After Big Win, Rutgers Focus On Fundmentals

An offense that struggled to score points all season finally exploded for 54 in a crucial road win at Pittsburgh. After reeling early, Rutgers has put together back-to-back wins against the Panthers and UCONN—two schools that figure to be in the hunt for the top spot in the Big East.

"Really a hard fought game on the road in Pittsburgh," head coach Greg Schiano said in Monday's Big East Teleconference. "I thought they played well, I thought our kids played well. It was very back and forth and we were fortunate to come out with the win."

"Saturday wasn't much different than the three previous weeks. Just a couple inches off here and there and all of a sudden we're hitting those balls and those big plays. But that's football, when you make those plays you win, and when you don't it's hard to win."

Mike Teel went from struggling quarterback to Big East Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 361 yards and a team record six touchdowns

"It was good to see Mike Teel named Offensive Player of the Week," Schiano said. "He's had some struggles early on in the season, but I thought he played excellent on Saturday."

Schiano on Teel's character: "Well he's a very persistant and determined guy, and he's the leader on this team. It could have been easy for him to throw in the towel, but I'm glad he didn't and that he had the performance that he did. We as a program and a team needed it, and I think Mike needed it. Certainly he's done it on the big stage before and I'm glad he did it again."

Kenny Britt had another big game with 143 yards receiving on just five catches with a career best three touchdowns. Tim Brown also showed what a big play threat he could be with 132 yards on four catches with two scores.

"This looked like the quarterback and receiving core that I saw in the spring," Schiano said. "Quite frankly, our defense had a tough time trying to stop those guys (during the spring) and I was shocked when we struggled in the beginning of the year. Hopefully this frees them up to play with some confidence, but with that we'll have to wait and see."

Schiano said the bye week will give his guys a week off to recuperate after a physical game and later in the week they will prepare for Syracuse after working on the fundamentals.

"Now we have a bye week so we'll practice a few times this week and try to get healed up as well," he said. "We'll work on some fundamental things and then prepare for Syracuse towards the end of the week."

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