The Scarlet Knights and Mid-American Conference member Buffalo meet for the third time overall and for the third straight season. Rutgers owns a 2-0 lead in the series, which began on September 9, 2000, when the Scarlet Knights posted a 59-0 victory over the Bulls in Piscataway. Last season, in the first game of the Greg Schiano era at Rutgers on August 30, 2001, the Scarlet Knights earned a 31-15 victory in Buffalo. Rutgers owns a 4-1-1 record all-time vs. teams that are currently members of the Mid-American Conference. Buffalo dropped a 37-26 decision at home to Lehigh in its season opener on August 29 in Buffalo. The Scarlet Knights opened their 2002 season with a 37-19 home loss to Villanova.
BUFFALO (0-1) at RUTGERS (0-1)
Five days after a devastating loss to Villanova, and two days after declaring only four players had locked down starting spots, Rutgers' coach Greg Schiano named Ted Trump as the starting quarterback for tomorrow's game against Buffalo.
The announcement, which came after yesterday's practice, means that Ryan Cubit will be a backup for the first time in his collegiate career. Cubit, in his second season, started all 11 games as a true freshman last year and was the starter for the Villanova game.
TRUMP-ED: Rutgers' Cubit benched by Schiano
His offense continually sputtering, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano spent last year tinkering with the nuts and bolts.
This week, he went straight to the engine.
Just a few days after saying sophomore quarterback Ryan Cubit received an unfair share of the blame for Rutgers' woes, Schiano announced he was benching the only starter he's had in 12 games as a head coach.
Rutgers pulls Cubit
All summer long, the word on the Rutgers campus was about a new, fortified offensive line, the three promising, young running backs who would be working behind it and how the Knights' rushing game would show significant improvement over the 2001 season.
Then a something thing happened. Rutgers played a game. Thirty-four carries and a mere 85 rushing yards were accumulated against Villanova in the season-opener last Saturday, it was hard to tell the difference between last year's anemic ground game and this year's purportedly new and improved version.
Rutgers ground game going nowhere fast
After two days of hinting at it, Greg Schiano finally played his Trump card yesterday.
Rutgers' second-year head coach announced that senior Ted Trump, who entered the university on a baseball scholarship in 1999, will start at quarterback over sophomore Ryan Cubit when the Knights (0-1) play host to Buffalo (0-1) tomorrow night.
Trump, a former baseball, football and wrestling standout at Delran High School, has never started a college game and owns just six games of mop-up duty last year as experience.
Delran's Trump named Rutgers QB vs. Buffalo
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Around the Big East
Looking to this week, there are two marquee matchups that the nation will be focusing on. In the Sunshine State, we get to see the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes meet in the regular season for the first time in 15 years. Both schools have national championship dreams, so someone is going to wake up Sunday with lots of ground to make up.
Eyes turn to the Sunshine State for Florida-Miami
It started with a gruff, pipe-smoking Bear Bryant sound-alike. It was pulled along by a cocky ball coach. Deion was there to flash his neon. Papa Bowden got better as he got older.
You know it as the greatest modern rivalry in college sports. Florida, Florida State and Miami know no comparison. Alabama-Auburn? A once-a-year phenomenon. Michigan-Ohio State? Call us when you win more than one title in 30 years. Carolina-Duke? Getting warmer but it lacks a dance partner.
Florida-Miami clash only adds to amazing Sunshine legacy
Miami running back Jarrett Payton, hampered by back problems, practiced with the top-ranked Hurricanes on Wednesday and will play against Florida.
Payton, son of Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, missed the opener and most of fall camp.
"We're planning on him being available," Miami coach Larry Coker said of Payton, who will be the backup for tailbacks Willis McGahee and Jason Geathers
Payton, Jennings to play against Florida
Derek Anderson threw for 286 yards and four touchdowns, including two to James Newson, to lead Oregon State over Temple, 35-3, Thursday night in the first football meeting between the schools.
Steven Jackson ran for 117 yards on 25 carries, Newson had nine catches for 77 yards, and Mitch Meeuwsen had two interceptions for the Beavers (2-0).
Oregon State, a disappointing 5-6 last season after finishing No. 4 in 2000 and starting the year at No. 10, has won its first two games by a total of 71 points.
Oregon State too much for Temple
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