Teammates Voice Support for Harrison, Te

LOUISVILLE — The 16-14 Rutgers loss Friday night against Louisville was, in many ways a team loss. But Mark Harrison's drop and San San Te's two missed field goals were the most visible mistakes in an emotional loss. spoke with both after the game and each discussed how to move forward.

Louisville — In a crestfallen Rutgers locker room at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, junior wide receiver and leader Mohamed Sanu echoed the same words to the media, to his teammates, to anyone that talked to him.

Flush it.

Mark Harrison and San San Te, who each made crushing mistakes Friday night, will each heed Sanu's words.

Harrison dropped what should have been a wide open, 85-yard game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. The junior had three steps on the entire secondary with space to score, but simply did not come through.

"I wasn't concentrating on it," Harrison said. "I just thought about the result. I just tried to take it for a touchdown and I didn't come up with it.

"I feel like this is my fault and I take the team on my back."

A defeated Harrison laid on the turf at the spot of his drop after the play, and in seconds, his head coach and receivers coach were on either side of him to show him support and get him ready for the next play.

"They just told me to keep my head up," Harrison said of Greg Schiano and P.J. Fleck. "They just told me to stay focused and try not to think about it."

Harrison's teammates have not lost faith in last year's leading receiver.

"Everybody's dropped a big play, a big ball," said Sanu, who will run away as the team's leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns this year. "It's just one of those balls that he usually catches all the time and he just rushed it. That's all."

True freshman quarterback Gary Nova, who made plenty of mistakes himself, stands behind Harrison.

"You can't hold your head down," Nova said. "I was talking to mark the whole time. I didn't lose trust in him. If I had to throw it to him again, I would throw it right to him."

Te has missed his last four field goals, including two chip shots Friday against the Cardinals. Thanks to a blocked extra point by Justin Francis, either kick could have won the game. But as a fifth-year senior, Te feels like he can put the past behind him.

"Me and my holder (Pat Kivlehan or J.T. Tartacoff) will approach this week the way we know how and we can't let a couple missed kicks mess up the way we do things," Te said. "We know how to make kicks, so just go back to the basics I guess. … I know how to do it. Coach Schiano knows I know how to do it. It's just really focusing and doing it right."

Schiano voiced his support for Te yesterday in his day-after-game teleconference with the media.

"He's made some big kicks as well," Schiano said. "It's not where he's just not had a good season, it's just been inconsistent. He's been better than he's been his whole career between 40 and 50, which are big kicks, and these [under 40] have been the ones made in the past."

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