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Rutgers Football

For Rutgers football fans, it's hard to imagine a more-satisfying schedule than the one their team plays this season.
Six home games, six away. Home dates with Buffalo (whom the Scarlet defeated last week), Navy Sept. 27, then four Big East Conference games, the farewell visit by Virginia Tech, followed by dates with the three programs that figure to be their major recruiting rivals over the next decade - Pittsburgh, Boston College and Syracuse.
YES, Rutgers thinking upset

The numbers didn't even faze tailback Justise Hairston. Rutgers University's leading rusher already was well aware that Michigan State, today's opponent, had limited Western Michigan to just 6 yards on 24 carries in a 26-21 victory last weekend.
Football: Rutgers' backs paying no mind to stats of Michigan State's defense

PISCATAWAY - Tres Moses is younger. And he doesn't have the "SportsCenter" clip cache. So he said no, punt returns aren't any harder than kick returns.
North Jersey Media Group

Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker will never be able to repay first-year coach John L. Smith for giving him a second chance. "I was definitely grateful that (Smith) gave me the opportunity to come back and play football again," said Smoker, a 6-foot-3, 224-pound quarterback. "I can't thank him enough."
Football: MSU's Smoker grateful for 2nd chance

PISCATAWAY -- Rutgers University football coach Greg Schiano resisted the temptation to shower his team with artificial crowd noise during practice this past week. He brought in machines that simulated cheering before games at Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Syracuse last season.
Football: Rutgers notebook

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State will celebrate its 1,000th football game today by wearing throwback uniforms and using its original nickname.
The Spartans hope not to turn back the clock, however, to the last time they played Rutgers, which ended in a 14-7 loss 12 years ago.
The Trentonian

Football: Rutgers-Michigan State scouting report



Michigan State looks ahead to Rutgers

EAST LANSING - Michigan State's offensive and defensive lines will be heavily tested today against Rutgers.The Scarlet Knights' philosophy is simple: Attack, attack, attack and attack some more.
Lansing State Journal:MSU's goal: Sustain run, then stop it

Today's matchup between MSU and Rutgers at quarterback poses a few similarities and one major difference - experience.Both teams are implementing new offensive schemes this season. But the Spartans chose a senior veteran to call the snaps, while the Scarlet Knights benched their would-be senior Ted Trump halfway through last season in favor of a true freshman.
Lansing State Journal:Sophomore passer runs show for Rutgers

Every day, first thing, as soon as the helmets go on. First-year coach John L. Smith's three-station "tackling circuit" is one of the changes he hopes will turn a deficient defensive team in 2002 into a solid one in 2003. Judging from MSU's opening-day showing, progress has been made, with more required, starting today against Rutgers - a team that will try to run over the Spartans much more than the Broncos did.
Lansing State Journal:MSU's defense is striving to cure a big problem of recent years: terrible tackling

EAST LANSING -- Rutgers has a significant place in college football history, having played in the first game, a 6-4 victory over Princeton in 1869. The problem is the Scarlet Knights don't have much recent tradition. Since the last winning season in 1992, Rutgers has finished 4-7, 5-5-1, 4-7, 2-9, 0-11, 5-6, 1-10, 3-8, 2-9 and 1-11.
Rutgers ducks negative image





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