Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Congratulations to the Kemoko Dragon

Kemoko Turay was named today to the Football Writers' Association of America 14th Annual Freshman All-America Team.

We can't wait to see what he will do for the Knights as a sophomore starting on September 5th.

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Rutgers Championship!

The football team may not be playing in the National Championship game between Ohio State and Oregon going on in Texas right now, but someone from Rutgers is going to Disney World.

The Rutgers Cheer and Dance team just won the "Cheer On Your Disney Side" contest being run by ESPN and Disney tonight, beating out the other finalists Auburn, LSU, and Santa Monica. The program wins a hundred thousand dollar grant and a trip to Disney World. The past few weeks have been rough for the SEC.

Monday, December 29, 2014


I can't believe that it's been eight years since we traveled to Houston for Rutgers' first bowl victory over Kansas State in the Texas Bowl. It's fresh in my mind tonight as I'm watching Arkansas and Texas play this year's installment at Reliant Stadium.

Here's the Houston Chronicle I picked up at the airport the morning after:

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Kyle Flood's Post-Bowl Press Conference

This is what a happy coach looks like:

And here are a very happy Chris Carlin and Ray Lucas summarizing the 40-21 win over the Tar Heels:

"You could put that in your pipe and smoke it." --Ray Lucas sums up Rutgers Football's 8-win first B1G season in 2014.

Friday, December 26, 2014


If you want to know what that means, you'll have to ask ESPN:
Despite the third-string ESPN announcers and the mostly empty Ford Field (why wouldn't people want to travel to Detroit on Christmas?), the Scarlet Knights had a great 40-21 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels today. The game wasn't as close as the score would lead you to believe, with Rutgers dominating on both sides of the ball for almost all game until late in the fourth quarter when UNC recovered two onside kicks and made things look interesting for a few minutes.

Freshman running backs Josh Hicks (202 yards, 1 TD) and Robert Martin (100 yards, 2 TD) made 2015 look very bright, but 2014 -- finishing at 8-5 with a convincing bowl win against an ACC opponent -- didn't look too bad either.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rutgers' Mount Rushmore

The Big Ten Network announced the results of their contest for the Mount Rushmore of Rutgers football. No current players were eligible (sorry Kemoko) and no coaches (sorry Schiano),

The winners of the vote were from four different eras and matched my choices.

  • Paul Robeson (1915-1919)
  • Bill Austin (1956-1958)
  • Marco Battaglia (1992-1995)
  • Brian Leonard (2003-2006)

Did you choose different players from the 10 that BTN suggested? Honestly, I feel that only Paul Robeson is undebatable.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Once again, no one named "Rutger" is associated with Rutgers...

... so the correct possessive form of our university's name should therefore be Rutgers', not Rutger's.
But congratulations to Rutgers' Gary Nova anyway for winning this week's Manning Award Quarterback of the Week honor from the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook page.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Sincerest Form of Flattery?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Video Highlights of Yesterday's Maryland Game

You won't see many defensive highlights here until the very end of the video, but there are a lot of explosive offensive plays starring Nova, Carroo, Grant, Patton, Martin, and Hicks.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Exceeding Expectations

This is not where Maryland and Rutgers were expected to end up in the Big Ten pecking order at the end of this, their inaugural season:

Maryland Chopped

If you missed today's Maryland game, be sure to look for the replay on BTN, or find someone who has it on their DVR, or at least watch the highlights online.
The Rutgers (lack of) defense was painful to watch in the first half, but the offense was steady throughout and Gary Nova acquitted himself excellently in his last regular season game as a Scarlet Knight. The comeback from 25 points down at 35-10 to win by 41-38 was impressive and historic and the perfect way to end this inaugural Big Ten season.
It's also not a bad way to begin a rivalry with an I-95 neighbor.
Or to silence all the negative nellies on Twitter.

Someone should get a game ball for whatever was said to the defense during halftime.