January 05, 2008

Rice steals the show in Rutgers victory

TORONTO, On. - Ray Rice had a record-setting day to lead the heavily-favored Rutgers Scarlet Knights to a 52-30 victory over the Ball State Cardinals in the second annual International Bowl.

Rice scored four touchdowns, set a school record with 280 rushing yards and became just the fifth player to reach 2,000 rushing yards for a season in college football history, propelling Rutgers (8-5) to its second bowl victory in as many years.


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Piling up the points

TORONTO, On. - It's officially a blowout.

Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel just threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Britt to put the Scarlet Knights ahead 52-23 against Ball State with 4:21 left in the International Bowl. Teel has three touchdown passes today.

Somebody other than Rice scores for Rutgers

TORONTO, On. - The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are not simply a one-man team.

While running back Ray Rice has been unstoppable today, Rutgers just scored a touchdown in another way as Mike Teel connected with Tiquan Underwood to put the Scarlet Knights on top 45-23 against Ball State with 9:55 left in the International Bowl.

It was a nice response to a Ball State touchdown on the previous drive as Nate Davis threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Darius Hill.

The ensuing onside kick attempt failed and Rutgers was in perfect position to take advantage of a reeling Ball State defense.

That's 2,000

TORONTO, On. - Ray Rice has just hit the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the season with a 12-yard run to end the third quarter. He becomes the fifth player in NCAA history to accomplish that feat.

Rice's Rutgers Scarlet Knights lead the Ball State Cardinals 38-16. Ball State quarterback Nate Davis fumbled in Rutgers territory on the previous play, giving the ball back to the Scarlet Knights.

The attendance has been announced as 31,455, almost 4,000 more than the crowd at last year's game. Bowl organizers will be happy with the figure.

Rice on the menu in Toronto

TORONTO, On. - This is getting predictable.

Ray Rice has scored his fourth touchdown of the game, on a one-yard carry, to put Rutgers up 38-16 against Ball State with 2:42 left in the third quarter.

Rice has a whopping 260 rushing yards today, already a school record with more than a quarter to play. He is eight yards away from becoming the fifth player to reach 2,000 yards rushing in a season in college football history.

He set the stage for his latest plunge into the end zone with a 24-yard carry. It's highlight-reel stuff here at the Rogers Centre.

Davis can't connect

TORONTO, On. - With a chance to cut further into Rutgers' lead, Ball State quarterback Nate Davis just missed hooking up with Dante Love, overthrowing the star receiver on a deep pass.

Love had a step on the defender and could have put the ball deep in Rutgers territory, but the pass fell incomplete and the Cardinals were forced to punt.

They still trail 31-16 with five minutes left in the third quarter.

Ball State answers back

TORONTO, On. - Just when it looked like Rutgers was going to run away with the International Bowl, the Ball State Cardinals have fought back to narrow the Scarlet Knights' lead to 31-16.

Reeling after a dynamic 90-yard touchdown run by Ray Rice, the Cardinals responded with their own touchdown drive, capped by a 10-yard pass from Nate Davis to Dante Love. It marked the first touchdown of the game for Ball State, which remains alive with almost 10 minutes left in the third quarter.

Rice explodes for long touchdown

TORONTO, On. - Ray Rice can't be stopped here at the International Bowl.

The dynamic running back from Rutgers just scored his third touchdown of the game on a spectacular 90-yard rush, putting his Scarlet Knights up 31-9 against Ball State early in the third quarter.

Rice got outside and stayed on his feet and inbounds after he was bumped by free safety Eddie Burk. He just crossed the goal line after he was tackled at the feet by B.J. Hill.

The 90-yard dash allowed Rice to tie the record for longest rush in school history.

Rice now has 208 yards on 24 carries. If this is his last game with Rutgers, Rice is going out in style.

Rutgers in control at halftime, but Cardinals hanging tough

TORONTO, On. - Despite being outplayed by a significant margin, the Ball State Cardinals aren't out of the International Bowl just yet.

The Cardinals added their third field goal of the game, a 32-yarder by Ian McGarvey, on the final play of the first half to cut Rutgers' lead to 24-9 at halftime. The Cardinals had just 40 seconds to get into field goal range after Ray Rice put the Scarlet Knights up 24-6 with his second touchdown rush of the game.

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Rutgers has commanding lead

Toronto, On. - To the surprise of no one, Rutgers star running back Ray Rice has been dominating force in the first half of the International Bowl.

Rice added his second one-yard touchdown run of the half with 40 seconds left in the second quarter to put Rutgers up 24-6 against Ball State. Rice has 110 rushing yards, marking the eighth game in a row he has reached that mark.


