After the first game of the season against Villanova, Rutgers quarterback Ryan Cubit left the field to jeers that rained down from the fans calling for his ouster as the team's signal caller. Saturday night he entered the game in the fourth quarter as a savior, cheered by the faithful hoping for a single touchdown against West Virginia.
As time ran out on Saturday's 40-0 trouncing at the hands of West Virginia, a glance at the scoreboard proclaimed loud and clear what Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano confirmed after the game, the Scarlet Knights (1-5, 0-2) played "a horrible game offensively."
"Our performance was certainly not a Division 1-A offensive performance," Schiano said.
West Virginia blanks Knights
At best, the news would've brought a lukewarm reception.
Twenty-four hours after the carnage that was Saturday's 40-0 loss to West Virginia, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano promised things would be different.
"I don't think you can play as poorly as we did on offense," he said, "and not make some changes."
Maybe if Schiano hadn't already made changes, it would be exciting to think some were coming. Maybe if one, just one, of his changes had worked, his words could mean there was something to look forward to.
Rutgers' offense heading the wrong way
What does the head coach of a listless offense do after he has already changed quarterbacks, running backs, mixed and matched personnel on the offensive line, shuffled the wide receivers and reached as deep into the playbook as he can?
If you're Greg Schiano, you just keep plugging away looking for answers -- and consider even more changes.
Schiano plans more changes
The weather conditions this weekend made it appear impossible that any high school football team was going to get anywhere in a hurry, but just the opposite happened. This was the week of the runner, as 14 county players reached 100 rushing yards and one - Moorestown's Albert Young - emerged as the runner of the week.
Young's 15 carries for 323 yards and three touchdowns was easily the best performance by a county running back this season. It was also the fourth best in county history, surpassing a 322-yard effort by Mikal Lundy of Florence in 1999.
Young runs through the rain drops
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Around the Big East
The band played on yesterday at Veterans Stadium. The cheerleaders danced, Temple fans were on their feet clapping, and the Owls football team joined the crowd in singing the school fight song.
Temple had just defeated Syracuse in a Big East Conference game.
A homecoming hit, Temple stops Syracuse
Miami has itself a record-setting streak -- most consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll.
The Hurricanes, who extended the nation's longest winning streak to 28 games with a 28-27 win over Florida State, remained in the top spot Sunday for a record 19th straight poll.
Miami No. 1 for 19th straight week; Florida out of AP poll
One half of the Fiesta Bowl: Miami (6-0) or Virginia Tech (6-0). Neither is likely to be touched by the rest of the Big East. Only one tough non-conference date for each -- the Canes at Tennessee on Nov. 9, the Hokies vs. Virginia on Nov. 30 -- stand in the way of a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup Dec. 7 in the Orange Bowl, with the loser almost certainly eliminated one step early. Hey, its just like the Final Four.
National title race becomes clearer after defining weekend
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As the Oklahoma players walked into their locker room at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, they smiled when they saw one of the comforts of home hanging on the wall. "Sooner Magic" the sign read, just like it does in their locker room in Norman.
Miami, Oklahoma: Good poll position
University officials may have suspended their search for a new president, but plans are moving forward to provide that individual with a new official residence.
The board of governors yesterday unanimously authorized negotiations for the purchase of the historic Miller family estate at the corner of River Road and Hoes Lane in Piscataway to serve as the president's residence.
A move is necessary because the state Department of Transportation's Route 18 realignment project will render the existing president's residence at 1245 River Road "unsuitable" for a residential use, officials said.
New home for RU leader
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