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    Rutgers Wins Against Louisville!!!!!!
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    Rutgers all the way they are the best. Bring on anyone they will beat them RU all the way this year they will be 12 and 0 before any one knows it. Lets go RU

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    Unbeaten Rutgers shocks No. 3 Louisville for biggest win in school history

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Rutgers arrived -- and kicked No. 3 Louisville right out of the national championship scramble.

    The program that once set the standard for college football futility jumped into the national title picture Thursday night with a 28-25 victory over No. 3 Louisville.

    On his second chance, Jeremy Ito kicked a 28-yard tiebreaking field goal with 13 seconds left and the second consecutive primetime showdown between Big East unbeatens went to No. 15 Rutgers (9-0, 4-0).

    Just a week ago, it was Louisville (8-1, 3-1) celebrating the biggest win in school history, a 44-34 victory over West Virginia that vaulted the Cardinals into the heart of the national championship race.

    This time it was Rutgers' turn to party.

    The Scarlet Knights shut out the high-scoring Cardinals in the second half, erased an 18-point deficit and got the ball with 5:28 left in the fourth quarter at their own 9.

    Brian Leonard went 26 yards with a pass in the flats to get Rutgers into Louisville territory and Ray Rice broke a 20-yard run to get into field-goal range. Ito missed a 33-yarder with 18 seconds left but Louisville was offside and Ito got another shot -- and it was perfect.

    The final play, appropriately, was a sack of Brian Brohm by a Rutgers' defense that proved itself as one of the best in the country.

    Fans flooded the field, hardly a yard marker could be seen, engulfing their heroes.

    Rice, the Heisman Trophy candidate, yes the new Scarlet Knights even have one of those, ran for 22 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

    Brohm, who looked like the Heisman contender last week, went 13-for-27 for 163 yards and was sacked five times, twice each by Jamel Meekins and Devraun Thompson.

    When coach Greg Schiano took over at Rutgers in 2001 the program was as bad as it got in college football, and it didn't get much better in the former Miami assistant's first few seasons.

    The Scarlet Knights won three games in Schiano's first two years and 12 his first four, before finally turning it around last year with seven victories and a bowl bid.

    This season, off to their best start 1976, the next step for the Scarlet Knights was to show if they could compete with the nation's best.

    The answer: Absolutely.

    Louisville jumped out to a 25-7 lead in the first half behind Brohm and a 100-yard kickoff return by JaJuan Spillman and it looked as if the Cardinals were on their way to a BCS boosting romp.

    But laughingstocks no more, the Scarlet Knights came charging back to tie it in the fourth quarter behind speedy tailback Rice and a relentless pass rush.

    Rutgers gave the 2,000 fans packed into the temporary stands behind the south end zone something to go crazy about when Kenny Britt reached high from a pass over the middle and broke free for a 67-yard reception right in their direction. Louisville's William Gay caught Britt from behind and stripped the ball, but it bounced right back to the Rutgers' receiver, who covered it at the Cardinals' 4.

    And if that wasn't enough to swing momentum Rutgers' way, Rice's 4-yard TD sweep on the next play surely was. The 2-point conversion cut the lead to 25-22 with 4:42 left in the third quarter.

    After struggling early to slow down Brohm and the No. 2 offense in the country, Meekins and the hard-rushing Scarlet Knights held the Cardinals without a first down for the first 26 minutes of the second half.

    When Ito nailed a 46-yard field goal with 10:17 left in the fourth quarter, the game was tied at 25, the cannon behind the south end zone boomed and the record crowd of 44,111 was in a white-towel waving frenzy.

    Students started lining up outside Rutgers Stadium more than four hours before kickoff for the most important college football game in New Jersey since, well, maybe the first one was played between Rutgers and Princeton in 1869. Never before had Rutgers played in a game matching ranked teams.

    Now the Scarlet Knights have won one and can started wondering where they will be when the next Bowl Championship Series standings come out Sunday.
    Way to go RUTGERS!!!!
    I always knew you would pull this off!!!

    Rutgers has shoved the win in all the nay-sayers face. In the polls on who was going to win - only two states said that Rutgers would pull it off - New Jersey and West Virginia. As someone in the stands said on a sign - "Yo - Show New Jersey Some Respect!!!" You have made New Jersey proud and given this state something great to rally behind. Congratulations to all the great players and thanks to the coach for believing when no one else did.
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    Finally - the media giving Rutgers and New Jersey the respect it deserves (although in my opinion we still deserve a lot more).