First punt of game by Rutgers

Toronto, On. - For the first time at the International Bowl, Ball State has forced Rutgers into a punting situation.

The Cardinals stuffed Rutgers star running back Ray Rice on a third-and-three rush. It's a good sign for the Cardinals, who remain within striking distance as they trail 17-6 with four minutes left in the first half.

Ball State settles for another field goal

Toronto, On. - The Ball State Cardinals' best drive of the game so far did not result in a touchdown.

However, Ball State did score three points on a 24-yard field goal by Ian McGarvey, cutting Rutgers' lead to 17-6 midway through the second quarter here at the International Bowl. Ball State drove 73 yards on 15 plays, but was stopped at the Rutgers seven on an incomplete pass on third-and-four.

Long field goal for Rutgers

Toronto, On. - Jeremy Ito has nailed a 53-yard field goal to put Rutgers up 17-3 against Ball State early in the second quarter.

Ito tied for his career-longest field goal with the 53-yard boot. It's also an International Bowl record.

Cardinals linebacker Mike Dorulla almost prevented Ito from stepping on the field, but he just missed intercepting a tipped pass from Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel on the previous play.

Ball State is on the board

TORONTO, On. - The Ball State Cardinals have cut Rutgers' lead to 14-3 with a 47-yard field goal by Ian McGarvey.

Ball State got a much-needed jolt of momentum on a big kickoff return by B.J. Hill, who took a lateral from Dante Love and raced down to the Rutgers 39.

We're done one quarter here at the Rogers Centre.

Scarlet Knights offense bounces back

Toronto, On - After a disappointing turnover, Rutgers has responded with an impressive touchdown drive.

Starting at their own 30-yard line, the Scarlet Knights worked their way down the field and took a 14-0 lead over Ball State on a one-yard touchdown run by star running back Ray Rice.

Rice, who carried the ball for double-digit gains on the previous two plays, heard chants of "One more year" from the pro-Rutgers crowd after scoring. Clearly, Scarlet Knights fans figure Rice can wait another year before becoming rich.

Ball State, meanwhile, has done next to nothing with the ball. The Cardinals desperately need a big drive.

Bad mistake by Teel

TORONTO, On. - Rutgers has squandered a glorious opportunity to add to its 7-0 lead.

Quarterback Mike Teel tried to force the ball into the end zone, but was picked off on the one-yard line by Ball State's Trey Lewis. The Scarlet Knights had moved the ball to the Ball State 29.

Ball State was in a bit of trouble after the interception, positioned just outside the end zone, but the Cardinals managed to notch a first down on a third-down pass.

Rutgers strikes first

TORONTO, On. - Well, that didn't take long.

Rutgers showcased its high-powered offense on its opening drive, capping it with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Mike Teel to a wide-open Tim Brown to give the Scarlet Knights a 7-0 lead over Ball State in the International Bowl. The six-play march started with a 21-yard by Ray Rice.

This one could become one-sided in a hurry.

International Bowl preview

TORONTO, On. - Greetings from Toronto’s Rogers Centre, site of the second annual International Bowl.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights, representing the Big East, are heavy favorites against the Mid-American Conference’s Ball State Cardinals.

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October 27, 2007

Rutgers sees stars .... named Slaton and White

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Slaton, White cook Rice, Rutgers

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Stuffed Rice

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Turns out that all those people who thought that this game between West Virginia's 7th-ranked Mountaineers and Rutgers would turn out to be a head-to-head showdown between WVU's tailback Steve Slaton and his Scarlet counterpart Ray Rice, especially in what was a driving rain at times, were missing the point.

Seems that football games still revolve around quarterback play and as the teams headed to the locker room the reason the Mountaineers held a 17-3 advatage was because WVU's quarterback Patrick White was overwhelming while Rurtgers' Mike Teel was quite underwhelming.

Not that Slaton and Rice weren't doing their thing. Slaton did break away on a 38-yard touchdown scamper that was mostly ad lib. Staton started to his left, saw a greeting committee of black clad Rutgerians, and decided that a change of plans was in order.

Reversing field and helped by a nifty fake, Slaton found himself running down the right sideline and diving into the end zone.

Rutgers was trying to rely on Rice, its Heisman Trophy candidate. On his first carry, he became the first Rutgers back every to surpass 1,000 yards in three straight seasons. They kept giving him the ball, 16 times in all, during the first quarter but had nothing to show for it.

They cut back on the carries in the second quarter, giving him just three more tries. At halftime Rice had 19 carries for 76 tards, Slaton eight for 62 and his touchdown.

