Whether Rutgers wins another game or not this season, the Knights made one thing abundantly clear last night: They are not the worst Division 1-A college football team in the country. Not even close, as it turns out.
Rutgers football: A laugher at long last
The promise had been there through the first two games. It's just that Markis Facyson couldn't stay healthy enough to finish what he had started. That finally changed last night, and the results were impressive, with Facyson setting a Rutgers rushing record for a true freshman by going for 129 yards and one touchdown in the Scarlet Knights' 44-0 rout of Army in Piscataway.
Rutgers notebook: Facyson rushes into record book
And it came to pass (or is the word intercept?) that with 10:04 left to play in the first quarter last night, a large Rutgers lineman named Will Burnett reached for the sky and laid a large finger or two on an Army forward pass. It was enough to slow and redirect the trajectory and a Rutgers defensive back named Shawn Seabrooks stepped in front of the intended receiver, grabbed the ball, cut diagonally to his left and ran untouched for 33 yards and a touchdown to give the Scarlet Knights a 10-0 lead.
Izenberg: Electricity is in the air
Greg Schiano might have been chosen to be vindictive after Rutgers' 44-0 victory over Army sent a Homecoming Night crowd home in a joyous mood. Instead, the coach who has been the butt of some jibes took the high road. The win was what he expected.
Could turnaround have just started?
On third and 11 on the Army 25, a pass over the middle was tipped by defensive lineman William Burnett. Reacting to the deflection, free safety Shawn Seabrooks picked off the dying quail and broke to the outside for a 34-yard touchdown return. Rutgers led 10-0, and suddenly a feeling of invincibility and promise swept across the RU sideline. That the mood was created by two of the unlikeliest candidates should not go unnoticed.
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PISCATAWAY -- It stops the bleeding for now, and at least for one week Rutgers can say it's not the worst team in Division I-A football. Army arguably became that last night with a 44-0 loss to the Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium. For the first time this season, Rutgers faced a team with a more inexperienced quarterback than its own. For the first time this season, Rutgers saw more underclassmen in the opponents' starting lineup than its own. For the first time, the opposing offense was more inept and the opposing defense more forgiving.
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PISCATAWAY -- It's been a difficult three weeks for the Rutgers defense. The group was riddled for 37 points by Villanova and 34 points by Buffalo, has been poked and prodded by verbal jabs from fans and asked to explain its deficiencies on a near-daily basis by the media. Last night against Army, the defense made its stand.
PISCATAWAY - Marty Pyszczymuka's eyes were clear, Greg Schiano smiled, and laughter filled the locker room. Heck, people were in the locker room. After two weeks of ugly play sent the Scarlet Knights scurrying, Rutgers put together a thoroughly impressive 44-0 pounding of Army on Saturday. The 1,200 Cadets Army bussed in may have been ordered to watch the game standing, but the Scarlet Knights' homecoming fans didn't need to be compelled to stay on their feet, as Rutgers finally showed all the promise its preseason camp had predicted.NorthJersey.com - College Sports
PISCATAWAY - After two weeks of watching teams go through, over, and around it, Rutgers' defense appeared to be facing an Army of One on Saturday night at Rutgers Stadium. That's how badly the Black Knights seemed to be outnumbered by the Scarlet Knights, particularly when Army was on offense. Army didn't invade Rutgers territory until the third quarter, and when the Black Knights finally did, they turned over the ball two plays later on Brandon Haw's interception.
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Last weeks opponent Buffalo was crunched by Connecticut 24-3
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) -- Dan Orlovsky threw for one touchdown and ran for another, while tailback Terry Caulley ran for 136 yards as Connecticut beat Buffalo 24-3 Saturday night. Orlovsky completed 18 of 24 attempts for 242 yards and connected with Tommy Collins for a 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. His 13-yard touchdown with 6:25 left in the game sealed the win.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAAF - Connecticut 24, Buffalo 3
Next weeks opponent Pittsburgh beat UAB 26-20
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (TICKER) -- It wasn't easy, but Pittsburgh returned to its winning ways. Rod Rutherford directed a pair of second half scoring drives as the Panthers rallied for a 26-20 victory over Alabama-Birmingham. Pittsburgh (2-1) had a seven-game winning streak snapped last Saturday with a 14-12 loss to Texas A&M and it looked like another loss was possible as it trailed, 20-17, midway through the third quarter.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Pittsburgh at UAB Game Recap
In Big East games
Miami beat Temple 44-24, West Virginia beat Cincinnati 35-32 and Syracuse blew out Rhode Island 63-17
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In other games involving Rutgers' opponents Notre Dame beat Michigan 25-23
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA (TICKER) -- Notre Dame was a lot better defensively with 11 men on the field than it was with 10. Cornerback Shane Walton batted away a two-point conversion with 2:53 left and added an interception moments later as the 21st-ranked Fighting Irish escaped with a 25-23 victory over No. 6 Michigan, their first win over a top-10 foe in four years.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Michigan at Notre Dame Game Recap
Tennessee did not play
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