17th Annual Cactus Bowl

Arizona State 45, Rutgers 40

17th annual cactus bowl
December 27, 2005

Attendance: 43,536

Stadium: Chase Field

Offensive Player of the Game: Rudy Carpenter, Arizona State

Defensive Player of the Game: Jamar Williams, Arizona State

Sportsmanship Award: Ryan Neill, Rutgers

Head Coaches: Dirk Koetter, Arizona State - Greg Schiano, Rutgers

Weather: Roof Closed (Clear outside)

Television: ESPN

Payout Per Team: $861,440

On a night when Tony Soprano spent the majority of the game on the sidelines, it was somewhat ironic there was a shootout on the field.

Not a real shootout, of course, but a wild display of offense in Arizona State’s 45-40 win over Rutgers in the final Cactus Bowl at Chase Field.

James Gandolfini, who plays the New Jersey gangster Tony Soprano on the hit series “The Sopranos,” served as an honorary captain for his alma mater Rutgers, while talk show host Jimmy Kimmel was the honorary captain for the Sun Devils.

Neither “captain” could have done much for the defenses, as the two teams combined for 1,211 yards, setting a bowl game record that broke the previous NCAA mark of 1,158 yards by Hawaii and Houston in the 2003 Hawaii Bowl.

It was just the second-ever bowl appearance in Rutgers’ history and first since the 1978 Garden State Bowl. But the Scarlet Knights didn’t come out tentative, as they jumped out to a 24-10 lead in the second quarter.

The Sun Devils gained some momentum just before halftime on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Rudy Carpenter to Zach Miller to cut the lead to 24-17 and tied the game on their first possession in the second half on a 1-yard touchdown run by Rudy Burgess.

After the teams exchanged leads in the third quarter, Arizona State took the lead for good in the fourth quarter on 42-yard touchdown pass from Carpenter to Matt Miller

Carpenter, a red-shirt freshman, completed 23-of-35 passes for 467 yards and four touchdowns to earn offensive player of the game honors in a game that featured plenty of offensive stars.

Rutgers senior quarterback Ryan Hart also had a big game, throwing for 374 yards and three touchdowns, while freshman Ray Rice had 108 yards rushing on 20 attempts.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Arizona State
7
10
14
14
45
Rutgers
17
7
6
10
40

Yardstick

ASU
RU
33
First Downs
24
45-212
Rushes-Yards
32-158
467
Passing Yards
374
23-35-0
Passes
24-38-1
103
Return Yards
103
4-39.2
Punts
3-50.3
2-2
Fumbles-Lost
2-1
11-102
Penalties-Yards
10-70

How They Scored

ASU
RU
0
7
Clark Harris 1-yard pass from Ryan Hart (Jeremy Ito kick)
7
7
Matt Miller 43-yard pass from Rudy Carpenter (Jesse Ainsworth kick)
7
14
Brian Leonard 31-yard pass from Ryan Hart (Jeremy Ito kick)
7
17
Jeremy Ito 25-yard field goal
10
17
Jesse Ainsworth 20-yard field goal
10
24
Brian Leonard 3-yard run (Jeremy Ito kick)
17
24
Zach Miller 1-yard pass from Rudy Carpenter (Jesse Ainsworth kick)
24
24
Rudy Burgess 1-yard run (Jesse Ainsworth kick)
24
27
Jeremy Ito 23-yard field goal
31
27
Terry Richardson 22-yard pass from Rudy Carpenter (Jesse Ainsworth kick)
31
30
Jeremy Ito 52-yard field goal
31
33
Jeremy Ito 48-yard field goal
39
33
Matt Miller 42-yard pass from Rudy Carpenter (Brent Miller pass from Rudy Carpenter)
45
33
Rudy Burgess 4-yard run (run failed)
45
40
Tres Moses 29-yard pass from Ryan Hart (Jeremy Ito kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
ASU
Rudy Burgess 17-102, Keegan Herring 19-79, Rudy Carpenter 6-31, Preston Jones 1-7.
RU
Ray Rice 20-108, Brian Leonard 10-46, Willie Foster 1-7.
Passing
ASU
Rudy Carpenter 35-23-0.
RU
Ryan Hart 38-24-1.
Receiving
ASU
Matt Miller 5-135, Derek Hagen 5-97, Rudy Burgess 4-68, Zach Miller 4-43, Jamaal Lewis 2-62, Terry Richardson 2-46, Brent Miller 1-16.
RU
Tres Moses 7-113, Brian Leonard 6-98, Clark Harris 6-85, Willie Foster 2-21, Ray Rice 1-26, Shawn Tucker 1-24, Tiquan Underwood 1-7.