Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Cincinnati Bearcats Maul RU 30-11

And it wasn’t that close.

I have hesitated to write anything about the disappointing but well deserved loss to Cincinnati.

Thus ends RU’s perfect season. The RU defense turned short CU passes into very long gains and allowed the Bearcats to get out to a large early lead that forced the Scarlet Knights to come from behind using their passing game. The Bearcats accumulated 402 yards of net offense: 125 yards on the ground and 277 in the air.

Mike Teel’s arm was not up to it. He threw four interceptions; one of which was returned for a TD. They more than made up for the three fumbles the Bearcats lost to the Knights.

With the loss, Rutgers slid from No. 6 to No. 15. Their record is now 9-1 overall, and 4-1 in the Big East.

The Scarlet Knights retain a share of the Big East lead with both Louisville and West Virginia. All three teams have identical records. Louisville has games remaining at Pittsburgh and at home vs. UConn. The WVU Mountaineers have home games against Southern Florida and Rutgers. Rutgers faces Syracuse at home and then goes to Morgantown for the finale against the Mountaineers.

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