with 5:17 left in the first quarter on a Langan touchdown run.

Liberty (5-3) running back Joshua Mack, who finished with 109 yards on 11 carries, had an 18-yard touchdown run after running through a gaping hole in Rutgers' defense to give Liberty a 14-7 lead with 1:50 to go in the first quarter.

Rutgers answered with a 1-yard TD run by Pacheco to tie the game at 14 with 10:18 left in the first half.

Antonio Gandy-Golden - who came into the game with the third-most receiving yards in the nation at 877 - had a one-handed catch for a touchdown to put Liberty up 21-14 with 8:29 left in the first half.

Langan, a freshman, answered for Rutgers with his first career touchdown pass - a 51-yarder to sophomore Eddie Lewis - to tie the game at 21 with 3:16 left in the first half. It was also Lewis' first career TD catch.

The teams traded field goals late in the fourth quarter before Mack had his second touchdown run to complete the scoring on the day.

RUNNING QB

Langan had the first 100-yard rushing game for a Rutgers quarterback since Sam Mudie had 105 yards in 1961.

UP NEXT

Rutgers: At Illinois Saturday.

Liberty: At UMass Saturday.Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan had a career day, completing 15 of 21 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and adding 21 rushes for 118 yards and a touchdown to lead Rutgers past Liberty 44-34 on Saturday.

Isaih Pacheco ran for 107 yards and a score for the Scarlet Knights (2-6). It was the fourth time in his career he topped 100 yards.

Langan had a 51-yard pitch-and-catch to Isaiah Washington for Washington's first career touchdown and Rutgers' first lead of the game at 28-21 with 12 minutes left in the third quarter. It was also Rutgers' first lead since they were leading Boston College 10-7 in an eventual 30-16 loss five games ago.

On the ensuing possession, a false start by right tackle Sam Isaacson on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line forced Liberty to kick the field goal to make it 28-24 with 6:53 left in the third quarter. However, with Rutgers' offense humming for the first time since the season-opening win against UMass, Liberty's defense was unable to make the stops needed.

Pacheco had a 19-yard touchdown run to put Rutgers ahead 35-24 with 2:24 left in the third quarter. Rutgers' Lawrence Stevens forced Ceneca Espinoza Jr. to fumble on the ensuing kickoff and it was recovered by the Scarlet Knights' Aslan Pugh. Justin Davidovicz kicked a 27-yard field goal with 39 seconds left in the third quarter put Rutgers up 38-24.

The first punt of the game didn't come until there was 1:55 left in the first half after Rutgers made a defensive stop. The Scarlet Knights then punted in the waning moments of the half as the teams went into the locker room knotted at 21.

Frankie Hickson (eight rushes for 41 yards) capped a 10-play, 80-yard opening drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to give Liberty a 7-0 lead 11:43 into the game. Rutgers responded with a 13-play, 75-yard drive to tie it at 7-all with 5:17 left in the first quarter on a Langan touchdown run.

Liberty (5-3) running back Joshua Mack, who finished with 109 yards on 11 carries, had an 18-yard touchdown run after running through a gaping hole in Rutgers' defense to give Liberty a 14-7 lead with 1:50 to go in the first quarter.

Rutgers answered with a 1-yard TD run by Pacheco to tie the game at 14 with 10:18 left in the first half.

Antonio Gandy-Golden - who came into the game with the third-most receiving yards in the nation at 877 - had a one-handed catch for a touchdown to put Liberty up 21-14 with 8:29 left in the first half.

Langan, a freshman, answered for Rutgers with his first career touchdown pass - a 51-yarder to sophomore Eddie Lewis - to tie the game at 21 with 3:16 left in the first half. It was also Lewis' first career TD catch.

The teams traded field goals late in the fourth quarter before Mack had his second touchdown run to complete the scoring on the day.

UP NEXT

Rutgers: At Illinois

Liberty: At UMass

Passing

Lib Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Calvert 31 17 54.8 1 244 40 0 91.3
D. Stubbs 1 1 100.0 0 38 38 0 118.8
Rut Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Langan 21 15 71.4 2 192 51 0 131.4

Rushing

Lib Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
P. Pickett 1 0 0.0 0 0
J. Mack 11 109 9.9 43 2
Rut Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Langan 21 118 5.6 17 1
I. Pacheco 19 107 5.6 19 2

Receiving

Lib Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Shaa 4 89 22.3 40 0
A. Gandy-Golden 5 68 13.6 29 1
Rut Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
I. Washington 4 89 22.3 51 1
B. Melton 5 47 9.4 27 0

Fumbles

Returning

Lib KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Espinoza Jr. 5 18.6 0 29 0 - 0 0
J. Mack 2 18.5 0 25 0 - 0 0
Rut KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Young 1 24.0 0 24 0 - 0 0

Punting

Lib Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Alves 2 85 42.5 47
Rut Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Korsak 1 34 34.0 34

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

Lib Rut
Points For 34 44
Total Yards 413 463
Rushing Yards 131 271
Passing Yards 282 192
Passing Completions / Attempts 18/32 15/21
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 0/0
First Downs 22 25
Penalties - Yards 9/70 7/48
Time Of Possession 6:06 54:54
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/12 12/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 2/42 1/34

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Lib Rut
Lib 3:17 TD Frankie Hickson 4 yd run (Alex Probert kick) 7 0
Rut 9:43 TD Johnny Langan 3 yd run (Justin Davidovicz kick) 7 7
Lib 13:10 TD Joshua Mack 18 yd run (Alex Probert kick) 14 7
2nd Quarter Lib Rut
Rut 4:42 TD Isaih Pacheco 1 yd run (Justin Davidovicz kick) 14 14
Lib 6:31 TD Antonio Gandy-Golden 29 yd pass from Stephen Calvert (Alex Probert kick) 21 14
Rut 11:44 TD Eddie Lewis 5 yd pass from Johnny Langan (Justin Davidovicz kick) 21 21
3rd Quarter Lib Rut
Rut 3:00 TD Isaiah Washington 51 yd pass from Johnny Langan (Justin Davidovicz kick) 21 28
Lib 8:07 FG Alex Probert 24 yd FG 24 28
Rut 12:36 TD Isaih Pacheco 19 yd run (Justin Davidovicz kick) 24 35
Rut 14:21 FG Justin Davidovicz 27 yd FG 24 38
4th Quarter Lib Rut
Rut 6:56 FG Justin Davidovicz 23 yd FG 24 41
Lib 9:24 FG Alex Probert 46 yd FG 27 41
Rut 11:38 FG Justin Davidovicz 34 yd FG 27 44
Lib 14:32 TD Joshua Mack 8 yd run (Alex Probert kick) 34 44

Game Information

Stadium: SHI Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey
Attendance: 23,058
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