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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