But White was the difference, rushing for 72 yards on 12 tries, including a 1-yard touchdown, and throwing for 54 yards on six completions in 9 attempts. White had come into the game with just two career carries against Rutgers for minus-3 yards, having been a backup to Adam Bednarik as a freshman and having been injured last year.

At the same time, Teel was but 3 for 9 for 27 yards passing, leaving Rutgers with Rice as the only bullet in their gun.

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.

October 19, 2007

Another One Bites The Dust

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers has developed a reputation for spoiling the hopes of national champions to be, and Thursday night, the Scarlet Knights upheld that reputation in front of the whole nation. In front of 44,267 screaming fans, the largest crowd ever assembled at Rutgers Stadium, the Scarlet Knights played an uncharacteristically brilliant defensive game to put out the flame of the red-hot South Florida Bulls, handing the nation's No. 2 team their first loss of the season, 30-27, and dashing their title hopes on the largest stage imaginable for these two Big East powers. With special teams stealing the show, it was a wild ride, but Rutgers relied on old faithful running back Ray Rice to burn the stout USF defense for 181 yards rushing and in a back-and-forth battle of trickery and out-of-nowhere skill showcases, Rutgers was left standing as the giant in the Big East.

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October 18, 2007

Just Call Them The Scarlet Spoilers

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Bulls had one final chance to win this game. With 1:33 on the clock, no timeouts and the ball at the Rutgers 49, Matt Grothe went to work. And got sacked. The relentless Rutgers defense got to this team once again, dropping Grothe for a costly 12-yard loss. On 4th and 22, Grothe appeared to have it, connecting with Amarri Jackson for a huge gain that would have been a first down, but the Jackson was called for offensive pass interference, sending the Bulls back to their own 24 with a 4th and 37. Grothe launched one, but this time Rutgers came down with it, sealing a huge win for the Scarlet Knights, who would not be denied.

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Who Was That To?

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Matt Grothe may have just given the ball away. On a third and 15 from the Rutgers 45, he and wide receiver Jessie Hester were on two very different pages and as a wide open Hester watched the pass intended for him sail off the fingertips of a nearby Rutgers defender, he must have seen the ballgame slipping away, too. Hester was all alone in the middle of the field with plenty of room to turn and get the first down - what route Grothe thought he was going to run is anyone's guess, but it's clear from the wild gesticulations of Hester as he approached Grothe on the sideline and he thought the QB in the wrong and himself in the right.

Better Late Than Never

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The USF defense picked an excellent time to force its first turnover of the game. With just over 4 minutes remaining on the clock, linebacker Brouce Mompremier got his helmet right on the ball cradled in Ray Rice's arm and forced the fumble, which Ben Moffit was in perfect position to recover. The turnover gives the Bulls a first down at the Rutgers 40 down three points with 4:09 on the clock, more than enough time to tie the game or go downfield and win it, as long as they remain turnover free and find a way to run through the suddenly stout Rutgers defense. All of that, however, is easier said than done, especially after having played a tough, rough-and-tumble 56 minutes of football already.

Right Back In It

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Well that's one way to do it. The Bulls offense just showed up and in no-nonsense style, marched 70 yards downfield in 8 plays and 2:37 of game time, capping the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Mike Ford. The Bulls just pulled themselves to within three, as the score stands at 30-27 in favor of the Scarlet Knights. If you were thinking of going anywhere, don't. With 9:16 of gametime left, this is going to be one frenzied finish.

He Can Kick, Too

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Jeremy Ito just lined up for a 51-yard field goal attempt and, much to the surprise of most people in the stadium, actually swung his leg on the kick. Ito's 51-yard field goal attempt split the uprights cleanly, making him as good a kicker as he is a passer (he is 1-for-1 for 36 yards passing tonight). And the Rutgers defense has yet to let up, sacking Grothe five times tonight through three quarters and three minutes of football.

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Stay With What Works

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Maybe Rutgers should keep fumbling their returns. Following a USF field goal, Rutgers returnman James Townson fumbled the ball, only to scoop it up and scamper free for a huge return, giving the Scarlet Knights excellent field position in USF territory at the 49. This game has become far more of a special teams battle than anyone anticipated.

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Fake Out, Again

PISCATAWAY, NJ - When Rutgers' field goal unit came on to attempt a chip shot field goal halfway through the third quarter, if USF did not realize that the play would be a fake, they were probably the only ones that were caught unawares. Holder Andrew DePaola grabbed the ball, stood up and dropped back to pass, and as a USF defender sailed by, unable to wrap him up, DePaoloa threw his first career pass, a 15-yard TD toss to tight end Kevin Brock. The score gives Rutgers a much more comfortable 27-17 lead late in the third quarter.

