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PITTSBURGH -- Rutgers found something yesterday that it hasn't had for quite a while in Big East play: a measure of respect. Now all the Scarlet Knights need to find is a running game. And an offense that doesn't have to rely on gimmicks to move the ball. And some way to reduce the turnovers and penalties that continue to plague this team.
Rutgers football: Not too bad against Pitt

PITTSBURGH -- Here's the difference two years of eligibility can make: Pittsburgh middle linebacker Gerald Hayes, a senior from New Jersey who never has to play against Rutgers again, was willing to admit that his fumble return for a touchdown yesterday was particularly satisfying because of whom it came against. But teammate Malcolm Postell, a sophomore linebacker from New Jersey who still has two games to play against Rutgers, said the fact that he came up with three turnovers in the 23-3 victory over the Knights wasn't any more or less satisfying than it would have been against another team.
Rutgers football: Pitt's Garden Staters have mixed feelings

Rutgers (1-3, 0-1 Big East) didn't make very many offensive plays for sure in losing its 16th straight Big East game. The defense made two goal-line stands, and though Pittsburgh would amass 379 yards, the unit kept the Panthers (3-1, 1-0) touchdown-free until eight minutes into the third quarter. But the offense had no one to run with the momentum.
NorthJersey.com - Rutgers

PITTSBURGH -- Rutgers opened Big East play Saturday against Pittsburgh at Heinz Field and displayed the kind of offense its fans remember well. And how they'd love to forget it. In a 23-3 loss to the Panthers, second-year coach Greg Schiano and his offensive coordinator Bill Cubit ran 75 plays for a total of 164 yards. And when you factor in three sacks and two losses on quarterback scrambles, they came away with a minus three yards on 25 carries in the rushing game.
Rutgers drops Big East opener to Pittsburgh - Courier News

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh's heralded defense made up for a lackluster offensive effort yesterday against Rutgers.
Gerald Hayes scored on an 8-yard fumble return in the second quarter as Pittsburgh's defense picked up its slow-starting offense, and the Panthers went on to beat Rutgers 23-3 yesterday.
The Trentonian

With Rutgers coming to town, Pitt had an opportunity to show how much it has separated itself from the lower-tier teams in the Big East Conference and the rest of Division I. Instead, the Panthers' 23-3 victory in front of 32,519 yesterday at Heinz Field showed a different kind of separation -- the one between the Pitt offense and the defense.
Gazette Online - Sports

Senior linebacker Gerald Hayes tried hard not to give the defense too much credit for the Pitt's 23-3 win against Rutgers yesterday at Heinz Field.  Defensive lineman Claude Harriott forces Rutgers quarterback Ted Trump to fumble yesterday. He tried to downplay the fact the defense dominated Rutgers while the Panthers' offense couldn't get out of its own way. He was even complimentary of the offense and gave the cliche about winning and losing as a team.
Strong Pitt defense scores big

Question: Is the glass half empty or half full at Pitt? The reviews were mixed Saturday after the Panthers defeated Big East Conference lightweight Rutgers, 23-3, at Heinz Field. Most expected Pitt (3-1, 1-0 conference) to pummel a Scarlet Knights team (1-3, 0-1) that lost to Division I-AA Villanova and Division I-A bottom-feeder Buffalo, but yesterday's victory was far from convincing, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.
PittsburghLIVE.com - Pitt grabs unimpressive victory over Rutgers

The Panthers failed to convert four times in short-yardage situations in Scarlet Knights territory, including twice inside the 10-yard line. "It was a good job by Rutgers," Pitt coach Walt Harris said. "Obviously, they had a good plan. We'll have to work to improve that."
PittsburghLIVE.com - Panthers struggling to find their rushing identity

PittsburghLIVE.com - Defense rises to the occasion
 

Rutgers notebook: Knights struggle in conference play - Courier News

Rutgers-Pittsburgh recap - Courier News

 

Weekend Scoreboard

Last week's opponent Army lost to Louisville 45-14

WEST POINT, NEW YORK (TICKER) -- Louisville got an outstanding performance from its special teams. In five days, it will need a special performance from quarterback Dave Ragone. Damien Dorsey and Joshua Tinch had special teams touchdowns 90 seconds apart in the second quarter as Louisville overcame a ho-hum showing by Ragone in a 45-14 Conference USA victory over Army.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Louisville at Army Game Recap

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Next week's opponent Tennessee lost to Florida 30-13

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE (TICKER) -- Another Florida coach is making life miserable for Phillip Fulmer. Rex Grossman threw three touchdown passes and 10th-ranked Florida scored 24 points in the final five minutes of the second quarter en route to a stunning 30-13 victory over No. 4 Tennessee.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Florida at Tennessee Game Recap

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In Big East Games

Virginia Tech defeated Texas A&M 13-3, Temple lost to South Carolina 42-21 and Miami thumped Boston College 38-6

Big East Scoreboard

 

In other games involved Rutgers' opponents.

Notre Dame defeated  Michigan State 21-17

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Notre Dame doesn't prefer winning in such dramatic fashion. It's just working out that way. Quarterback Pat Dillingham, playing for injured starter Carlyle Holiday, threw a short pass to Arnaz Battle, who ran 60 yards for a touchdown with 1:15 remaining as the 12th-ranked Fighting Irish rallied to beat Michigan State 21-17 Saturday.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAAF - No. 12 Notre Dame 21, Michigan St. 17

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In other games the woes of the Big Ten continued as Purdue lost to Wake Forest 24-21, Ohio State struggled to nip Cincinnati in the fourth quarter 23-19, Illinois lost to San Jose State 38-35 and Michigan struggled to hold off unranked Utah 10-7.

Big Ten Scoreboard

 

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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