Run and Shoot: Rutgers, rain, Rice await WVU

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Rutgers, rain, Rice await WVU

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The tipoff to what kind of day it is going to be as you approach Rutgers Stadium from New Jersey Route 18 is there before you as you sit idling in traffic.

"Roadway flooded" says the sign.

Now you know where all the rain from California has gone. For the third time in their four visits, West Virginia University's football team was greeted by a downpour and an upset-minded Rutgers football team that hopes the foul weather can slow down the No. 7 Mountaineers' dynamic duo of quarterback Patrick White and running back Steve Slaton.

The Mountaineers come into the game with the nation's No. 2 rushing offense, averaging 304.1 yards a game but they don't hold the patent on the running game, facing in Rutgers' tailback Ray Rice a bonafide Heisman Trophy candidate who needs one yard to reach 1,000 for the season.

"Ray Rice is one of the best in the country and we think Steve is one of the best as well," West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said. "It should be a lot of fun for the fans to watch."

Do not, however, think the two are similiar in anything but results and that the game boils down to a head-to-head battle between the Big East's two best running backs.

"This is not Ray Rice against Steve Slaton because neither one plays defense," Rodriguez said. "A lot of times it's too much of this guy against that guy. They're in different systems going against different guys, not themselves. I don't even know if the comparison thing is fair to either guy."

WVU comes into the game at 6-1, 1-1 in the conference, while Rutgers is 5-2, 2-1 in the conference.

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