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Really Special Teams

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Special teams have certainly been special tonight. Rutgers fumbled another punt return in the third quarter, giving the Bulls a first down from the Rutgers 24 yard line. But the Rutgers defense continues to impress in this second half, pressuring Grothe far more than they could in the first half, and making USF give up the ball twice. On this last possession, the Scarlet Knights forced a field goal, only to block it and then attempt to shuffleboard-style push the ball toward the end zone and pull off what USF could not do earlier. Their attempt, too, was foiled, but the score remains 20-17 in favor of the Scarlet Knights.

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You Wanted Excitement?

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Here's some excitement. after holding USF to a 3-and-out on its first possession, Rutgers came out ready to roll. Teel found Tiquan Underwood for a 69-yard catch-and-run TD less than three minutes into the second half. Underwood's catch gave him 102 yards on the day, marking his fifth 100-yard game this season. And you can be sure he's not done yet.

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Halftime On Exit 9

PISCATAWAY, NJ - So far, this game has been the Big East battle most people expected to see out of these two teams. Ray Rice is running effectively, Matt Grothe is directing his offense like a pro, and both teams have come up with some off-the-board brilliance (see fake punt and blocked field goal, respectively). Grothe’s 18-yard touchdown run was matched only by Hester’s 28-yard touchdown catch, although Rutgers’ 3-yard strike from Teel to Underwood wasn’t so bad, either. The 17-13 halftime score tells the story of this one very accurately – it’s a skin-of-their-teeth battle, and these fans are in for two more good quarters of football.

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Did You See That!?!

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Well that was interesting. Jeremy Ito just lined up to kick a field goal and the craziest play of the day has just graced Rutgers Stadium. The field goal was blocked and Mike Jenkins picked it up and ran with it, only to cough the ball up somewhere around midfield. Tyrone McKenzie, who originally blocked the punt, then scooped up the bouncing ball and ran with it before he too was brought down, coughing up the ball again in the process and tossing an illegal forward pass as he did so. Trae Williams then picked up the ball and ran it in for a score, but despite Jim Leavitt's vehement protests, the Bulls were called for an illegal forward pass on the second exchange of that "what-exactly-was-that" play, and the Bulls will take over from the Rutgers 44 yard line.

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Imperfection, And The Lead

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Even Grothe is capable of imperfection. The USF QB has now thrown his first - and second - incomplete passes of the game, in quick succession, giving this Rutgers crowd a reason to stand up and cheer again. The first pass was a bit low for its intended receiver, but the second was a clear drop. If USF is going to win this game in some way other than the feet of Matt Grothe, the Bulls receivers are going to have to stop dropping passes.

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All Tied Up

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Ray Rice is keeping Rutgers alive in this game. The running back is breaking tackles and finding holes in this supposedly impenetrable USF defense. Helped along by an egregious face mask penalty called on the Bulls for dragging Rice down by the untouchable part of the helmet, the Scarlet Knights just drive right downfield and tied the game at 10. The scoring play was a three-yard TD pass from Mike Teel to Tiquan Underwood after a first and goal from the 3 turned into a second and goal from the 6 and then into a third and goal from the three.

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No More Mr. Nice Bull

PISCATAWAY, NJ - USF has had enough of this playing around. It's time to quiet this crowd and the Bulls only needed five plays to do so, and the final one was quite the highlight.

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Inauspicious Beginning

PISCATAWAY, NJ - USF's first play from scrimmage was not a pretty one. Quarterback Matt Grothe lined up in the shotgun, snapped his foot, then moved up to audible to the line, then dropped down under center, then clearly not knowing what exactly he was supposed to do, took a timeout.

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Faked Out

PISCATAWAY, NJ - It appeared as though the USF defense would bend, but not break on Rutgers' first drive of the game after the Scarlet Knights failed to convert a 3rd down and 8 from the USF 49. But then Rutgers pulled an LSU.

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Dirty Jersey?

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers won the toss and elected to start on offense first. After a touchback, It was a dirty first play, with offsetting penalties for holding and a face mask negating a big run by Rutgers. Hopefully this is not the sign of a dirty game to come.

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RU-USF Quick Hits

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Tonight's game is the third-ever meeting between these two Big East teams (the series is tied, 1-1) ... Ray Rice is Rutgers' all-time leader in career rushing yards (3,536) and career rushing touchdowns (35) entering his sixth game of the season ... Rice is tied for second in the NCAA in scoring (13.2 ppg) ... USF currently holds the nation's longest winning streak, at 8 games ... During that 8-game stretch, no team has scored more than 23 points against the Bulls defense...

