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2010 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
All game summaries for the 2010 Scarlet Knights can be found here.
Scarlet Knights Battle for an Exciting Week 1 Win
The Rutgers D thought they may be in for a long day after UTEP won the toss and proceeded to drive the ball all the way up the field at will. Luckily, the defense tightened up in the redzone, holding UTEP to a missed FG attempt.
On the second play of the Scarlet Knight's first drive, HB Joe Martinek had a beautiful 74 yard touchdown run off of a counter. The crowd erupted. UTEP responded right back with a score of their own, but their kicking problems continued as they missed the extra point.
Following the success of the run, QB Tom Savage hit WR Mark Harrison on a wide open post route from a play action pass. Harrision took it all the way for another exciting 67 yard touchdown. After UTEP turned the ball over on the next drive, ending in another Tom Savage 35 yard TD pass to WR Keith Stroud, they seemed to lose any will to come back.
Tom Savage had 140 yds passing on 4/8 attempts, with 2 TDs and 1 INT.
Joe Martinek had a huge day rusing, with 170 yds on 13 attempts and 1 TD.
There is a lot of anticipation going in to week 2 against coach MaslerBoros and the Michigan State Spartans. It will no doubt be a closely fought match, and maybe a rivalry that can extend into the future.
The Scarlet Knights escape Michigan State with a Win
Confidence from the Scarlet Knights' first win carried over into game two, as they faced a fierce opponent in Michigan State. It was the type of game every coach dreams for his team to have on the road, one with no mistakes. With no turnovers by either side in the game, it came down to offensive power.
Rutgers got the ball to start the game, and marched right down the field to the 1 yard line. There they would be stopped, and would have to be satisfied with a FG with the smell of the endzone right under this noses.
On the Scarlet Knights' second offensive drive, Tom Savage threw a beautiful pass to Mo Sanu on a fade route for a 58 yard touchdown. Feeling the heat, Michigan State produced a touchdown of their own on the very next drive, a nice 30 yard run by FB Nick Bendzuck. Rutgers proceeded to trade a FG for a another Michigan State touchdown before the half ended. It was a tight game at 13-14.
The third quarter was all Scarlet Knights, putting up two TDs to which Michigan State could not respond. Going into the 4th it was 27-14 Rutgers. The defense managed to grind down and give up no points in the 4th quarter. The offense ran the clock out with running plays and got one more FG, resulting in a final score of 30-14 Rutgers. Fans are ecstatic, but the coach remains poised and reminds everyone that in college football, it is best to take things 1 week at a time.
Scarlet Knights Can't Pull Out Win at Home
The Scarlet Knights could not keep the dream alive in week 4 against opponent North Carolina. The Tarheels came into Piscataway ranked #20 (with a win over LSU and a loss in OT to Georgia Tech), and heavily favored.
UNC would receive the ball first, and didn't take long to score on a 70 yard run from HB Shaun Draughn. The Scarlet Knights answered right back with a TD off their own; Tom Savage found a wide open Keith Stroud for a 63 yard TD pass. The Tarheels managed to put up 10 more points before the half was out, leaving the score 7-17 at halftime.
Joe Martinek went down in the second half with an injury that would put him out for the game. Mason Robinson came in to replace him and drove Rutgers down the field to tighten up the score 14-17 early in the 4th quarter. UNC responded quickly with a field goal.
Robinson and Savage carried the offense again, marching all the way down the field with time ticking away in the 4th quarter. After a quick 3 and out, with only 12 yards to go for a game winning TD, the pressure was on sophomore QB Tom Savage. This would be the last play of the drive, as the clock ticked down from :30 and the Scarlet Knights were out of time outs. Savage hikes the ball, and immediately sees Jefferson the TE break open. A quick pump fake, and...release...the D bats it down!
The UNC bench explodes and Savage returns to the sidelines disheartened. The whole team is in disbelief. The Tarheel offense returns to the field for a victory QB kneel. Rutgers lose this one 14-20, and can only hope for improvement in the challenging weeks to come.
