BLACKSBURG, Va. - Go ahead, try to figure out this Rutgers team. One week the Knights are barely functional at home against a middle-of-the-pack Big East team, the next they're giving the No. 3-ranked team in the country fits on the road. One week the offense is bumbling around for 90 yards and no points, the next it's moving effectively against the nation's top-ranked defense.
Rutgers gives Va. Tech a scare
"In the game of football," quarterback Ryan Cubit said, "a lot of mysterious things happen." And nothing is more mysterious than the recent play of Rutgers (1-6 overall, 0-3 Big East). The same team that was pounded, 40-0, at home by West Virginia a week ago played Virginia Tech (7-0, 2-0), a legitimate national champion contender, tight on the Virginia Tech field, at the Virginia Tech homecoming. An offense that hadn't produced a touchdown in conference play managed two against the nation's No. 1 scoring defense.
NorthJersey.com - Rutgers
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The loudest roar at Lane Stadium on Saturday did not come when Virginia Tech tailback Kevin Jones reversed his field to break a 58-yard touchdown run or when his teammate, DeAngelo Hall, returned a punt 51 yards to close the scoring in a 35-14 victory over Rutgers. No, 64,907 fans were at their eardrum-splitting fiercest at the outset of the fourth quarter, exhorting their third-ranked Hokies to stop Rutgers from scoring a touchdown that would have pulled the Scarlet Knights to within 28-21.
Rutgers hangs close to Virginia Tech, but can't overcome poor start - Courier News
Rutgers pulled of a successful fake field goal on its first scoring drive, faking a 43-yarder by Ryan Sands when holder Sean Carty took the snap and sprinted 12 yards for a first down. Rutgers scored two plays later, a 12-yard pass from Cubit to Aaron Martin.
Rutgers-Virginia Tech game recap - Courier News
Rutgers senior wide receiver Josh Hobbs of Somerville had a career-high five receptions for 89 yards, including a 39-yarder in the third quarter, the longest of the season for quarterback Ryan Cubit. "I had a couple of catches last week and seemed like the coaches had more confidence in me," Hobbs said. "Ryan Cubit was throwing great balls to me."
Rutgers-Virginia Tech notebook - Courier News
Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer is running out of ways to describe tailbacks Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones, who have yet to give the Hokies any real reason to pass.
BLACKSBURG - With lightweight Rutgers on the cargo dock Saturday at Lane Stadium, the load of being unbeaten and ranked No.3 in the country wasn't supposed to be so heavy for Virginia Tech's football team.
Well, the Hokies had to grunt, groan and sweat a little more than anyone could have figured.
Tech tailback Lee Suggs came up 26 yards short of setting the Tech single-game rushing record, churning out a career-high 197 yards, and Kevin Jones added 132 yards himself as the Hokies overcame three turnovers to beat Rutgers 35-14 in front of 64,907 fans on Homecoming at Lane Stadium.
hokiesports.com - Football
Blacksburg, VA - Lee Suggs turned in the sixth-best-ever rushing performance for third-ranked Virginia Tech, and the Hokies rolled up 342 rushing yards in overcoming pesky Rutgers, 35-14 before 64,097 fans in Lane Stadium. Suggs ran for 197 yards on 21 carries (9.4 yards per carry), tying Ken Edwards for the sixth-highest ever single-game rushing total in Virginia Tech history. Edwards rushed for 197 yards on 17 carries against Florida State in 1968. The Tech record is 223 yards by Kenny Lewis Sr. against VMI in 1978.
TechSideline.com: Virginia Tech 35, Rutgers 14
Last week's opponent West Virginia beat next week's opponent Syracuse 34-7
This was no contest. WVU jumped out to a 20-0 first half lead which could have been bigger expect for fumbles by the Mountaineers. The most striking thing that jumped out from that game was the Orange's inability to match up physically with West Virginia. Syracuse looked like a Terry Shea team trying to compete in the Big East. The Orangemen are now one game away from bowl elimination with both Tech and Miami still on the schedule.
In other Big East action:
Boston College beat Navy 46-21
CHESTNUT HILL, Massachusetts (Ticker) -- Brian St. Pierre threw three touchdown passes and Derrick Knight rushed for 138 yards and two scores, leading Boston College to a 46-21 victory over Navy.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Navy at Boston College Game Recap
Temple beat Connecticut 38-24
STORRS, CONNECTICUT (TICKER) -- Tanardo Sharps rushed for a career-high 223 yards and one touchdown as Temple defeated future Big East foe Connecticut, 38-24.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Temple at Connecticut Game Recap
In other games involving Rutgers opponents
Notre Dame defeated Air Force 21-14
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On yesterday's game:
It was a great game. At the onset of the game, I thought it was going to be
a slaughter. But Cubit was poised. This kid is coming up all right. Despite
an extremely weak O-line, he did a great job scrambling and finding the open
man. Our O-line sucked. Anyway, Orr had a breakthrough game, he had double
coverage all day and still was getting there. He needs to comeback next year
and will make it to the NFL as a free agent. Watch him in the next five
games. Rumors are that he will not be able to return next year because he
may not get the necessary credits to graduate. Our backs did a phenomenal
job also. Had our special team performed better (And remember they were
paired up vs. the best special team in the nation) we would have gotten
closer to Tech.
On Cubit, he was poised. Next year, with a little of help from a better
o-line, RU will have an acceptable offense with a above average offense in
2004. The running game was not there because our _line is too weak.
LJ Smith is having a hard time finding the ball because he got close
coverage all game.
Incidentally, the fans were scared during late in the third quarter-they
still remember the Temple game of a couple years ago.
From another fan who made it to Lane Stadium:
Now that I live in Virginia, I made the trip to Blacksburg for the game....I wasn't disappointed. It was a competitive game well into the fourth quarter. The comments and tone of the crowd changed throughout the game. I heard things like "we can't lose to Rutgers". I thought the kids played with a lot of heart and that it was a well coached game. Schiano played to win, not just be respectable (eg faking a field goal and getting the first down....also many creative plays). I am now convinced that this program is on track and that we will be highly competitive in the Big East.
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