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Welcome To Beautiful Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The kickoff hour has arrived, and the chants of "RU! RU!" can be heard miles away. Rutgers-USF is on tap here at Rutgers Stadium and the fans are ready for the biggest game these Rutgers fans have seen since, well, last year.

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October 07, 2007

Growing Up

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - With all the attention that has been placed on the Big East, it's easy to forget sometimes that most of the conference's premier programs are still developing.

Whether it's a newcomer to big time college football, a longtime doormat growing into a powerhouse, or a team looking to become the second major college program in a state that's only had one, the teams of the Big East, by and large, are looking to take steps forward to build a program.

On Saturday night, it was Cincinnati that took those steps.

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October 06, 2007

Too-Much-To-Bearcats

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - This one had its moments, but Cincinnati has defeated Rutgers, marking back-to-back losses for the Scarlet Knights for the first time since November '05 and keeping the Bearcats defeated under Brian Kelly, 28-23.

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Goodnight, Knights...We Think.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Passes to Tim Brown, Tiquan Underwood and Ray Rice had Rutgers moving and driving deep into Cincinnati territory, but Ryan Manalac jumped the route on a pass intended for Brown, and this one is just about almost nearly in the bag.

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One More Time

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - On third and three with 2:24 to play, Ben Mauk threw behind his man on a short route, and Rutgers gets the ball back, first and 10 from the 20 with 2:13 to play and two timeouts.

Rutgers ran the two-minute drill effectively last week against Maryland, but Mike Teel hasn't had nearly as good a night tonight, so we'll see how it goes from here.

Buckle up, everyone, we're in for a hard-fought finish in Piscataway.

Achilles Teel

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The next obstacle for Rutgers to get through is for Mike Teel to prove that he can win the game, as opposed to simply not losing it.

After a couple of near disastrous plays on Rutgers' last drive, the Knights are still waiting...and still losing.

Cincinnati ball, first and 10 at the 20, 4:44 to play.

Stop And Go

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Ben Mauk fumbles at the Rutgers 37, and the Scarlet Knights are on the attack.

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One-Score Game

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers was looking for the touchdown, but a field goal still helps.

Jeremy Ito connects from 47 yards to make it 28-23 Cincinnati with 9:58 to play.

Handfuls Of Rice

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers is staying very well grounded in the wake of those two Cincinnati touchdowns.

Ray Rice is starting to gain some traction, sophomore quarterback Jabu Lovelace has helped with a couple of keepers, and the Knights are in Cincinnati territory.

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How Quickly Things Change

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers is in trouble.

After Mike Teel's pass was picked off by Andre Revels, Cincinnati took over at its own 27, and promptly scored on a 27-yard Mauk pass to Marcus Gilyard.

Cincinnati 28, Rutgers 20.

Surviving Stupidity

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - It's 21-20 Cincinnati, as Ben Mauk finds Marcus Barnett for a two-yard scoring strike.

What's really amazing about the play is how hard Cinci tried not to score the touchdown, and managed to score it anyway.

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Pivotal Moment In Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Cincinnati ball, down 20-14, third and goal from the two. This is going to be one huge play.

Too Close For Comfort

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The 43,768 fans didn't get the touchdown they wanted, but they get a 25-yard Jeremy Ito field goal that puts the Scarlet Knights up 20-14.

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We're Still Playing Here

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - In case anyone forgot that we're still playing a football game here in the buzz over Stanford's upset of USC, Tim Brown just popped the crowd with a leaping 42-yard catch to set Rutgers up in the red zone.

On a night when some of the biggest plays have been made by Cincinnati receivers, Brown's catch could turn into a key play, as Rutgers looks to get back that touchdown by the Bearcats, which still stands as the only score of the second half.

Running Wild

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - A three-yard run by Bradley Glatthar puts Cincinnati in the end zone, and it's a 17-14 ballgame.

The Bearcats went 46 yards in eight plays in 3:01 for the score, on a drive started by a Mike Teel interception. Points off of turnoves are tough to take, and this next drive will be key for Rutgers.

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Halftime In Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - It's 17-7 at halftime, as Rutgers has turned in a strong first-half performance, and apparently shaken off last week's slow start and eventual loss.

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Rice Stands Alone

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Ray Rice officially stands alone as Rutgers' all-time leader in rushing touchdowns. His record-breaking 35th run into the end zone makes it 17-7 Rutgers with 3:28 to play in the first half.

He's also the No. 6

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Ito Impressive

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Jeremy Ito has put Rutgers up 10-7 with a 27-yard field goal, capping off a 12-play, 76-yard drive that took 5:02 off the clock.