    Rutgers and Its Road to the Title
    By Jim Baker
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    Thursday night, the national halogen light of college football will be beaming down on a spot very close to where the sport first drew breath. The undefeated Rutgers Scarlet Knights are slated to meet fellow undefeated Big East rival Louisville in Piscataway, N.J. -- just across the river from where Rutgers played the very first college football game in 1869.

    It's often said that if somebody didn't do something first, somebody else would eventually have come along and broken the ice. Can we really be sure of that, though? Can we really take it for granted that many of the technological marvels and entertainment institutions we enjoy today would exist had somebody not made the first primitive stab at their creation? Sure, things evolve and are improved upon from the time of that initial foray, but can we conclude that the evolution and improvement would have been possible without the first intrepid pioneer who took a shot at making the thing a reality?

    I don't think so.

    Which is why college football owes Rutgers big time -- and why there is no time like the present to begin paying them back.

    If it weren't for Rutgers, and its neighbor a wagon's ride to the south, Princeton, I put it to you that there would be no college football today; at least not as we know it. It might exist as an intramural sport, perhaps -- something played between representatives of the physics and philosophy departments. But the big-time thing that it has come to be? No way. The Brobdingnagian stadiums, the scholarships, the cheerleaders, the television contracts, Keith Jackson, Joe Paterno, Eddie Robinson, the Heisman, the Outland, Touchdown Jesus, Army vs. Navy -- none of it would exist.

    And, because it was football that really put intercollegiate sports on the map, can we not also assume that the other college sports we know and love might be similarly lagging?

    Yes, we know that the game Rutgers and Princeton played 137 years ago did not much resemble football as we've come to know it -- and that other schools have tried to claim that it was them that played the first "real" intercollegiate contest years later. That's not the point. You're either the first organism that crawls out of the water and starts living on land, or you're not -- even if you don't exactly resemble Secretariat or Mr. Universe at the moment of transition.

    So, let us agree then that college football -- not to mention its overgrown stepchild, the National Football League -- owes its very fiber to these two New Jersey universities.

    What is to be done about it? For their part, Princeton made a conscious effort years ago to remove itself from big-time football consideration. It, along with seven of the other eight Colonial Colleges (called so because they were awarding degrees before the American Revolution), operates in Division I-AA. The Tigers boast a 7-1 record this year, and have a shot at the Ivy League title. That's a nice season, but Princeton's being upstaged so far by the one Colonial College that does play Division I-A ball: Rutgers.

    Many people are calling Thursday night's showdown the most important game in Rutgers football history -- at least since Day 1, anyway. It's true that the 1990s and the early part of the 21st century were not good times for the program. It's also true that the team has rarely pushed its way into the national spotlight since kicking the door open four years after the Civil War ended. Which isn't to say there haven't been highlights -- it's just that what few there have been came before ESPN started showing games on Thursday nights.

    After getting the ball rolling (literally, since only kicking was allowed in the first game), Rutgers pretty much tanked the rest of the 19th century. It had brief bursts of competence in the 20th, like going 14-2-2 between 1923 and 1924, and 14-2-1 between 1938 and 1939. The 1946-48 squads were a combined 22-5, and the 1960 and 1961 teams were a combined 17-1, with '61 being the school's first undefeated season since it won its sole game in 1876. The mid-to-late '70s were boom years as well, as the Scarlet Knights were 45-11 from 1975 through 1979. This included their only other undefeated season in 1976 -- en route to an 11-0 record, Rutgers beat Louisville 34-0 three decades ago this week.

    Other than some memorable individual games, though, that's pretty much it. And that's not a lot to show for a century-and-a-third's worth of trying, nor is it a fitting fate for a school that was present at the game's creation.

    Which brings us back to what other schools can do to help repay Rutgers for opening the Pandora's box that is college football. I would suggest the Scarlet Knights deserve nothing less than a slot in the national championship game -- provided, of course, that they can hold up their end by beating Louisville and running the table in their remaining three games against Cincinnati, Syracuse and West Virginia. Given that they are currently No. 13 in the BCS rankings, an undefeated season, in and of itself, will probably not be enough to get them to Glendale, Ariz., on January 8th. What they need is for the remaining unranked opponents of the 12 teams ahead of them to act as though their very existences were owed to Rutgers -- which, as I've told you, is actually the case.

