Rutgers/Illinois: Photo Album I

The Scarlet Knights jumped on the Illini early and often. A series of Illinois miscues lead to a pair of RU scores before the Scarlet Knight offense could even record a first down. SOR brings you images from RU's 2006 home opener, including the game's turning point: Manny Collins' punt block that got the home team going.

Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano takes the field in his Scarlet Knights 2006 home opener

Scarlet Knights' Outland Trophy Candidate Ramel Meekins

True So RB Raymell Rice

Dom Natale takes the field

Rutgers' captains take to midfield for the coin toss amidst a sea of scarlet in the background

Assistant Head/Linebackers/Special Teams Coach Darren Rizzi.

Illinois boots the opening kick-off.

Tiquan Underwood lines up before a play.

Mike Teel fakes the handoff to Ray Rice as Brian Leonard does his best impression of a 6th O-lineman.

Manny Collins (#26) and Derrick Roberson (#11) gets their hands on the punt as the wall breaks through. Kordell Young (#8) has his facemask turn to the side by an Illini player.

Manny Collins is on the ball first as Derrick Roberson is there to help out.  Roberson would pounce on the ball - in the endzone - for the game's opening TD.

Jeremy Ito, with Anthony Cali as the holder, nets the first extra point, 4:21 into the contest.

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