Courtesy of Rutgers Athletics
PISCATAWAY, N.J. â€“ The Scarlet defeated the White 16-7 behind a solid ground game, led by rising junior running back Joe Martinek (Hopatcong, N.J.), in front of a school-record crowd of 20,114 fans at Rutgers Stadium.
The attendance topped the previous Rutgers Spring Game record of 15,899, established in 2009 as the Scarlet-White game capped a full day of events as part of Rutgers Day.
Martinek rushed 18 times for 116 yards and a touchdown to lead all ball carriers. Also leading the effort for the Scarlet offense was rising sophomore quarterback Tom Savage (Springfield, Pa.), who completed 17-of-30 passes for 181 yards. Redshirt freshman Quron Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) totaled eight catches for 55 yards, leading the Scarlet receivers.
Rising junior San San Te (Conover, N.C.) connected on all three of his field goal attempts, adding to the Scarlet point total. Te was successful on tries from 21, 24 and 39 yards, respectively.
Defensively, the Scarlet was led by rising sophomore Kaâ€™Lial Glaud (Atco, N.J.) with eight tackles (three solo, five assisted) and a fumble recovery. Rising junior Al-Ghaffaar Lane (East Orange, N.J.) and rising sophomore Morgan Carter (Woodbridge, Va.) followed with six tackles apiece. Lane also added two pass breakups.
Rising senior Antonio Lowery (Miami, Fla.) and rising sophomore Steve Beauharnais (Saddle Brook, N.J.) led the White defense with a game-high 13 tackles each. Rising sophomores Steve Shimko (Ewing, N.J.) and Keith Stroud (Brooklyn, N.Y.) connected on a 37-yard touchdown pass to provide the White squad with its offensive score.
During halftime, Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti, presented the annual Spring Football Awards. Rising senior defensive tackle Charlie Noon (Philadelphia, Pa.) received the Frank R. Burns Award, given to the player who displays extraordinary mental and physical toughness during spring practice. Wright was the recipient of the Mark Mills Second Effort Award, given to the Most Improved Offensive Players, while rising sophomore defensive back Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.) earned the Douglas A. Smith Award for his efforts as the Most Improved Defensive Player.
Rutgers returns 14 starters and 45 letterwinners from last yearâ€™s squad that finished 9-4, including a 45-24 victory over UCF in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl. The Scarlet Knights have appeared in five consecutive bowls, including four straight bowl victories - one of four teams to accomplish the feat. RU opens the 2010 season Thursday, Sept. 2, hosting Norfolk State at Rutgers Stadium.