    This is what needs to happen -- either all of this, or at least most of it:

    Northwestern beats Ohio State; Indiana bests Michigan; South Florida and UConn dispatch Louisville; Florida State makes Florida pay for its recent hard times, with South Carolina and/or Western Carolina doing the same; Kansas State and Texas A&M put away the Longhorns; Georgia and Alabama make short work of Auburn; Oregon and, if it would like to chip in, UCLA wipe out USC; Arizona and Stanford muscle out Cal; Air Force and Army blitzkrieg Notre Dame; Cincinnati and Pitt humble West Virginia; Tennessee and Mississippi State handle Arkansas; and, finally, Alabama and Ole Miss run roughshod over LSU.

    This is not a suggestion that anybody should lie down in order to fulfill Rutgers' destiny. On the contrary, it's asking 20 or so schools to rise above what will mostly be underdog berths and clear the decks so Rutgers can be in a position to fulfill its own destiny on January 8th.

    Isn't that the least they can do?

    Jim Baker is, not surprisingly, a graduate of Rutgers, where he learned the word "Brobdingnagian." He is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.
    Louisville bit the dust, next up - West Virginia!!
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    I thought this was a really cool article - especially when Coach Schiano talks about New Jersey pride and what the win can mean to the state.

    New Jersey state of mind
    Rutgers fans see Schiano's vision in historic victory
    Posted: Friday November 10, 2006 1:55AM; Updated: Friday November 10, 2006 2:13AM

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Greg Schiano preached and pleaded and spread his vision for Rutgers football to anyone who would listen. He threw around the catch phrases "State of Rutgers" and "national power" and never swayed from his belief -- even when the Scarlet Knights were losing to Miami 61-0. But even the perpetually upbeat coach couldn't have imagined this.

    Rutgers as the center of the college football universe, under the lights on national television in a red-clad atmosphere that rivaled any in the SEC, Big Ten or Big 12. The Empire State building was lit up in scarlet, fans arrived eight, 10 hours early for Rutgers' showdown with No. 3 Louisville, and the team that was once the laughingstock of college football played like it belonged.

    "I don't usually do this, but right before kickoff I took off my headset, looked around and said, 'Wow, this is really something,'" Schiano said after his team's improbable 28-25 victory on Jeremy Ito's 28-yard field goal with 13 seconds remaining. "It's everything you could ever hope for in a college football game. The atmosphere, you just knew it would be, you just didn't know when."

    It finally happened on Thursday night. At exactly 11:05 p.m. ET, students stormed the field from all directions, creating one giant mosh pit as Kool and the Gang's Celebration blared from the stadium's sound system. At midfield stood sophomore quarterback Mike Teel, basking in the glory and accepting congratulations from many of the same fans who were calling for his head less than a week ago. Behind Teel was his father, Mike Sr., reduced to tears by what he just witnessed.

    "You had to be here to understand how far down this program was," said Mike Sr., a Jersey guy through and through. "This is all because of coach Schiano. He had a vision and three quarters of the people in this state thought he was crazy. Heck, at first I wasn't sure if I believed him. But the kids always believed and bought into everything. And look at this, it's everything this program could be and should be."

    As the moving mosh pit literally swept him up and carried him off the field, Schiano took one look around him and felt at home. The same team that lost 56-5 at Louisville last year showed how quickly it turned the corner; a student body and a community got their introduction to big-time college football and Schiano's vision finally seemed like a reality.

    Schiano coached at Penn State and Miami and with the Chicago Bears. But being from New Jersey, he always thought that Rutgers could become a national player. The talent was there, the facilities were there, all the school needed was a leader to bring everything together. Schiano saw what Joe Paterno did at Penn State and what Jim Calhoun did at Connecticut and knew it was possible at Rutgers. He jumped at the opportunity when the Rutgers job opened in 2000, and when he was hired Schiano truly believed it was the best job in the country.

    "New Jersey has players as good as any and I knew if we could keep players here, we could build something," Schiano said. "I'm not going to lie, it was tough at first, but I always had faith and we stuck with the plan. This part of the country may not be used to a big-time college football experience, but after what happened tonight I think people will like it."

