Thursday, November 09, 2006

Rutgers beats Louisville 28-25

Behind in the first half, Rutgers won 28-25.


from the New York Daily News on Nov. 10, 2006:

Did the Louisville Cardinals deserve to be in the BCS championship game after they defeated West Virginia, 44-34? Would they get a chance to play for the national title over a one-loss team from the SEC or Pac-10?

Now the questions can shift to Rutgers after the Scarlet Knights' relentless defense shut down the Cardinals' high-powered offense in the second half of their 28-25 come-from-behind victory in Piscataway.

from AP on Nov. 10, 2006:

But after the Scarlet Knights took Louisville's best shot, dusted themselves off and dispatched a team many thought was a legitimate contender, Rutgers has to be in the title mix.

Rutgers was in 13th place in the last Bowl Championship Series standings, behind eight teams with at least one loss. The Louisville win should give them a big boost, but how high will they climb come Sunday when the new standings come out?

For Rutgers to get a fair shake in the BCS, poll voters, pundits and the lobbyists who influence them need to get over their preconceived notions of the Scarlet Knights.

As for the offense, Rutgers doesn't throw it much or particularly well. Quarterback Mike Teel takes some heat from fans, but his inexperienced wide receivers don't offer much help. Teel was very good Thursday night, despite the 8-for-21 line. There were at least five dropped passes, and he threw for 189 yards and a TD.

What they can do as well as any team in the country is run. Rice, who went for 131 yards and two scores against the Cardinals, is third in the nation in rushing. Leonard can catch, run and block.

One wonders where Vai Sikahema and "Rutgers is Wrong" are located in November 2006.


Blogger Lawrence B. Ebert said...

The front page of the Star-Ledger on Nov. 10 had the headline:

A win rewrites Rutgers history

The text included the words: It is, quite simply, the most dramatic, arrival-announcing, perception-changing, national championship picture shaking victory for a college football team this year.

No one will have any idea what to do if Rutgers completes a 12-0 season.

The other Ledger headline on Nov. 10: Most New Jersey homeowners can expect a 20 percent cut in their property taxes next year.

Joseph Roberts was quoted: immediate relief is essential.

New Jersey has the nation's highest property taxes.

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