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BRONX — Kyle Flood repeatedly gave midseason reminders of the Rutgers football team’s abundant youth when answering to a string of blowout losses.As fans grew restless, injuries and inexperience were among few explanations for the downward plunge of a program once seen on the upswing in pursuit of an elusive BCS bowl berth.
It was supposed to be the year the Rutgers men’s soccer team made a triumphant return to the NCAA Tournament. It was supposed to be a redemption season for two key Scarlet Knights who sat out most of 2012 with hip injuries. Instead Rutgers endured another transition season following a detrimental midseason hamstring injury to senior forward Kene Eze.
For the second time this season, junior wing Betnijah Laney made the AAC Weekly Honor Roll. Laney garnered the honor yesterday following her third double-double of the season Wednesday at Davidson. She tallied season highs with 15 points and 54.5 percent shooting from the field.
All things considered, few could have guessed before the season that Dec. 28 would mark déjà vu for senior quarterback Chas Dodd. But it will. Not long after its 31-6 win over South Florida on Saturday night, the Rutgers football team received an invitation to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Entering last night’s contest at Davidson, N.C., the Rutgers women’s basketball team knew the Wildcats live and die by 3-point shooting. During the week, the Scarlet Knights emphasized half-court pressure defense. Guard Laura Murray and forward Hannah Early account for nearly 50 percent of Davidson’s high-volume scoring with 35 threes on the season.
For as close as the Rutgers women’s basketball team came to vindicating its season’s hot start with a win over now-No. 13 LSU last Friday in Brooklyn, it troubled head coach C. Vivian Stringer. The Scarlet Knights committed a season-high 29 turnovers, which the Tigers turned into 31 pivotal points in their 69-65 win. “At the end of the day we were mentally not there because we were excited, nervous, somewhat intimidated,” Stringer said.
Senior nose tackle Isaac Holmes never thought it would come to this, but a harsh reality has crept up on him. The Rutgers football team, once 4-1 and seeking a BCS bowl, has slipped to 5-6 with only one regular season game remaining. Another loss keeps the Scarlet Knights from bowl eligibility and ends their season about a month earlier than expected.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — An ineligible receiver downfield negated senior holder J.T. Tartacoff’s first-career touchdown pass Nov. 29, 2012 against Louisville. Nearly a year to the day Saturday at Connecticut, Tartacoff finally secured a score, giving him more than senior quarterback Chas Dodd has this season.
When junior wing Betnijah Laney went down Nov. 17 with a high-ankle sprain, it was easy to write off the Rutgers women’s basketball team. In recent years, injuries to former key post players such as Monique Oliver and Chelsey Lee significantly hindered the Scarlet Knights. But head coach C. Vivian Stringer asserted before the season this team has a different feel.
On countless trips down the floor of the Louis Brown Athletic Center on Friday night, Howard knew exactly where the Rutgers women’s basketball team was going with the ball. And the Bison could do nothing to stop it. Sophomore forward Rachel Hollivay imposed her 6-foot-4 frame through undersized double and triple teams to set career highs with 26 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.
After reviewing film Friday of junior quarterback Gary Nova’s performance Thursday night at Central Florida, Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood had little new to report. The coaching staff had yet to decide how it would divvy reps this week in practice between Nova and senior Chas Dodd, or if a competition would even take place. Flood also would not commit to Nova for the Knights’ final two regular season games.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team nearly pulled off a 13-point second-half comeback at Massachusetts Wednesday night, but the Scarlet Knights have some issues to resolve. Rutgers (3-1) recorded a season-low in rebounds (33) against the Minutewomen and have regressed the last two games in points in the paint.
Reeling from a 35-point home loss Saturday and recent off-field distractions, the Rutgers football team must respond quickly in a short game week tonight in Orlando. Here are four keys to victory for the Scarlet Knights against No. 18 Central Florida.
Playing for the first time without junior forward Betnijah Laney, who left Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle, the Rutgers women’s basketball team ended its three-game winning streak to begin the year. Massachusetts snapped it in last night’s 64-63 Scarlet Knights loss in Amherst, Mass.
Every offseason signals change, but entering next year the Rutgers men’s soccer team must contend with the loss of its longtime offensive leader. Senior forward Kene Eze, who led or tied the team lead in goals in each of his three seasons with the Scarlet Knights after transferring from Williams Paterson, is leaving the program.
As stunned members of the Rutgers men’s soccer team reluctantly inched off the Toyota Stadium turf in Frisco, Tex., last Friday night, it was not because they had something left to prove. Following what senior forward Kene Eze called a “heartbreaking” double-overtime to South Florida in the semifinals of the AAC Tournament, the Scarlet Knights gave everything they had.
Freshman goalkeeper David Greczek could do nothing but lie on his back on the Toyota Stadium turf, staring into the Frisco, Tex. sky Friday night with his hands and legs sprawled. He was shell-shocked. Despite Greczek’s career-high 12 saves, the Rutgers men’s soccer team’s run in the AAC Tournament ended with a 2-1 double-overtime semifinal loss to South Florida.
With 15 minutes left in the second half yesterday, the Louis Brown Athletic Center went silent. Junior forward Betnijah Laney took a hard fall on the baseline and lay in agony with her right knee buckled. As trainers helped her off the court, she was unable to put pressure on her right foot and did not return.
Immediately after the Rutgers football team’s second 35-point home loss in three weeks Saturday, concerns arose about the Scarlet Knights’ focus in the wake of another athletics scandal. Former cornerback Jevon Tyree, who quit the team Nov. 6, alleged Friday that defensive coordinator Dave Cohen bullied and verbally abused him during a spring study hall session, according to an NJ.com report.
Leonte Carroo is accomplishing things almost unheard of for a first-year wide receiver. The sophomore, who exclusively played special teams last season, leads the Rutgers football team in every major receiving category. Carroo’s big plays — eight of his nine touchdowns have come in the fourth quarter or overtime — dazzle the fans and many of his teammates.