Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Sun Devils down Scarlet Knights 45-40
in the Insight Bowl

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An extremely entertaining game. Lots of scoring—by both sides. Lots of yards—by both sides. Rutgers played a great first half came out a little sluggish in the second half. They got yards on offense. Got a break on defense (fumble recovery). But could only get three field goals. Had to use up all their time-outs early in the half. The Knights fell behind. Got a little desperate. Finally got a TD with 2 minutes to go to get within 5 points but then didn’t get the on-sides kick that followed and Arizona State was able to run out the clock.

RU Senior QB Ryan Hart threw for a career high as did Arizona State’s red-shirt fresman QB Rudy Carpenter. It was a wild affair and, as I said earlier, extemely entertaining. As Mussburger said, it was like a tennis match and easch side had to try and hold serve.

In the second half, Rutgers had to settle for field goals too often (they had three in the second half) while ASU was scoring TDs.

Brian Leonard had over 100 all purpose yards in the first quarter but sort of disappeared after that as Ray Rice took over.

I kept wishing the RU defensive backs could make just one interception but then I would notice the size differential between the recievers and the DBs and knew it wasn't likely. Rudy Carpenter, the ASU QB, threw for NO, as in ZERO, interceptions this year.He didn't have enough game starts, until tonight, to be ranked in the NCAA stats. As soon as he threw his first pass (ASU's first play from scrimmage) he qualified as the No. 1 Ranked QB in college football. Boy did he qualify!

You can read the official Rutgers report here with all the game stats. Rutgers Edged by Arizona State in Insight Bowl, 45-40

Or the Newark Star Ledger’s stories here:Rutgers jumps into a shootout and nearly steals bowl victory

and here:Arizona St. blows Rutgers cover

The Daily Record reports here (in it’s somewhat negative fashion—as always):Rutgers overpowered by ASU

There’s this report from that starts
They closed the roof at the Insight Bowl on Tuesday night and an Arena Football League game broke out.

At least that's the way it seemed as the teams mowed up and down the field for 1,210 yards, a record for any bowl game, before Arizona State escaped with a 45-40 victory over Rutgers.

The rest is here.

And finally there is this report from ABC News/ESPN: ASU Tops Rutgers in Wild Insight Bowl

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