Scarlet Knights Take Out Frustrations on Vanderbilt
After suffering a frustrating loss in week 4 to UNC, coach Fuzzy said his team would not hold anything back on this road game. Rutgers came out firing on all cylinders as Joe Martineck exploded out of the backfield for a 66 yard TD run on the Scarlet Knights' first drive. The torrent of points would continue, leaving the Commodores scratching their heads at a 41-7 loss.
After such a big win, Rutgers fans everywhere are pumped for an exciting rivalry match against Connecticut next week.
Rutgers Shut Out Rival UConn on Home Turf
The Scarlet Knights couldn't have asked for a better start to conference play in a huge win over the Huskies. The new defensive scheme coach Fuzzy has implemented really seems to be clicking, as Rutgers managed their first shut out of the season.
Tom Savage had a very quiet day: 5/9 102 YDs 1 TD 0 INTs
Most of the offense came from the ground game.
Rutgers Overpower Northwestern in Week 7
There were a lot of nervous expectations for Rutgers fans everywhere going into week 7 and facing an undefeated opponent in Northwestern. The first game of the season against a ranked opponent(UNC) did not go well, so the Scarlet Knights were more focused than ever against the #18 Wildcats.
The first quarter of the game started at a slow pace, with Northwestern putting up the only score, a 1 yard TD run by Arby Fields. The Scarlet Knights caught up in the second quarter, putting together a successful drive which led to a short yardage TD run for Joe Martinek. Northwestern was held to a FG on their next drive, and they were in for a nasty surprise on the proceeding kick-off. The speedy CB David Rowe ran the kick back 97 yards for an explosive TD (See the video in dynasty wire).
Going into the third quarter, it was 14-10 Rutgers. Northwestern sputtered on offense, amounting 0 points in the third. On the only scoring drive, Tom Savage hit Mark Harrison for an amazing 28 yard TD pass on a post route. It was pure luck as Savage took a big hit while throwing the ball, resulting in a floater which Harrison seemed to jump 10 feet in the air to catch (See the video in dynasty wire).
The Scarlet Knights felt confident going into the 4th, leading 21-10. They would tack on 10 more points early, making it 31-10. Northwestern responded and made it a bit closer at 31-17. The onside kick failed, and the backup HB Mason Robinson managed a 32 yard TD run while Rutgers were trying to run the clock out. The score remained 38-17 as time expired and everyone celebrated. Coach Fuzzy says the celebrations won't last for long, as it will be time to tighten up for an intense conference game against #22 Pittsburgh in week 8.
*Good game Kzoo, I definitely got lucky on a couple of big plays that but this one a bit out of reach.
Rutgers Manage a Win Over Pitt
The Scarlet Knights knew it would be a tough battle, as they traveled into Pittsburgh to face the #19 Panthers in week 8. Pittsburgh would receive the ball first, and proceed to turn the ball over rather quickly. Bostick made a bad read, and threw it to his TE on a slant route who was covered by the senior SS Joe Lefeged. Lefeged jumped the pass and ran it back for a 23 yard TD; 7-0 Rutgers.
The Panthers would not go down that easy, as they drove down the field on the next drive and put up 7. The Scarlet Knights stalled and had to punt, and the defense gave up another TD in the second quarter. Down 14-7 before the half, Rutgers drove the ball down the field and managed to score on a 23 yard TD run by Joe Martinek.
Going into the second half it was all tied up at 14-14. Joe Martinek busted off yet another big run for a TD, this time a 57 yarder. The Panthers would again respond with a 40 yard passing TD of their own. Going into the 4th it was 21-21. The fourth quarter was all defense, with both teams having to punt the ball on every drive. Finally, things clicked for the Scarlet Knights with a couple minutes left on the clock. First down after first down, the Knights got close enough for a successful 30 yard field goal to push them ahead for the win as time expired. Rutgers win over Pitt 24-21. Joe Martinek had a HUGE day as seen in the stats below. The Scarlet Knights look to rest up next week (BYE) as they prepare for what it sure to be an explosive Big East match-up against coach Rice and the USF Bulls in week 10.
