Early Mourning Edition


Greg Schiano won't just go back and evaluate what happened on the field last night as he sifts through the wreckage of Rutgers' stunning 34-11 home loss to Buffalo. The Knights' second-year coach said he will also take a hard look at the job he did and has done -- as well as the job being done by his staff. Just 13 games into his head-coach career, Schiano is bracing for a wave of criticism after a comedy of errors helped contribute to a blowout home loss to a team that came in ranked as the worst 1-A country by CBS Sportsline.com.
Rutgers notebook: Schiano is taking the blame

How can you be the captains of your fate and the masters of your 100-yard soul when you stagger through a game against what had been the worst team in college football by committing 12 penalties (four of them during them during a seven-play sequence), giving up a safety on a bad snap that sailed 38 yards into and out of the end zone (longer than any other yardage move in either direction all night long for the home team), giving up three sacks, throwing three interceptions and playing with all the aggressiveness of an army of wounded amoebas?
Izenberg: It ain't easy being a tailgater at Rutgers

The team that seems to re-define rock bottom every time it steps onto the field now did it again last night. Incredibly, remarkably, shockingly. Think the home loss to 1-AA Villanova last weekend was a tough one for the Rutgers program to take? Try this one on for size: The Knights were dominated and overrun and never competitive with a four-year-old Buffalo program that came in ranked 117th and last in the country by CBS Sportsline.com, suffering a stunning 34-11 loss to the Bulls before a crowd of 19,101 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway.
Rutgers: Bottom falls out in loss to Buffalo

The prescribed answer last night was to try Trump at quarterback. Ryan Cubit had come up so short last season and seemed unimproved in the opening loss to Villanova that left Rutgers fans shaken and downhearted. Give the ball to Trump and hope the strong-armed kid from Delran would find magic. Instead, the postgame question was whether to give him another chance after the Knights put up a dismal 221 yards of total offense.
It can't get any worse than this

So much for Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano's decision to give Ted Trump the nod at quarterback last night against Buffalo, benching starter Ryan Cubit in an effort to jumpstart his offense. The Scarlet Knights stalled badly again in a 34-11 loss to the Bulls at Rutgers Stadium, becoming arguably the worst of 117 teams in the Division I-A ranks this week.
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PISCATAWAY -- Ray Porman has been a Rutgers football season ticket holder for 25 years and he swears he'll keep on coming back no matter what. John Moran, a season ticket holder since 1991, isn't so sure.  "I love Rutgers and yes, I think it'll eventually get better," said Moran, a Bridgewater native, "but what if (coach Greg Schiano) can't do it? I think we're going to (Division) I-AA."   And if that happens, as remote as that possibility is, Moran says that will be the end of his season tickets. "If they go to Division I-AA, what can I do? I bought my tickets when they joined the Big East because I wanted to see the best of college football and that's obviously not what I'm seeing."
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PISCATAWAY -- For those who were desperately clinging to the notion that Rutgers was finally getting serious about its football, Saturday night's game with the mighty Bulls of Buffalo must have come as yet another rude awakening. For those poor deluded souls who were convinced that last week's loss to a Division school was nothing more than an aberration, the Scarlet Knights spared no effort in proving they were for real, demonstrating unequivocally that they could lose to the lowest form of Division I-A life as well.
Bill Handleman: Football isn't to be taken seriously at Rutgers - Courier News

PISCATAWAY -- Ted Trump was inserted at quarterback for yesterday's game against Buffalo in an attempt to jumpstart a struggling offense.
It didn't work.
The Trentonian

Not even Terry Shea has a worse record. And even during his second year in 1997 (0-11), no one was really surprised when they struggled in their first two games with a 59-19 loss to Virginia Tech and then a 48-14 loss to Texas.  Villanova and Buffalo aren't exactly Virginia Tech and Texas.
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With former baseball player Ted Trump under center, Rutgers was trounced, 34-11, by Buffalo on Saturday night. Buffalo had entered the game ranked 117 - out of 117 teams - in Division I-A, but the pollsters obviously had forgotten the Bulls had No. 115 Rutgers on their slate. "No, we fully expected it to be a titanic challenge, and it was," Buffalo coach Jim Hofher said. "They've got more better football players than we do and they've been doing this a lot longer than we have. This was not easy."
NorthJersey.com - Football

PISCATAWAY, NJ ­ Saturday night was another milestone victory for the University at Buffalo football program. Dominating all sides of the ball, the Bulls scored a convincing 34-11 victory at Rutgers Stadium over the Scarlet Knights, winning for the first time against a BIG EAST team since returning to the Division I ranks. The win evened UB's record at 1-1 on the season while Rutgers fell to 0-2 before 19,101 fans.
University at Buffalo - Football Press Release - Go Bulls!

