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SYRACUSE, N.Y. - If there was any uncertainty about which team was the Big East's worst before yesterday, there isn't now. It's Rutgers, and it's not even close. The panacea for all sickly Big East teams managed to provide a cure for everything that was ailing Syracuse, with the Orangemen rolling to their first league victory of the season in a 45-14 romp over Rutgers before a crowd of 37,158 at the Carrier Dome.
Cubit injured as Rutgers gets kicked around

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- First he played his Trump card -- when the offense found its gains measured in Cubit feet instead of big yards. Now Rutgers coach Greg Schiano apparently feels he has to have Hart. Welcome to the latest twist in the Knights' quarterback controversy after Schiano did something he vowed to resist this year by playing true freshman Ryan Hart for the first time, thus using up a precious year of eligibility for someone who has been labeled the program's quarterback of the future.
Rutgers: Schiano gambles with QB

SYRACUSE - We like to play on the road, the Scarlet Knights say. They've put together three of their best efforts on the road. We think we can play with anyone, the Scarlet Knights say. They've been surprisingly competitive with every nationally ranked opponent they've faced. We're making progress, the Scarlet Knights say.
Try again.
NorthJersey.com - Rutgers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Several times this season, the Rutgers football team has been close to its opponents early in the fourth quarter, only to let its chances for victory slip away. It happened to the Scarlet Knights again Saturday against a 1-6 Syracuse team when a blocked punt resulted in a touchdown with Rutgers trailing the Orangemen by 10 points in an eventual 45-14 loss.
Another bad fourth quarter, another bad loss for Scarlet Knights - Courier News

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- You could hear the collective sigh of relieve in the voices of the Syracuse Orangemen. They finally won a game yesterday, and it didn't matter one bit that their 45-14 victory over Rutgers came in a battle to stay out of the Big East basement.
The Trentonian

When all else fails, there's Rutgers to fix what ails you. The Syracuse University football awakened from its long, fall snooze, discovered that it can play good defense after all and crushed the Scarlet Knights 45-14 on Saturday before an announced crowd of 37,158 at the Carrier Dome.
Rutgers obliges as SU ends skid

Rutgers-Syracuse game recap - Courier News

 

Basketball

A big man has never been the centerpiece of the Rutgers men's basketball program. That may be about to change. Shagari Alleyne, a 7-foot-3 center at Rice High School in Manhattan, has narrowed his college choices to Rutgers and Kentucky, and will announce his decision Monday night at his school. According to two people close to Alleyne, he will choose Rutgers, unless he has a last-minute change of mind.
NorthJersey.com - Basketball

Rutgers notes


Women's Basketball

Look at Mauri Horton's sneakers. They're less than a week out of the box, still pristine white. No longer does Horton need to alter her sneakers, cutting them around the heel and adding pads for comfort. The sneakers are as good as new and Horton's feet are comfortable in them. Now, look at Horton run in those sneakers. She's cutting to the basket at a recent Rutgers women's basketball team practice, looking like the slasher she once was before bone spurs limited her to a slower, less-athletic shooter last season.
"This is the healthiest I've been in a while," Horton said last week. "I was never 100 percent because of my feet."
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Last week's opponent Virginia Tech defeated Temple 20-10

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Bryan Randall threw a 32-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the third quarter to lift No. 3 Virginia Tech past Temple 20-10 on Saturday. The Hokies (8-0, 3-0 Big East), whose offense has been dominated by tailbacks Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones, led 10-3 when Randall hit Doug Easlick over the middle as he crossed into the end zone. It was just the fifth touchdown pass of the season for Randall, who also threw two interceptions and fumbled once. Randall finished 13-of-20 for 146 yards.
ESPN.com - News Wire

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Next week's opponent Miami defeated West Virginia 40-23

The Mountaineers had ideas of a upset over the Hurricanes on the friendly turf of Morgantown. For a while they looked like they might pull it off. After the end of the third quarter the Hurricanes were hanging onto a 7 point lead and often found themselves getting stuffed on key plays.

The fourth quarter was all Miami though. Ken Dorsey finished the game as Miami's all time leading passer.

Recap

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In other Big East action:

Boston College lost to Pittsburgh 19-16

After leading most of the game the Pitt Panthers had to drive the length of the field and drill a 30 yard field goal in order to put this game into overtime.

In OT, Pitt hit the field goal and BC didn't.

Recap

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In other games involving Rutgers opponents

Notre Dame defeated Florida State 34-24

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Reputation restored. Respect regained. Carlyle Holiday threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns as No. 6 Notre Dame took its turnaround to a new plateau Saturday, beating No. 11 Florida State 34-24 to remain unbeaten and in the hunt for the national championship. Despite its best start since 1993 and three wins over ranked opponents, Notre Dame entered the game as a double-digit underdog. The Irish needed a win over perennial powerhouse Florida State to prove that their fast start was no mirage.
Notre Dame defeats Florida State

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Bulletin Boards

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Fan Feedback - The Syracuse game- Pro and Con

Pro

Mike, it is great to live in Dallas now. But wait 2 to 3 more years. You will see the fruit of all this effort. Keep your head up.

Con

I really question the offensive philosophy. We can not protect the passer but we continue to call straight drop back passes. Why don't we rollout and cut the DE during the full rollout? It is truly stupid to watch. Especially, the plays where we have all of the receivers going deep with no crossing passes and no outlet receiver – rb coming out of the backfield.

Now that we have burned Hart's redshirt the carousel of QB's can really begin. I really do not see the grand plan in playing him. Is Cubit injured and can not play the remainder of the season? This is a real joke. This is getting really hard to watch…
 

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