Saturday, November 25, 2006

Knights Squeeze Orange 38-7

And it wasn’t that close.

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In their final home game of the season, Rutgers honored their seniors players and fifth-year senior Brian Leonard repaid the compliments—in spades.

Rebounding from a dissapointing road loss to Cincinnati, the Scarlet Knights came out today and ran the ball down the throats of the Syracuse Orange. Leonard who has been unspectacular as a ball carrier this year but has shined as a blocker for Ray Rice, final came out of wraps to rush for 106 yards and two TDs while blocking well enough for Rice to gain 107 yards and score one TD of his own.

The two touchdowns give Leonard 266 points for his career a new Rutgers record. The former record was held by kicker Kennan Starzell who played with the 1976-1979 squads.

Meanwhile, Mike Teel completed 10 of 15 passes for 146 yards and two TDs, both to Kenny Britt. It was only the second time this season that Teel had thrown for two touchdowns in a game.

Jeremy Ito completed the scoring with a 32-yard field goal.

On defense, Courtney Greene had an interception and forced a Syracuse fumble. The RU defense managed to keep the Orange off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter.

(Game Story and stats here.)

Rutgers is now 10-1, 5-1 in the Big East, while Syracuse falls to 4-8, 1-5 in Big East play.

Rutgers travels to West Virginia to face the Mountaineers next Saturday.

The No. 7 West Virginia Mountaineers were stunned by South Florida this afternoon 24-19. The loss ended a West Virginia nine game home field winning streak and the WVU squad which fell to 9-2 (4-2 Big East) may have seen their hopes for a BCS bowl game disappear.

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