Field goals help lift Eastern Michigan by Rutgers
Eastern Michigan relied on three field goals from sophomore Paulie Fricano to turn back Rutgers, 16-13, at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J., on Saturday.
Fricano’s third field goal of the game, a 24-yarder, proved to be the game-winner, snapping a 13-13 tie with 10:13 to play. His 21-yard field goal tied it 13-13 with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.
Rutgers (0-2) was in field goal territory to potentially tie the game with 3:00 left to play, but Brody Hoying intercepted a Kyle Bolin pass and returned it 71 yards to the Rutgers 5-yard line. Fricano’s field goal attempt was blocked.
The Scarlet Knights drove as far as the Eagles 25, but Bolin was sacked as time expired.
Eastern Michigan (2-0) quarterback Brogan Roback was 19 of 36 for 260 yards with a touchdown pass. Sergio Bailey caught five passes for 107 yards, helping the Eagles outgain Rutgers 374-326 in offensive yardage.
Bolin was 17 of 37 for 198 yards. He threw two interceptions.
Running back Gus Edwards rambled 23 yards up the middle for a TD that provided Rutgers with its first lead, 13-10, with 6:07 left in the third. After gaining only 27 yards on the ground in the first half, the Scarlet Knights rushed for 96 yards in their first two possessions of the second half.
Roback was 10 of 20 for 112 yards in the first half. His 8-yard TD pass to Porter in the first quarter helped Eastern Michigan to a 10-3 lead at the break.
Rutgers was penalized six times and converted just three first downs during the first half.