Saturday, November 8, 2008

Rutgers was just better than Syracuse

The Rutgers football program’s recent dominance over the Syracuse Orange continued today in Piscataway, with the Scarlet Knights following the same script as the 2007 game at the Carrier Dome.

RU (4-5, 3-2 in the Big East) won its fourth straight game over the Orange, falling behind 14-0 for the second year in a row after an 82-yard touchdown run by Doug Hogue and a blocked punt that resulted in a Syracuse (2-7, 1-4 in the Big East) score.

The stars of the day for Rutgers, which kept its bowl hopes alive with the win, were wide receiver Kenny Britt, running back Kordell Young and defensive end Jamal Westerman.

Britt posted his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season, compiling 107 yards and a touchdown. Young, who has battled injuries, ran for 143 yards and a score. Westerman had two of Rutgers’ five sacks and moved into a tie for third all-time on the RU career sacks list.

The Scarlet Knights even showed a bit of the “Wildcat” formation that has caught on substantially at the college level following the Miami Dolphins’ utilization of Ronnie Brown at the quarterback spot.

A little over midway through the third quarter, red-shirt freshman running back Joe Martinek took the snap and bolted 45 yards down the left side of the field for a touchdown that put Rutgers up 28-14.

Quarterback Mike Teel ended the day with 276 yards passing and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood has his first two touchdown receptions of the year.

RU’s defense held Syracuse’s two quarterbacks (Cam Dantley and Andrew Robinson) to 5-of-19 for 35 yards through the air.

The Scarlet Knights travel to Tampa, FL next Saturday to take on a struggling yet dangerous South Florida squad. Kickoff is set for noon.

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