It was a nice kick, but Ito's been contributing all night for the Knights.

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Apparently, They Don't Like Losing

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The first offensive touchdown of the game belongs to the Bearcats, as Ben Mauk finds Dominick Goodman for a 15-yard touchdown pass, and we're tied, 7-7.

So ends the Bearcats' first deficit since trailing Marshall 2-0 in the first quarter in Week 4. It lasted all of three minutes and 16 seconds, as Cincinnati went 10 plays for 79 yards in 1:48.

Wake-Up Call in New Jersey

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - It took almost 10 minutes, but Rutgers has put points on the board.

Devin McCourty makes his second career interception return for a touchdown, picking off a pass intended for Marcus Barnett and taking it straight to the end zone. Jeremy Ito makes the kick, it's 7-0 Scarlet Knights, and Rutgers Stadium is rocking tonight.

Wake-Up Call in New Jersey

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - It took almost 10 minutes, but Rutgers has put points on the board.

Devin McCourty makes his second career interception return for a touchdown, picking off a pass intended for Marcus Barnett and taking it straight to the end zone. Jeremy Ito makes the kick, it's 7-0 Scarlet Knights, and Rutgers Stadium is rocking tonight.

Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Seven minutes and 44 seconds have passed in this game, and there are no points on the board.

But don't think for a second that things have been boring here in New Jersey.

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Now Where Have I Seen That Before?

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Credit Brian Kelly with going for the jugular on the road, but credit Greg Schiano with knowing how to play the game.

The Bearcats went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Rutgers 49, and appeared to have it before it was realized that Greg Schiano had called timeout right before the snap.

Now, where have we seen that before

Bradley Glatthaar didn't have the same luck the next time around, and Rutgers took over on downs.

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Knights At Knight

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - A Saturday night contest in the Big East featuring an undefeated team on the road, and a homestanding team looking for revenge. The teams in question are Rutgers and Cincinnati. Talk about a case of "uv ajed."

That would be "deja vu" backwards, by the way, and that's what we have tonight at Rutgers Stadium as the No. 20 Bearcats of the University of Cincinnati, sitting at 5-0 on the season, visit the No. 21 Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who are 3-1 in the 2007 season.

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September 29, 2007

...And Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - It's almost certain that when Greg Schiano took over this Rutgers program, he envisioned it one day being talked about amongst the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.

He may have even wanted it in the worst way...and on Saturday afternoon, that's exactly how he got it.

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Cheer The Turtle: Maryland Takes Down Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. You know that scene in Animal House where Bluto stands up and gives the impassioned speech about how it's not over until they decide it is (including the immortal question about whether it was "over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?").

I definitely have visions of it on a Saturday like this one.

West Virginia, dead.
Oklahoma, dead.
Texas, dead.
Rutgers...

OK, well, they're not dead, of course, but their hopes of an undefeated season are. The part of that that happened at Rutgers Stadium was a 34-24 win by Maryland over the No. 10 Scarlet Knights.

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Let's Go, Chop Chop

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - It comes down to this.

Lattimore is stopped for no gain on fourth and a yard, and Rutgers takes over at its own 25 (thanks to unsportsmanlike conduct after the play), with 2:34 to score and win or tie.

Looks like we're in for quite a finish at Rutgers Stadium.

One Stop, One Score

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - 4:41 and three points stand between Rutgers and the likes of Oklahoma, West Virginia and - in all likelihood, Texas.

A one-yard Ray Rice touchdown run has the Scarlet Knights within 3 at 27-24.

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Turn, Turn, Turn

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Chris Turner has come up huge today for the Terrapins with Jordan Steffy down.

A huge completion to LaQuan Williams on third and 12 put Maryland on the Rutgers 2, and Keon Lattimore all but walked into the end zone from there.

Maryland 27, Rutgers 17.

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Triple-Wide

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Egekeze misses again, from 37 yards, and Rutgers will start from the 20.

If the Scarlet Knights can come back again in this fourth quarter and win this game, the kicking game will certainly be a major topic of conversation around College Park.

In the meantime, it's still Maryland 20, Rutgers 17.

More Trouble For Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Mike Teel threw his first interception of the day, and the Terrapins are driving once again.

Meanwhile, the Scarlet Knights are without junior safety Glen Lee, who was injured on a third down play.

It's going to be a long afternoon, folks...as it has been around the country.

Happy Feet

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Maryland retakes the lead on a 37-yard field goal by Egekeze, as the junior seems to have shaken off his two missed kicks from the first half.

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Getting His Kick(s)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Obi Egekeze has gotten the monkey off his back.

