Run and Shoot: Bulls Out-Classed At Halftime

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Bulls Out-Classed At Halftime

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers enters halftime with a comfortable 28 point lead and the Scarlet Knights have looked every bit the superior team against the blatantly over-matched and out-classed Bulls.

Rutgers clearly has more speed and better athletes than the Bulls, but Buffalo may have the Scarlet Knights beat on polish. Rutgers was penalized several times for being off-sides and for encroaching.

There were a few negatives for the Scarlet Knights was Rice's second quarter fumble and Jeremy Ito's missed a 40-yard field goal right before halftime. Also, coach Greg Schiano can't be happy with the kickoff coverage. The Bulls, when they haven't committed a penalty on the kickoff return, have had great field position on just about every kickoff. Subsquently, they have forced Rutgers to begin drives from the 20 yard line - twice - and the 10 yard line, but the Scarlet Knights had little trouble moving the ball.

If Rice makes an appearance in the second half, he could easily become Rutgers all-time leading rusher. Rice enterted the game needing just 200 yards entering the game to break Terrell Willis' all-time mark that was set in 1995. He's got 117 already on 18 carries.

But I wouldn't bank on Schiano giving him the ball all that much in the second half. There's no reason to risk the injury. If he's in there, it's for a strictl statistical standpoint. Schiano could be trying to help Rice's Heisman campaign by padding his stats and could be trying to stick it to Buffalo, who is in the process of trying to get out of a deal to play Rutgers next year in hopes of playing an opponent who will offer a bigger payday.

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