    That's an understatement. A school-record crowd of 44,111 witnessed the biggest game in school history and years from now thousands more will claim they were here. Early on, when Louisville went up 25-7 with 6:34 remaining in the first half, it didn't seem like Rutgers was ready for the bright lights. But the Scarlet Knights' gritty defense stood tall and kept Rutgers in the game, and slowly the scrappy team from New Jersey showed its true grit.

    Keep chipping away, Schiano told them, and they did. They crowd loved every moment of it and soon a team, a coach and a bunch of rabid fans who have never experienced anything like this were brimming with Jersey pride.

    And that's what Schiano's real vision was: A bunch of hard work, determination and a stubbornness to filter out the criticism and stay on course. Perhaps no one could better appreciate what this means for Rutgers -- and for the state -- than a Jersey guy himself.

    "This is what New Jersey needs," said Schiano. "There's a special breed of people in this state. If you're not from New Jersey you probably don't understand Jersey."

    People are starting to understand Schiano's vision now and judging by the atmosphere on Thursday night, it's only the beginning.
    I am hoping that Champs at the Ocean County Mall will NOW be carrying Rutgers items. I plan on going there tomorrow and checking them out. It'll be funny if they are, since I made such a big deal with them at the beginning of the season about not carrying Rutgers items.
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    RU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!

    it was cool to see the empire state building in Scarlett. NY giving Jersey support and jumping on the band wagon who would have thought.
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    I have one complaint though and that deals with the reporting - how many times do the announcers have to use the term New York area to describe New JERSEY???!!!! Sometimes it almost seemed as if New York had more of a stake in the game then New Jersey did. I think it was great that New York had the Empire State Building lit up in honor Rutgers - but Rutgers is the State University of New JERSEY - NOT New York.

    It's no wonder when I travel around the US and into Canada, many people think that New Jersey is part of New York. But then again -what do we expect, most of the sports announcers have to come across the river to see most of the so-called "New York" games. It must really irritate them to know that while New York tries to claim great teams - New Jersey actually has them.
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    It will be interesting to see what happens in the Polls today after loses by Texas Auburn and Cal and of cours Louisville. To bad Florida pulled it out in the end. RU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!
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    # 7 in A.P. poll, # 8 in coaches poll. Next up Cincinnati on Saturday night at 7:45 on ESPN. Keep choppin R.U.! WEAR RED!
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    Even better, #6 in the BCS.

    If next weekend is anything like this weekend we could very well move up even higher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyDevil
    I have one complaint though and that deals with the reporting - how many times do the announcers have to use the term New York area to describe New JERSEY???!!!! Sometimes it almost seemed as if New York had more of a stake in the game then New Jersey did. I think it was great that New York had the Empire State Building lit up in honor Rutgers - but Rutgers is the State University of New JERSEY - NOT New York.

    It's no wonder when I travel around the US and into Canada, many people think that New Jersey is part of New York. But then again -what do we expect, most of the sports announcers have to come across the river to see most of the so-called "New York" games. It must really irritate them to know that while New York tries to claim great teams - New Jersey actually has them.
    I agree. They were sort of called out in this:

    The Empire State Building was lit Scarlet Red for Thursday's game. I'm sorry New York City, if you never cared about college football for the first 137 seasons, you're not allowed to start now. Unlike the Giants and Jets, Rutgers belongs to Jersey. Besides NYC, I thought some of you were allegedly "Syracuse fans," or has that changed since Donovan McNabb left school?
    http://msn.foxsports.com/cfb/story/6156054



    It's ok, I moved out here to Michigan 3 years ago (Grad school) and everytime someone asks where I'm from because of my accent I tell them 'Jersey', which they usually reply "Is that near New Jersey?". I can't stand the level of intelligence in the Mid-West. Can't wait to move back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tifosiv122
    I agree. They were sort of called out in this:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/cfb/story/6156054
    The Empire State Building was lit Scarlet Red for Thursday's game. I'm sorry New York City, if you never cared about college football for the first 137 seasons, you're not allowed to start now. Unlike the Giants and Jets, Rutgers belongs to Jersey. Besides NYC, I thought some of you were allegedly "Syracuse fans," or has that changed since Donovan McNabb left school?
    They got one thing wrong in here though too - both Giants and Jets are New JERSEY teams. New York has nothing to do with these teams - other than BOTH of them decided to put NY back on their uniforms after having it off for about 30 years.