While some might have expected Ralphi Friedgen to treat the red zone as four-down territory after Egekeze's two missed field goals in the first half - one of which, admittedly, was a 51-yarder - the junior from Augusta, Ga., connected on a 26-yard field goal to tie this game up at 17.

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How Quickly Things Change

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - And here I was thinking my halftime comments would be about Rutgers' hopes for a comeback.

Not that he knows I'm here, or knows I exist, but I'll bet Ralph Friedgen was thinking something similar.

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Giving "Two-Minute Drill" A New Meaning

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - So apparently, it was a two minute drill after all...for the whole team.

After a three-and-out by the Rutgers defense, Teel and company come back out on the field and go 69 yards in three plays, run in a mere 23 seconds, and a Teel-to-Underwood touchdown pass has Rutgers up 17-14.

It's halftime in Piscataway, and we've got a halftime update coming up.

Momentum Swing

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - How about a one-minute drill?

The Terrapins are still up, but the mood has definitely turned.

After the second missed field goal of the day by Obi Egekeze, Mike Teel directs the Rutgers offense in a beautiful execution of the two-minute drill, culminating in a 20-yard pass to Tim Brown for the touchdown.

Maryland 14, Rutgers 10.

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Slipping Through Their Fingers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Two fumbles in short succession have the Scarlet Knights in trouble.

The first one cost the Scarlet Knights seven points already, as on third and 8, Jordan Steffy finds Darrius Hayward-Bey for a 15-yard touchdown pass, and it's now 14-3 Maryland.

Then after, Mike Teel found Kenny Britt for a 24-yard pass to put the Scarlet Knights at midfield, Ray Rice fumbled on the next play and the Terrapins are driving again.

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Ball-In'

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - We have a "Ball game" on our hands, ladies and gentlemen.

Senior Lance Ball runs 19 yards into the end zone, and Maryland is up 7-3 with 13:02 left in the first half.

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No-Fear Turtles

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - You can say this about Maryland thus far. They've come to New Jersey without a hint of fear.

However, no fear means no points, thus far.

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Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing...For Now

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Keon Lattimore has shown himself to be more than capable of holding his own next to Rice, with some big runs on Maryland's first drive, but so far, it's all for naught.

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A Fair Beginning

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - A pass interference call put Rutgers in the red zone - although really, the whole stadiuum is a "Red Zone" - but a key run-stuffing of Rice on first down threw off the Scarlet Knights' scoring drive, and Rutgers winds up settling for a 29-yard Jeremy Ito field goal.

It's a 10-play drive for 68 yards, taking 4:03 off the clock. A solid start for the home team.

Dodging the Bullet

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - So much for relying on Rice early.

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R U Ready

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Good afternoon from Rutgers Stadium, where the No. 10 Scarlet Knights are getting ready to kick off against Maryland. The Scarlet Knights are looking for a 4-0 start heading into next week's Big East opener against Cincinnati, while the Terrapins are looking to shake off last week's collapse against reigning ACC champion Wake Forest.

A few thoughts as we get ready to go here in Piscataway...

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September 07, 2007

Rice Makes Nice

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Ray Rice is amassing quite a lot of milestones in his career at Rutgers - in fact, on the first series of plays tonight he became Rutgers' all-time leading rusher - but after the second game of his junior season, Rice actually accomplished a career first in the Knights' 41-24 win over Navy Friday night.

"It's a lifetime achievement," Rice said of breaking Rutgers' rushing record. "I never really cared about individual awards, but this one means a lot because I did it here at Rutgers Stadium"

The junior running back rushed 37 times for 176 yards and two TDs in front of 43,514 Scarlet-clad fans, the 3rd biggest crowd in Rutgers history, but it was his other touchdown that was the sweetest. In the first quarter, Rice took a Mike Teel pass 22 yards for a score, notching his first-ever TD catch. In all, Rice finished with 40 yards receiving.

It was the first time since 2003 that anyone rushed for over 150 yards against Navy.

Rice now has 360 yards rushing and 5 TDs in Rutgers' two wins on the season. Mike Teel also had a stellar day, finishing 14-for-19 for 266 and 3 TDs to go with one pick.

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Teel Bombs Kenny

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - No this wasn't a Southpark moment but a Mike Teel 53-yard bomb to Kenny Britt for a score to make it 34-17 Rutgers.

The Knights have seemingly pulled away with 9:05 left in the game.

Teel now has 242 yards and 3 TDs to go with one INT. Britt is his leading receiver with 3 catches for 99 yards and the score. Tiquan Underwood is also having a solid game with 5 catches for 80 yards.

