Friday, December 29, 2006

Rutgers beats Kansas State in Texas Bowl

The 2006 saga of Rutgers football ended with Rutgers trouncing Kansas State 37-10 on Dec. 28 in the Texas Bowl.

AP noted:

"To win the first bowl game after 137 years of playing, to say we're excited would be an understatement," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said.

Rice topped 100 yards for the 10th time this season and the 15th time in 25 career games. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound sophomore went over 150 yards for the fifth time this season.

The Scarlet Knights' seventh-ranked defense manhandled Kansas State's offense, holding the Wildcats to 162 total yards and six first downs. Freshman quarterback Josh Freeman was 10-for-21 for 129 yards with two interceptions.

Kansas State (7-6) mustered only 85 yards after Frierson's return of Freeman's first interception put Rutgers up 24-10 just 33 seconds out of halftime.

"I think they were really hungry because they felt like they got left out of a BCS game," Freeman said of Rutgers. "They were out there to prove something and we weren't able to respond."

Of disappointment, recall that during the 1998 season, Kansas State posted an undefeated 11-0 regular season and earned its first ever Number 1 ranking in the national polls, but ended up playing in the Alamo Bowl (losing to Purdue).

Still looking for Vai Sikahema's op-ed entitled "Rutgers is Wrong."


Also relevant to the points raised by Vai Sikahema in "Rutgers is Wrong" is the victory of Boise State over Oklahoma. Sikahema acted as if it were all right for Ohio State, et al., to spend big dollars on football, but not Rutgers. Although the wisdom of spending big bucks on football programs might be questioned, there is no reason for Vai to give a pass to some programs, and not others. "Sikahema is Wrong"

Of Boise State on January 1, 2007:
First Downs 16 23
Passing 10 10
Rushing 6 9
Penalty 0 4
Third Down Efficiency 4-14 2-10
Fourth Down Efficiency 2-2 0-0
Total Plays 65 70
Average Gain Per Play 5.8 5.8
Rushes 35 38
Average Per Rush 3.1 4.6
Completions-Attempts 20-30 19-32
Yards Per Pass Play 8.9 7.3
Times Sacked 3 2
Yards Lost to Sacks 16 13
Had Intercepted 1 3


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