Monday, October 30, 2006

Postgame from Jersey

From the post-game press conferences....

  • Terry Caulley's days as the featured back might be numbered, whether he's healthy or not. Is that any surprise after the Donald Brown coming-out party against Rutgers? Randy Edsall said Brown might be consdered the front-runner for the Pitt game. Brown was humble in his post-game comments, mentioning how he took advantage of the opportunity. Though he wouldn't say it, you have to think he understands the job is his for the taking now.

  • Caulley didn't practice all week because of a gimpy ankle, and Brown found out Thursday he would be the featured back. Edsall said he listed TC as probable because he thought he would get healthier as the week wore on. That didn't happen. He might be feeling a little like Wally Pipp tonight.

  • I said last week that West Virginia kept Steve Slaton in the game to pad his stats and keep his Heisman campaign alive. They were lucky he came out healthy. Rutgers did the same thing tonight with Ray Rice, who had just 79 yards on 22 carries. The Scarlet Knights might not have been so lucky. Rice injured his leg on a meaningless carry with the game in hand. He walked off under his own power, and has a bye week to rest. But Rutgers' coach Greg Schiano might be sweating over the next day as the await official word on Rice's status.

  • Long snapper Martin Bedard is out for the season with a dislocated elbow, suffered last week in practice. Robb Lunn started tonight, and did OK aside from one forgettable snap.

  • Edsall said the game plan was to stop the run and make Rutgers beat UConn through the air because he didn't think Mike Teel could do it. It nearly worked. The Huskies gave the Scarlet Knights a pair of touchdowns. Rutgers scored exactly one offensive touchdown in the game, and that came less than 5 minutes into the game. UConn's defense was fired up, especially in the second half.

That's it. It's 12:30 a.m. here in the press box and I have a long date with the New Jersey Turnpike.


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