For the Mids, Enhada has now thrown 4 completions and 3 interceptions. Not the greatest of ratios, if you ask me. Right now he is 4-for-10 for 32 yards.

Good Knight?

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Well, Navy started the second half strong...at least.

The Mids started the second half with a seven play, 67-yard drive that took 2:41 off the clock and resulted in a QB keeper by Enhada for a score to make it 24-14 Rutgers.

Mike Teel was then picked off by Navy's Ketric Buffin, his 3rd pick in his past 5 games and the 2nd this season, that gave Navy 1st and 10 on the Rutgers' 22 yard line.

But that is when the Navy bubble burst. Last season the Mids had four interceptions all season long, today they have three as Enhada threw another pick, the most in his career and the most by a Navy QB since 2000 agains Tulane, as Courtney Greene got a diving pick in the back of the endzone to give Rutgers the ball back and quiet the Navy drive.

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All Rice And Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Amazingly enough, Ray Rice has never scored a receiving touchdown. It seems the theme of the night is, he has now.

With 34 seconds left in the half, from 22 yards out, Rice took a Mike Teel pass to the house for his first career receiving TD to make the score at halftime 24-7 Rutgers.

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I'm Calling Him Enhada

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Navy junior QB from Hawaii has never thrown two picks in the same game.

He has now.

Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada - I won't spell that out again - threw two terrible passes to no Navy player imparticular. And apparently that is the first time any Navy QB has thrown two picks in a game since 2005, against, coincidentally, Rutgers.

With 46 seconds left in the half, Rutgers is driving again.

Injuries For Navy

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Navy suffered two big injuries already tonight.

I've already reported that senior safety Jeff Deliz is out for the game with a left leg injury.

Now, it is being reported that junior linebacker Clint Sovie has also been lost for the game with a left ankle injury.

And after another Rutgers scoring drive, a field goal that saw the Knights go 51 yards in 12 plays, including eight in which Ray Rice touched the football--seemingly a good idea for Rutgers to give him the ball every play.

With 8:00 left in the first half, Rice has 13 attempts for 69 yards and a TD to go with two catches for 18 yards.

Too Easy Ray

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Ray Rice isn't wasting any time for Rutgers.

He quickly became the school's all-time leading rusher on the first series of plays. Now, after scoring a TD, with 4:58 left in the 1st quarter, he moves into 5th place on the school's all-time rushing TD list with 29.

Navy safety Jeff Deliz is likely out for the game with a leg injury.

Rice's TD was from 4 yards out. He rushed right, redireted, bounced off the Navy line and found paydirt in the endzone. It was as pretty as a 4-yard rush could be.

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RU-Navy: Rutgers Red

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Scarlet Knights have come out fired up.

After pinning the Mids deep in their own territory, the Knights D held and forced a punt.

That punt was either tipped or the pressure caused a poor punt as the Knights rushed the kicker. Rutgers got the ball back in Navy territory on the 40.

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RU-Navy: Welcome...A Little Late

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Welcome to the State University of New Jersey, AKA Rutgers, AKA the most inaccessible stadium in the country.

Anyway, after parking fiasco after parking fiasco, your man from She's On Fire is on the move at Run And Shoot.

And we only missed one series of plays.

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August 30, 2007

Red Rout

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers was all about business Thursday, taking care of it in fine fashion as they sent the Bulls back to Buffalo licking their wounds.

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Yet Another For Ray

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Ray Rice just ran for another score to put Rutgers up by 32 after Buffalo finally broke through the drive earlier and notched a field goal. So as the third quarter quickly turns blends into the fourth quarter, Rutgers is up 35-3 and this one is essentially over.

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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.

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Introducing Tiquan Underwood

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - If you didn't know who Tiquan Underwood is, he certainly has made his presence felt in a big way with roughly five minutes remaining in the first half.

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Game Over?

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - We've got 1:24 remaining in the first quarter and it's now 21-0 Rutgers after Mike Teel connected with Tiquan Underwood for a 65 yard touchdown reception that had to have demoralized the Buffalo defense.

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Rice Running Easy

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Buffalo is overmatched trying to stop Ray Rice as the diminutive back scampers, stutters and struts his way into the endzone. Rutgers is now up 14-0 after another Rice touchdown run and the Bulls clearly have shown they have no answer for stopping Rice.

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Rice Off and Running

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The first kickoff of the new season, using the new rules change that moved the football back to the 30-yard line, certainly benefited Rutgers as Kordell Young returned it 56 yards to put the Scarlet Knights in excellent field position.

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College Football's Kickoff

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - College football officially kicksoff the 2007 regular season - in the place it all began in 1869 - just after 7 pm here as Rutgers gets set to take on Buffalo.

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