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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Morgan State at Rutgers

My apologies for being AWOL all week. My services were needed in the office every day, and that didn't leave any time to get up to practice or do any blogging. 

Here at Rutgers Stadium, there's a light rain falling as the Scarlet Knights get set to take on Morgan State in what should be RU's first win. We'll keep the post open for updates, but for starters, here's the game day package in today's paper. 

Update, 3:25: Wide receiver Kenny Britt and left tackle Anthony Davis have both been suspended for the game for violating team policy. Dennis Campbell will start at wide receiver for Britt, Kevin Haslam will move from left guard to left tackle in place of Davis, and Howard Barbieri will make his first career start at left guard. 

Update, 3:43: That was easy. Rutgers plowed through Morgan State's defense on a nine-play, 66-yard touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead on Jourdan Brooks' one-yard run with 10:22 left in the first quarter. Mike Teel looked sharp, competing all three passing attempts and moving into third place on the Knights' all-time passing list. Brooks, Joe Martinek and Mason Robinson all touched the ball out of the backfield. 

Update, 4:05: Nine plays, 86 yards, six minutes, and another touchdown for Rutgers, this one on a four-yard run by Mason Robinson for the sophomore's first career TD. It's 14-0 Knights with 1:43 left in the first quarter. 

Update, 4:09: Everything is going Rutgers' way. The Knights finally forced a turnover -- becoming the last Bowl Subdivision team to do so -- when Ryan D'Imperio recovered Devan James' fumble at the Morgan State 29, and two plays later, Jourdan Brooks scored another touchdown to put the Knights ahead 21-0 with 12 seconds left in the first quarter. Brooks has four touchdowns in two games as the Knights' starting tailback. Mike Teel is 6-for-6 passing, and hit Kevin Brock for a 25-yard gain on the Knights' most recent scoring drive. 

Update, 4:32: Jamaal Westerman blocked a Morgan State punt and scurried 20 yards, putting Rutgers in perfect shape to score on Jourdan Brooks' third touchdown and take a 28-0 lead with 8:50 left in the first half.

Update, 4:52: Mike Teel's 25-yard touchdown pass to Tim Brown made it 35-0 Rutgers with 2:57 left in the first half. Right tackle Mike Gilmartin went down with an apparent ankle injury, and Marlon Romulus came in to replace him on the line. The Knights inserted Romulus at left guard and moved Howard Barbieri to right tackle. 

Update, 4:59: After failing to produce a turnover through three games -- even when all other 118 FBS teams had produced one -- Rutgers has forced four turnovers today after Damaso Munoz's interception gave the Knights the ball on the Morgan State 44 with 14 seconds left in the first half. The pick was the first of Munoz's career. 

Update, 5:30: Mike Teel is back on the field with the offense to start the third quarter. Mike Gilmartin is back after suffering an injury in the second quarter. 

Update, 6:04: Here's Chris Paul Etienne to start the fourth quarter, with Rutgers ahead 38-0. 

Update, 6:35: Finally, Rutgers has a win: 38-0. Next week, things are going to be a LOT more difficult when the Knights head to Morgantown for their Big East opener. 


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