October 13, 2012

NCAA Football: Rutgers (19/20) Routs The Syracuse Orange 25-13 To Remain Unbeaten


Rutgers linebacker Jamal Merrell (37) blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt, as a Syracuse Orange lineman grabbed him in the balls! I hope that Jamal got the game ball after that play, which resulted in a Rutgers touchdown.


Piscataway, New Jersey -- The Rutgers University Scarlet Knights continued their winning ways on Saturday, as they defeated the Syracuse Orange 23-15 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. Rutgers improved to 6-0 with their win, and the Syracuse Orange are 2-4.

Rutgers used their smothering defense, and sharp special teams unit, to keep the Orange out of the end zone. Linebacker Khaseem Greene had 14 tackles, forced 3 fumbles, intercepted a pass, and had 1 ½ sacks, in a stellar performance on the gridiron.

Rutgers Linebacker Jamal Merrell blocked a 32-yard yard field goal attempt by Orange kicker Ross Krautman, which resulted in a Scarlet Knight touchdown. I hope that Jamal Merrell got the game ball, because he deserved it considering that a Syracuse lineman grabbed him in the balls, and he still managed to block the field goal.


Rutgers played in the first college football game ever played, and is 6-0 for just the fifth time in their 143 year history of playing the game.

The game report at scarletknights.com notes:
With the victory, the Scarlet Knights improve to 6-0 for only the fifth time in the history of the program. Flood is the first head coach to guide the program to a 6-0 start in his first season. The win also makes RU bowl eligible for the seventh time in the past eight seasons.

Sophomore quarterback Gary Nova (Elmwood Park, N.J.) turned in a solid performance through the air, throwing for 152 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-23 passing. Redshirt freshman Brandon Coleman (Accokeek, Md.) hauled in six catches for 104 yards, as the wide out eclipsed the 100-yard mark for only the second time in his career. Sophomore running back Jawan Jamison (Stark, Fla.) ran for 68 yards on 28 carries and scored his third touchdown of the season.

Senior cornerback Brandon Jones (Sicklerville, N.J.) iced the victory with an interception deep in SU territory at the 2:45 mark — the fourth RU takeaway of the contest.

“If you win the turnover margin you have a great opportunity to win,” Flood said. “The more you win the turnover margin, the more opportunities you’re going to have to win football games. It’s one of those statistics that has been proven over time to win football games.”
The Scarlet Knights travel to Philadelphia to face the Temple Owls next Saturday.

It’s still a storybook season "on the banks" for the Scarlet Knights this year, and I’m loving it.

R.U. Rah Rah  R.U. Rah Rah  Hoo Rah Hoo Rah  Rutgers Rah!



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