    As for thinking that New Yorkers are Syracuse fans, they claim any New Jersey team that is winning. The NY news used to make fun of the Nets all the time when they were losing, once they started winning - all of a sudden they too became a "New York area" team.
    It's ok, I moved out here to Michigan 3 years ago (Grad school) and everytime someone asks where I'm from because of my accent I tell them 'Jersey', which they usually reply "Is that near New Jersey?". I can't stand the level of intelligence in the Mid-West. Can't wait to move back.
    Yes, I lived in Indiana for a while - I have come into experiences with the intelligence. The one time I was with a friend and her brother - who is about 30, said something about me being from New York. I thought he was trying to give me a hard time and joking around with me. I said no - I'm from New Jersey. He replied with "Same thing there." At this point I thought he was downright insulting me - so I said - it is not. Then he made the comment that just had me rolling my eyes - "New Jersey is in New York." At this point I had to educate him on the geography of the area and that New Jersey was one of the original 13 colonies and was founded it in 1664 and was one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. Of course this is all stuff that I thought people learned in elementary school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyDevil
    At this point I had to educate him on the geography of the area and that New Jersey was one of the original 13 colonies and was founded it in 1664 and was one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. Of course this is all stuff that I thought people learned in elementary school.
    That's what I say when they bring up my accent. Now I don't have a Joisey accent, just a standard one from Central Jersey. I keep telling them that we were settled first so anyone outside has the accent, not us. It usually shuts them up. They like the way I say sauce. Go figure.

    Don't forget the NY/NJ Metrostars which are now called Redbull NY or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tifosiv122
    That's what I say when they bring up my accent. Now I don't have a Joisey accent, just a standard one from Central Jersey. I keep telling them that we were settled first so anyone outside has the accent, not us. It usually shuts them up. They like the way I say sauce. Go figure.
    yes - I always got the "You don't sound like your from Joisey." Then I would have to go on about how that is more of a brooklyn accent, and is basically limited to the nothern area of New Jersey near New York.
    Don't forget the NY/NJ Metrostars which are now called Redbull NY or something like that.
    Oh - You don't have to tell me. That team has A LOT of nerve for doing that. They put NY on their uniforms as we were handing them a check for 85 million of our hard earned tax money so they can build their stadium in Harrison.

    You can find otu more at these threads -

    New JERSEY MetroStars renamed New YORK Red Bulls
    Giants new Stadium
    New Jersey Jets
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    Those threads discuss how New Jersey gets walked all over by the professional teams, while our politicians sit by and let them.
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    Can not get laxed now. As the coach says got to keep Chopping wood. And dont forget root for Michagan today it will help us. GO RU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I thought Pitt had a chance against WVU during halftime...guess I was wrong

    Can't wait for tonight's game...it should be fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davegering
    Can not get laxed now. As the coach says got to keep Chopping wood. And dont forget root for Michagan today it will help us. GO RU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Actually, that will hurt us. We need Ohio to blow MI out. See if MI wins, or it's a close game they will call for a rematch and that will end our chance.

    For us to have a chance we need:
    USC loses to Cal or UCLA, LSU beats Arkansas, Florida loses to Arkansas and USC beats Notre Dame. And, of course, Rutgers wins out.

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    We are ahead of Ohio state in the coputer ranking. Right now it is Michagan Rutgers Ohio State on the computers If OS loses they will fall below us if Michagan Loses they may stay ahead based on strenght of schedule. My problem is I am also a USC fan and it is hard for me to roort for them to lose but i have to.
    DAVE GERING
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    Quote Originally Posted by davegering
    We are ahead of Ohio state in the coputer ranking. Right now it is Michagan Rutgers Ohio State on the computers If OS loses they will fall below us if Michagan Loses they may stay ahead based on strenght of schedule. My problem is I am also a USC fan and it is hard for me to roort for them to lose but i have to.
    Yes, but that didn't matter...the computer rankings aren't enough, we needed the votes. If you watched the aftermath everyone is saying rematch. That's not good for us. The game was too close.

    Hopefully if we run it and beat WVU hard they will give us a shot.

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    Well that just sucked.

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