Rutgers Escape Tampa With a Thrilling Finish
The Scarlet Knights traveled down south to a hostile and rainy environment in Tampa. It was a game that was sure to hold Big East title hopes, and one that wouldn't be decided until the last seconds.
Surprisingly enough, most of the scoring occurred in the second quarter after a defensive stand off in the first quarter. Rutgers would strike first, then quickly score again to go up 14-0. USF quickly responded with a TD drive of their own. Tom Savage was a bit over-confident in one of his throws on the next drive, resulting in a pick 6. What was once a 14-0 game became a 14-14 game very quickly.
The explosive kick returner David Rowe switched the field on the next kick-off, blasting by the USF special teams unit for a 90 yard return. 21-14 Rutgers. The Bulls managed to respond with a field goal before the half expired. 21-17 Rutgers.
The third quarter was once again all about defensive stops. USF put the only points on the board with a 21 yard TD pass. It was 21-24 Rutgers going into the 4h. USF put together another successful drive which ended in a FG. With roughly 3 and a half minutes on the board in the 4th, and down by 6, the Scarlet Knight offense knew what they had to do.
Tom Savage has so far had a horrible day, going roughly 33% on his completions for 66 yards and throwing his second interception of the season. Coach Fuzzy decided to gamble and run the clock with a slew of running plays. Martinek and Robinson ran all over the tired Bull defense, slowly draining the clock and getting ever closer to the end zone. With :15 seconds left on the clock, Joe Martinek ran in a 8 yard TD putting the Scarlet Knights up 1 point 28-27. From that point on it was prevent defense, and had USF had 1 more time out they would have surely had a FG.
GG Rice, that was the most intense user game so far. It was a lot of fun, looking forward to playing this game next year in Piscataway.
Rutgers Take Syracuse to The Woodshed
Coach Fuzzy knew his team was heavily favored going into this week, but he still had to make sure the team didn't loose focus. They didn't. Scarlet Knight fans were thrilled to see a 38-10 victory where points came effortlessly. Tom Savage had a quiet day with 100 yards passing on 7 of 11 attempts and 1 TD. Martinek had yet another 100+ yard rushing game.
Scarlet Knights Continue to Cruise in Conference Play
Coach Fuzzy is continually impressed with his defense, as they managed to hold the explosive Cincinnati offense to 10 total points. Martinek didn't have a great day, but Tom Savage did. It was an efficient day passing as Savage completed 12 of 22 attempts for 260 yds and 2 TDs with 0 INTs.
Anticipation is starting to grow as the season ending draws closer. Rutgers are two more game away from being crowned conference champs.
Rutgers Defense Flexes Muscle
Nearing an end to a season that would make any coach proud, the Scarlet Knights continue to shine in a 27-7 win over Louisville. It was an inspired effort by both the offense and defense, with big plays coming from both sides. Coach Fuzzy and the Scarlet Knights have to remained focused for the deciding Big East title game against West Virginia in week 14.
2010 Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Your Big East Champions!!
Coach Fuzzy finishes season play 11-1 during his first year at head coach, with a big win over #11 West Virginia. Scarlet Knight fans are ecstatic, as they haven't witnessed this many Rutger wins since the cinderella season of '06.
Has as been the story all year, the Scarlet Knight defense tore up WVU early in the game. The Mountaineer spread attack was no match for coach Fuzzy's seasoned 3-4 defensive scheme. On the other side of the ball, Martinek had one of his best games all year going 177 yards on just 23 attempts (1 TD). He will be nominated for The Rise MVP for sure.
The Scarlet Knights look to remain focused as they are projected to play against #4 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. It will definitely be the most challenging game of the year. Stay tuned for year-end stats.
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