Penn State 17, Rutgers 10
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Kevin Woods scored on a 4-yard run and Steve Smith rambled 63 yards for a touchdown late in the final quarter to ice ninth-ranked Penn State’s 17-10 victory over Rutgers Saturday at Giants Stadium.
Massimo Manca added a 53-yard field goal, the longest of his career, as Penn State raised its record to 4-0 and dropped Rutgers to 0-2-1.
The game was a defensive struggle and the Nittany Lions prevailed using the big play on offense and an outstanding defense.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Nittany Lions went 80 yards in just two plays early in the second quarter to take a 7-0 lead.
Senior tailback Dave Clark, playing in place of the ailing D.J. Dozier, zig-zagged 76 yards on the first play. Woods then went through a gaping hole on the right side to score from the 4.
Rutgers got back into the game late in the first half, driving 75 yards in 19 plays before settling for a 22-yard field goal by Tom Angstadt. Reserve quarterback Joe Gagliardi was at the helm during the drive and hit two key third-down passes to keep the drive alive.
A 24-yard punt return by Mike Timpson set up Manca’s long field goal and made the score 10-3 on the first play of the final quarter. It also broke the stadium record for a college player. The old record was 50 yards set by Harry Oliver of Notre Dame in 1980.
Smith’s long touchdown run came with just 3:15 left and gave Penn State a 17-3 edge, making a 2-yard touchdown pass from Gagliardi to Greg Alvord with 1:17 to play too little and too late for Rutgers.
The victory was the 13th straight for Penn State over Rutgers. The only time the Scarlet Knights have won was in 1918.