In the latest installment of Dr. Jeckyll and Colonel Rutgers, it was Colonel Rutgers who showed up for three quarters at Rutgers Stadium, scaring the living daylights out of the Miami Hurricanes.
Larry Coker and his Canes saw their national championship dreams going up in smoke to a Rutgers team, not only bent on upsetting, but actually beating the number one team in the nation for three out of four quarters.
Consider: Miami was forced to punt in four of four possessions in the third quarter. Overall, the canes converted on only 2 of 15 third down attempts. A questionable call near the end of the first half nullified an interceptions and touchdown return by Nate Jones which would have put the Knights up 24-8.
Put simply, Rutgers was taking it to the number one ranked Hurricanes.
Then came the dread fourth quarter.
With Rutgers leading Miami 17-14 the Hurricanes reeled off four straight scores to end the Rutgers threat.
That was the story.
For the third time this year Rutgers took a perennial power into the fourth quarter, only to fold late in the game.
Still, Rutgers fans have to be happy. Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Miami and Notre Dame were Rutgers version of the fearsome foursome for this season. Those were the teams that Rutgers fans feared. Blowouts at the hands of all four could have spelled disaster for recruiting.
But it wasn't Rutgers fans who had to worry. Three quarters of the way through the "fearsome foursome", it is the fearsome who had to do the "fearing" and not the Knights.
Rutgers won't go to a bowl this year and they have to find a cure for their inconsistency. But nonetheless Rutgers is showing itself to be light years past the Terry Shea era.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) For three quarters, Rutgers looked poised to pull off a major upset against Miami. Ken Dorsey made sure that didn't happen. Despite injuring his non-throwing hand, Dorsey completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson early in the fourth quarter, then added a 1-yard TD pass to Kellen Winslow to help the top-ranked Hurricanes rally for a 42-17 victory Saturday.
CBS.SportsLine.com - No. 1 Miami 42, Rutgers 17
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