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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Finally, mercifully, it's over. No, not the Big East losing streak. That's still very much intact. The same holds true for Rutgers' inept offensive play. Just the Knights' season, one of the worst in the program's 133-year history.
It's over and it ended the same way it began -- with an ugly, lopsided loss, this one a 44-14 drubbing that Boston College administered yesterday before a crowd of 33,786 at Alumni Stadium.
Rutgers goes back to the future after latest loss

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Despite the year-long problems Rutgers has had running the ball, the Knights managed to achieve an unusual feat during yesterday's 44-14 loss to Boston College when Jason Nugent became their third first-year player to top 100 yards in a game. Limited to three carries through the first 11 games because of fumbling problems, Nugent, a true freshman, rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries against the Eagles -- although 57 yards of those yards came on 12 fourth-quarter carries, with the game already decided.
Rutgers notebook: Nugent joins the century club

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Head down, in his quiet shuffle, Rutgers athletic director Bob Mulcahy moved through the visitors' locker room. Wherever Rutgers is postgame, at the Hale Center or in the bowels of some other more successful team's stadium, the Scarlet Knights' dressing area is invariably desolate, forbiddingly barren of any smiles. But Saturday, at Boston College after Rutgers' record-tying 11th loss, Mulcahy slowly worked his way through the bleakness. He put his hand out to every senior, offered a sad smile and a promise. "We'll get it done," he told the seniors, after they capped their college careers with a 44-14 loss.
NorthJersey.com - Rutgers

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- They turned the ball over five times, missed an 18-yard field goal, shanked two punts, botched one, left receivers wide open for touchdowns and saw the opposing offensive line open holes wide enough for the pep band to run through -- with tubas. The Rutgers University football team found a fitting way to put the cork in the bottle on a 1-11 season Saturday, coming up with football follies in all three phases of the game in a 44-14 loss to Boston College.
Rutgers ends 1-11 season with 44-14 loss to Boston College - Courier News

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Rutgers true freshman running back Jason Nugent got his first collegiate carry in the second quarter Saturday and finished with 106 yards on 26 carries, becoming the third 100-yard rusher for the Scarlet Knights this season. Over half of Nugent's yards came in the fourth quarter (12 carries for 57 yards) with the game well out of reach at 44-7. But the big, strong youngster from Brampton, Ontario, showed plenty of promise, particularly on the Scarlet Knights' final scoring drive when he carried the ball 11 times, capping it with a 2-yard touchdown run past BC linebacker Josh Ott.
Rutgers-Boston College football notebook - Courier News

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- True freshman Jason Nugent entered the season finale at Boston College with a collective collegiate experience of three carries for 19 yards, all of which came in the final minute of a 40-0 loss to West Virginia in the sixth game of the season.
But yesterday the running back carried the ball 26 times for 106 yards and a touchdown, providing a glimpse of hope for a running game that has been stuck in neutral since the fifth game of the season against Tennessee. Over the six games leading up to Boston College, Rutgers had managed just 113 yards rushing on 183 carries, and no individual back had run for more than 51 yards in a single contest.
The Trentonian

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- The first half had already seen five interceptions, two fumbles, two missed field goals and two shanked punts when Rutgers' Mike Barr stood at his 25-yard line preparing to let go his 91st punt of the season.
But according to form in a season that has unfolded as one extended nightmare for the Scarlet Knights, the snap from Chris Loomis went sailing over Barr's head. The 6-foot-3 senior was able to leap and get a hand on the ball, stopping it from carrying into the end zone. But Boston College recovered the mistake at the 20 and place-kicker Sandro Sciortino nailed a 37-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 13-point lead as the half expired.
The Trentonian

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Weekend Scoreboard

Miami crushed Syracuse 49-7

Ken Dorsey threw for 345 yards and two touchdown passes and Willis McGahee had two long scoring runs as the Hurricanes moved a step closer to the Fiesta Bowl with an easy 49-7 victory over Syracuse. Miami (11-0, 6-0 Big East) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 33 games and needs only to defeat Virginia Tech next Saturday to lock up a date with second-ranked Ohio State for the national title on January 3 in Tempe, Arizona.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Miami FL at Syracuse Game Recap

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West Virginia shocked Pittsburgh 24-17

PITTSBURGH (TICKER) -- West Virginia continued a remarkable turnaround that could send it to the Gator Bowl. Avon Cobourne set a single-season school rushing record as the 21st-ranked Mountaineers clinched second place in the Big East Conference with a 24-17 victory over Pittsburgh in the 95th renewal of the "Backyard Brawl." Already West Virginia's all-time leading rusher, Cobourne ran for 104 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries to raise his season total to 1,563. He broke Amos Zereoue's previous school mark of 1,559 yards set in 1997.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - West Virginia at Pittsburgh Game Recap

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Virginia Tech crushed Virginia 21-9

BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA (TICKER) -- Lee Suggs had a day to remember, and Virginia Tech was able to end a slide it would just as soon forget. Suggs ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns in his final collegiate home game and 19th-ranked Virginia Tech snapped a three-game losing streak with a 21-9 win over Virginia in the annual battle for the Commonwealth Cup. The Hokies (9-3) were in the middle of the national title chase before losing to Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia. Only a big game from Suggs kept Virginia Tech from its first-four game losing streak since 1992.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Virginia at Virginia Tech Game Recap

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Women's Basketball

Rutgers senior Mauri Horton saw what was happening and didn't like it. The Scarlet Knights had allowed Wagner to stay in the game for 11 minutes, and that was 11 minutes too long. So Horton, the captain, issued an order to sophomore Cappie Pondexter.
"My teammate here said I had to be more assertive," Pondexter said, motioning to Horton. Pondexter followed the directive and scored nine of her game-high 22 points in the final minutes of the first half, when Rutgers opened a 17-point lead en route to a 70-41 victory in the first round of the Rutgers Coca-Cola Classic at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Rutgers women's basketball: Knights' pressure cooks Wagner

From where June Olkowski stood on the visitors' bench, she had a clear view of her jersey. It was easy to spot. Only two players -- Olkowski, a 1982 graduate, and Sue Wicks, a 1988 graduate -- have had their numbers retired in the 29-year history of Rutgers women's basketball. Olkowski, now the coach at Northwestern, starred on the 1982 Rutgers team that won the AIAW national title. A Kodak All-America, she was the first woman in Rutgers history to have her jersey retired.
Rutgers women's notebook: Olkowski savors homecoming

PISCATAWAY -- Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer wants everyone to know she heard the criticism last year about her team not liking to play an up-tempo offense or in-your-face defense. "That's what I heard more often than anything last year," Stringer said Saturday "Coach doesn't like to run; coach doesn't like to press. And I thought, `That's the farthest thing from the truth.' We had seven players last year. But I love (that style). The players love it. They'll hit the floor and run the floor. It changes the tempo and forces teams to do things they never wanted to do."
Pondexter leads Scarlet Knights past Wagner in Coca-Cola Classic - Courier News


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