PISCATAWAY, NJ – Before a crowd of 34,611, including representatives from the Insight Bowl, Rutgers improved its record to 7-4 with a convincing 44-9 win over Cincinnati Saturday at Rutgers Stadium. The Scarlet Knights rushed for a season-high 337 yards and sacked Cincinnati quarterback Dustin Grutza nine times." />
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Rutgers Runs Past Cincinnati 44-9
RICE BREAKS 1,000 YARDS FOR SEASON
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Before a crowd of 34,611, including representatives from the Insight Bowl, Rutgers improved its record to 7-4 with a convincing 44-9 win over Cincinnati Saturday at Rutgers Stadium. The Scarlet Knights rushed for a season-high 337 yards and sacked Cincinnati quarterback Dustin Grutza nine times.

    The Scarlet Knights (7-4, 4-3 BIG EAST) put together their most dominating effort of the season, limiting Cincinnati (4-7, 2-5 BIG EAST) to just 146 yards of total offense and -23 yards rushing while sacking UC quarterback Dustin Grutza nine times. RU’s offense, meanwhile, rolled up 574 yards, including 337 on the ground and scored on eight of its 10 possessions. True freshman running back Ray Rice (New Rochelle, NY) carried 24 times for 195 yards, becoming the eighth RU player to eclipse the 1,000-yard single season rushing mark (he has 1,012 yards rushing on the season).

    Junior FB Brian Leonard (Gouverneur, NY) had another standout all-purpose day, rushing for 79 yards on nine carries and two TDs, while catching six passes for 53 yards. Senior QB Ryan Hart (Coral Springs, FL) completed 16-of-26 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown, hooking up with six different receivers. Junior DT Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) led the defensive effort with 10 tackles, including 3.5 sacks.

    Hart was sharp in leading Rutgers on its opening scoring drive that covered 65 yards on 11 plays. He hooked up with Willie Foster (Miami, FL) on a 12-yard reception on a third-and-11, and then found Shawn Tucker (Parkland, FL) for 23 yards on another third-down conversion. Sophomore kicker Jeremy Ito (Redlands, CA) converted a 32-yard field go to make the score 3-0 at the 5:33 mark of the first quarter.

    Following a 27-yard punt after a three-and-out from the Bearcats on their ensuing drive that set RU up at the 42 yard line, Rutgers wasted little time cashing in on their good field position. Hart ran for a gain of seven yards on first down, followed by a 23-yard bust by Leonard to the 12 yard line. On the next play, Leonard ran off right tackle and into the endzone, and Ito’s extra point gave the Scarlet Knights a 10-0 lead.

    Keyed by a fake punt on a fourth-and-one from midfield, Cincinnati drove deep into Rutgers territory on its ensuing possession. Ryan Neil (Wayne, NJ) and Jamaal Westerman (Brampton, Ontario) registered back-to-back sacks, however, forcing the Bearcats to attempt a 45 yard field goal, which was converted by Kevin Lovell with 11:01 remaining before halftime.

    Foster set Rutgers up with good field position following a 39-yard kickoff return, and the Scarlet Knights traveled 61 yards in eight plays, capped by a 24-yard touchdown pass from Hart to tight end Clark Harris (Manahawkin, NJ). Leonard and Rice did much of the damage on the drive, combining for 23 yards and four carries.

    The Bearcats appeared to seize momentum late in the first half following a Kevin McCullough interception near midfield, but the Rutgers defense rose to the occasion, snuffing Cincinnati on three straight plays. Quinterio Frierson (Coral Gables, FL) sacked Grutza for a loss of 10 yards on first-and-10, and Grutza was then called for intentional grounding on third down, which forced a punt.

    Hart led Rutgers into the red zone on an efficient 10-play, 63-yard drive covering 1:48, connecting with Harris on a 24-yard pass to the nine yard line that set up a 31-yard Ito field goal to make the score 20-3 with just 19 seconds left in the first half. On the first play Cincinnati’s next drive, Grutza was sacked by Westerman and fumbled. The ball was picked up by junior DT Joe Giacobbe (Rahway, NJ) at the 24-yard line with five seconds left. Ito then converted a 41-yard field goal as time expired, giving RU a 23-3 halftime lead.

    The Rutgers defense sacked Grutza six times in the first half, holding the Bearcats to -1 yards rushing on 20 carries. The Scarlet Knights out-gained Cincinnati by over 200 yards (255-53), averaging 7.1 yards per play. Hart was an efficient 11-of-18 for 146 yards and one touchdown in the first half, while Leonard and Rice teamed to rush for 100 yards on just 15 carries.

    Rice wasted little time putting Rutgers on the scoreboard in the third quarter, taking a hand-off from the UC 42 yard line and racing for a career-long 58-yard touchdown run. The drive covered 96 yards in seven plays, punctuated by a 15-yard run from Rice and a 16-yard pass from Hart to Tucker. Rice scored his second touchdown of the game with 1:35 left in the third quarter, bursting 11 yards up the middle to make the score 37-3. The eight-play, 76-yard drive was keyed by a 39-yard pass from Hart to Foster down the right sideline.

