Saturday, September 16, 2006

Scarlet Knights Improve to 3-0
Down Ohio 24-7 with Strong Defense

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The Scarlet Knights’ defensive unit provided field position to the offense and put points on the board as well—all in the first half. Two first half interceptions set RU up on the Ohio’s 31 and 38 yard lines. Brando Renkart fell on an Ohio fumble for a TD to put RU up 23-7 and Jeremy Ito’s extra point ended the scoring with 46 seconds remaining in the first half.

The RU defense then went out in the second half and shut down Ohio University completely.

Ohio was held to just 98 net yards in the game and committed 4 turnovers.

RU had 300 yards net offense and committed 3 turnovers, all interceptions thrown my Mike Teel.

Ray Rice ran for 190 yards and two TDs on 29 carries. It marks the fifth consecutive game Rice has run for over 100 yards.

The Knights’ punter, Joe Radigan had another great game. Called upon to punt four times, he kicked for more than 50 yards twice with the longest going 66 yards. He placed two punts inside the 20 and had a total of 199 yards on his four kicks.

Jeremy Ito succeeded on his three extra point attempts and his only field goal attempt at 29 yards.

Rutgers’ record is now 3-0. They next play at home against Howard University next Saturday at 2:00 PM.

Rah! Rah!
Rutgers Rah!

(Game Story and stats here.)

One disturbing note to this game (and the previous two) is Rutgers’ inability to come out in the second half and be any kind of force offensively. They have scored few points after the intermission and this will hurt them in the future if they can’t get untracked. Also note that Brian Leonard, touted as a Heisman candidate at the start of the season, has not performed to the level expected. Yeah, he’s been doing some great blocking for Ray Rice, opening some holes a Mack truck could move through, but he needs to become more of an alternative weapon.

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