There was little resemblance to the UB team that arrived with a tattered ego after losing to a Division I-AA opponent. The numbers were good: The Bulls' first win over a Big East opponent in four tries and the first time Buffalo has started 1-1 in a season since 1998. "This is a terrific team victory for our football program," said UB coach Jim Hofher, still wet from a Gatorade shower. "We've come to a Big East Conference team, we played them at home and we were able to get a victory."
Buffalo News - UB rolls past Rutgers


Basketball - Sherrod arrested

Mike Sherrod, the starting point guard on the Rutgers basketball team, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct last night at the Rutgers-Buffalo football game at Rutgers Stadium.
Rutgers: Sherrod arrested at game

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers men's basketball team will open its 2002-03 season at home on Nov. 18, hosting Columbia in the first round of the Pre-Season NIT. The Scarlet Knights, under the direction of second-year coach Gary Waters, will play a minimum of 26 regular season games this season, including 16 challenging BIG EAST Conference contests.
Rutgers Announces 2002-03 Schedule


Weekend Scoreboard

Last week's opponent Villanova defeated Colgate 20-0

 Quarterback Brett Gordon threw for 392 yards and a touchdown, leading Villanova past Colgate 20-0 on Saturday.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAAF - Villanova 20, Colgate 0

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Next week's opponent Army lost to Holy Cross 31-20

WEST POINT, NEW YORK (TICKER) -- Ari Confessor returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and Chris Vella kicked five field goals as Division I-AA Holy Cross stunned Army, 30-21.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Holy Cross at Army Game Recap

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In Big East games

Miami crushed Florida 41-6 and BC topped Stanford but Pitt, WVU and Syracuse all ended up losers.

Check out all Big East results, recaps and box scores

Big East Scoreboard


In other games involving Rutgers opponents Tennessee beat Middle Tennessee State 26-3

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE (TICKER) -- Fourth-ranked Tennessee got through a non-conference tuneup in workmanlike fashion, cruising to a 26-3 victory over Middle Tennessee in the first meeting between the schools. Casey Clausen completed 24-of-29 passes for 263 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while Cedric Houston rushed for 74 yards and a score on 13 carries.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Middle Tenn at Tennessee Game Recap

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Notre Dame defeated  Purdue 24-17

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA (TICKER) -- For the second straight week, Notre Dame's offense failed to reach the end zone and Vontez Duff did.  Duff took back an interception 33 yards for a touchdown with 4:09 left and 24th-ranked Notre Dame also returned two fumbles for scores in a 24-17 victory over Purdue, making Tyrone Willingham a winner in his first home game as coach of the Fighting Irish.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Purdue at Notre Dame Game Recap

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Golf Outing

Hey are you a Rutgers Basket Ball fan?  Do you like golf?  Want to shoot a round with say, Gary Waters or one of his staff?  Here's your opportunity.  The Rutgers Court Club is sponsoring a Golf Outing on Monday October 7, 2002 at the University Golf Course in Piscataway.  Tee off is scheduled for 2PM and is limited to the first 72 RU fans that sign up.  The $150 fee includes dinner.  For $500 you have a chance to be in Gary's foursome and for $300 you can play with Larry, Garland, Kevin, Vince or Stan.  So join the TEAM BEHIND THE TEAM, the Rutgers Court Club and see you on the links.

For information email sdw@lawroth.com


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Fan Feedback - This note from a former RU wide receiver

Well I thought I never see the day but we are officially the WORST DIVISION 1 TEAM IN THE COUNTRY ( # 117). Big East Conf has the best team and the worst team in Div 1.
No words can express what all RU Alums, fans, supporters etc., are feeling right now!
Can we forfeit the rest of the season and stop this embarrassment?
Lord, help us!!!!!!


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