Hell's Kitchen

What a surprise. Connecticut is No. 1 in the polls. The only real surprise in the top part of the polls is that the Huskies did not get every single vote in the Associated Press poll (Stanford got one).

Tight end Shamar Graves emerged as a safety blanket late last
season with 227 yards and three touchdowns.


Trailing Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1) 20-7 with just over one minute to play in the game, West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart's Mountaineers (6-3, 3-1) decided to finally start playing like the 25th best team in the nation.

Junior Emma Chrystal, a native of Kalamazoo, Mich., recorded
double-digit kills in the Scarlet Knights' 3-2 comeback win over
Princeton at the Delaware Invitational.

Knights swept in six straight sets at home

After coming off their first conference win of the season against West Virginia last weekend, the Rutgers volleyball team was unable to duplicate the results in two chances this weekend at home against DePaul and Notre Dame.


Young earns conference weekly honor

After a career best 143 rushing yards in Saturday's 35-17 win over Syracuse, Rutgers running back Kordell Young earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career.


The Rutgers Roadblock

The performance put on by the Rutgers football team's defense against Syracuse was far and away their best all-around showing of the season.


Two freshmen get start in exhibition

Fans didn't have to wait long to see that highly acclaimed recruiting class. Freshmen Mike Rosario and Gregory Echenique got the start for the Rutgers men's basketball team, and Rosario drew the biggest ovation of the night when his name was announced as part of the starting lineup.

Former Rutgers wide receiver Kenny Britt is projected as a late
first round or early second round pick on draft expert Mike
Mayock's board after leaving the Knights as a junior.


The Rutgers football team trailed Syracuse 14-0 last year too. The Scarlet Knights then put the game on the shoulders of Ray Rice who ran for 196 yards and three touchdowns in the Knights' eventual win.


Knight Notebook

The Rutgers football team took full advantage of Syracuse's weak secondary to put their entire armory on display in their second straight offensive outburst.


Students should be ashamed for embarassing turnout

I guess the light, steady rain falling from the skies over Rutgers Stadium was a little too much to weather. The cloudy skies must have been too frightening for students to head into the bleachers and support a team that just won back-to-back games and is trying to make a run to the postseason.

Sophomore Caitlin Saxton and the rest of the Rutgers volleyball
team will look to build off of their win over West Virginia last
week when they take on DePaul at the Barn tonight. Last week's win
was the first for the Scarlet Knights since early in'September.

Knights carry confidence into weekend

After picking up their first conference victory against West Virginia on Sunday, the Scarlet Knights look to duplicate the results this weekend as they take on conference rivals DePaul and Notre Dame at home on the Banks.


Presidential swap marks new era for RU athletics

Congratulations to Barack Obama on becoming the president-elect. It truly is a remarkable moment for this country and one that some thought would never come. It is even more unexpected than a Phillies World Championship, but less so than the Red Sox winning it all — no one saw that coming.

Tight end Shamar Graves emerged as a safety blanket late last
season with 227 yards and three touchdowns.


The Rutgers football team has not broken a long kick return all season. The closest that the Scarlet Knights had to that explosive return came against Fresno State, but Dennis Campbell's touchdown return was called back for holding.

After being named as an honorable mention to the preseason
All-American list, Rutgers guard Epiphanny Prince led the team
Tuesday in scoring, assists, steals and minutes played.

Freshmen, depth stand out in first exhibition

Sure it was an exhibition. And yes, Operation Athlete is going to be nothing like the Operation California trip in a few weeks, but the fact remains that the Rutgers women's basketball team scored broke 100 points in Tuesday's 53-point victory and there were many positives to take away from the game.

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