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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Rutgers at West Virginia

Greetings from Mountaineer Field, where Rutgers is trying, in its 16th attempt, to win in Morgantown for the first time. 

Today's paper has a game day page and a story on the Mountaineers' Noel Devine and Pat White. 

I walked past the mountaineer on my way in. Even at 9 a.m., he was carrying that musket around while tailgating. My $0.02 is that the mountaineer and the Syracuse orange are the two best mascots in the Big East. What do you guys think? 

Kickoff is set for noon on SNY in the New York market, ABC6 in the South Jersey/Philly market, and ESPN game plan nationally. If you're in a car somewhere, you can catch it on the Rutgers radio network, WRSU, or if you're out of town, on the Westwood One network with Phillies TV voice Tom McCarthy and former Maryland coach Bobby Ross. 

We'll keep the post open for updates. 

Update, 12:05:Rutgers shifted its starting offensive line, giving walk-on Howard Barbieri a second straight start at left guard and sitting redshirt freshman Caleb Ruch, who had started the first four games at right guard.

  With left tackle Anthony Davis back after serving a one-game suspension, Kevin Haslam shifted to right tackle and Mike Gilmartin, the previous starter at right tackle, moved to right guard. 

Update, 12:07: Davon Smart forced Ellis Lankster to fumble on the opening kickoff and Sorie Bayoh recovered for Rutgers at the West Virginia 33. Officials reviewed the play and determined Lankster was down before fumbling, so the Rutgers offense had to jog off the field. 

Update, 12:35: The entire Rutgers defense bit on a play-action pass play, leaving tight end Tyler Urban wide open in the end zone. Pat White's pass was on the money, and the Mountaineers a 7-0 lead with 5:45 left in the first quarter. 

Update, 12:45: West Virginia leads 7-0 after a quarter.  With a nine-yard scramble, Pat White moved past Indiana's Antoine Randal-El for second on the all-time NCAA quarterback rushing list. 

Update, 1:00: Pat McAfee's 40-yard field goal made it 10-0 with 9:06 to play in the first half. Rutgers has done a good job so far defending the run, but has been burnt on a few key passing plays and has done virtually nothing offensively. 

Update, 1:11: San San Te's 23-yard field goal capped a 10-play, 56-yard drive that included a pass completion from Kenny Britt to Mason Robinson, and the Knights are in the board, trailing 10-3 with 4:28 left in the first half.  

Update, 1:23: Pat White's 14-yard completion to Jock Sanders, who alluded two tacklers on his way to the end zone, gave West Virginia a 17-3 lead with 55 seconds left in the first half. 

Update, 1:27: Mike Teel led the Knights on a five-play 56-yard scoring drive that took only 31 seconds and resulted in Teel's first career rushing touchdown. Teel completed four passes, all to Kenny Britt, then kept the ball and ran up the middle to make it 17-10 with 19 seconds left in the half.  Teel has been extremely sharp so far and would have an additional 50 yards -- at least -- if he hadn't been victimized by several drops. 

Update, 1:29: 17-10 WVU at the half. 

Update, 2:22: Jarrett Brown's one-yard touchdown run capped a 14-play, 68-yard scoring drive that gave WVU a 24-10 lead with 4:05 left in the third quarter. Pat White was banged up on a scramble and came out of the game, then headed for the locker room. Big drive coming up for the Knights, who still haven't scored a single point this year in the third quarter. 

Update, 2:56: Mike Teel hit a wide-open Tim Brown in the back of the end zone, bringing Rutgers to within 24-17 with 6:23 left in the game. 

Update, 3:15: Rutgers took over on downs at the WVU 40 but came up empty when Mike Teel's pass on fourth-and-five was broken up by Scooter Berry. WVU can run out the clock. 

Final score: West Virginia (3-2, 1-0 Big East) 24, Rutgers  (1-4, 0-1) 17


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