    After Grutza connected with Brent Celek on an eight-yard touchdown pass in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, the Rutgers offense once again marched down the field, picking up 83 yards on nine plays while taking 4:11 off the clock. Rice rushed six times for 45 yards, and Leonard finished off the drive with a 25-yard run to the one yard line and a dive into the end zone on the following play, making the score 44-9 with 10:12 to play.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    Rutgers Records Nine Sacks
    Rutgers’ nine sacks vs. Cincinnati gives the Scarlet Knights 46 sacks on the season, which is the second-highest single-season sack total since the statistic was first kept by Rutgers in 1976. The nine sacks are the most by a Rutgers team in Greg Schiano’s five seasons at the helm. The previous high under Schiano was eight vs. Kent St. (9/18/04).

    Rank Year Sacks
    1. 1976 47
    2. 2005 46

    Rutgers Limits Cincinnati to Negative Rushing Yardage Rutgers limited Cincinnati to -23 rushing yards on 28 carries. It marks the first time RU has held an opponent to negative rushing yards since the Scarlet Knights held Buffalo to -7 yards rushing during a 59-0 win Sept. 19, 2000.

    Rutgers Rolls Up 574 Yards of Total Offense vs. Cincinnati The 574 yards of total offense (337 rushing/237 passing) is the most by a Rutgers team since Oct. 2, 1993 when Rutgers amassed 628 yards of total offense in a 62-0 win over Temple at Giants Stadium. It also marks the third time this season RU has surpassed the 500-yard mark (517 vs. Illinois on Sept. 3, 508 vs. UConn on Oct. 22).

    Ray Rice Rushes for 195 Yards, has 1,012 on the Season True freshman RB Ray Rice’s 24-carry, 195-yard rushing performance vs.
    Cincinnati gives him 1,012 rushing yards on the season, which places him eighth on the RU all-time single-season rushing list. It’s the most rushing yards by a Rutgers back since Terrell Willis rushed for 1,080 yards in 1994.
    His total exceeds the 918 yards Rutgers rushed for as a team last season.

    1. “JJ” Jennings 1,353 1973
    2. “JJ” Jennings 1,262 1972
    3. Terrell Willis 1,261 1993
    4. Bryant Mitchell 1,204 1968
    5. Curt Edwards 1,157 1975
    6. Terrell Willis 1,080 1994
    7. Toady Bracher 1,021 1915
    8. RAY RICE 1,012 2005

    Most Rushing Yards in Greg Schiano Era; Most Since 1993 Rutgers’ 337 yards rushing was its highest total since a 62-0 win over Temple at Giants Stadium on Oct. 2, 1993 when RU rolled up 452 yards. Two different players – Terrell Willis and Bruce Presley – each had 100-yard games that day with Willis carrying for 191 yards while Presley gained 103 yards.

    Leonard Moves into Top Five in Rushing TDs Junior FB Brian Leonard’s two rushing TDs vs. Cincinnati moved him into the top five all-time in Rutgers career rushing TDs.

    RUSHING TOUCHDOWN LIST
    1. "JJ" Jennings 34 1971-73
    2. Bill Austin 32 1956-58
    Henry Benkert 32 1921-24
    4. Harvey Grimsley 28 1946-49
    5. Mike Fisher 26 1974-77
    Brian Leonard 26 (2003-)
    7. Homer Hazel 23 (1916, 1923-24)
    Mike Fisher 23 (1974-77)
    Albert Smith 23 (1982-85)

    Hart Adds to Career Totals, Exceeds 8,000-Yard Mark
    Senior QB Ryan Hart added to several Rutgers career passing marks that he
    holds. Hart is number one in Rutgers history in career passing yards
    (8,108), completions (721), attempts (1179) and TDs (49).

    Harris Consecutive Games with Reception
    Junior TE Clark Harris extended his career reception streak to 29 games. His
    streak of 28 consecutive games entering the Cincinnati game was the
    17th-longest active streak in the nation.

    Leonard Consecutive Games Reception Streak Reaches 33
    Brian Leonard extended his to 33 games. He has now caught a pass in all 33
    games he has played in his collegiate career. His streak of 32 consecutive
    games entering the Cincinnati game was the 12th-longest active streak in the
    nation.

    Sophomore PK Jeremy Ito Moves into 3rd Place on RU All-time FG Made List
    Rutgers All-Time Field Goals Made
    1. Keenan Startzell (1976-79) 46
    2. Alex Falcinelli (1980-82) 38
    3. Jeremy Ito (2004-) 31
    4. Tom Angstadt (1982-84) 30
    5. Carmen Sclafani (1987-88) 29
    6. John Benestad (1990-93) 28
    7. Doug Giesler (1986-89) 27

    Rice-Leonard Moves up to Second in All-time RU Rushing Tandems
    True freshman RB Ray Rice and junior FB Brian Leonard rushed for a combined
    274 yards vs. Cincinnati (Rice rushed for 195 yards and Leonard rushed for
    79 yards). The Rice-Leonard tandem moved up to second in RU history in
    rushing tandems with 1,706 yards.

    TOP RUTGERS RUSHING TANDEMS
    Rank Year Rushing Tandem Yards
    1 1993 Terrell Willis 1,261/Bruce Presley 741 2,002
    2 2005 RAY RICE 1,012/BRIAN LEONARD 694 1,706
    3 1994 Terrell Willis 1,080/Bruce Presley 546 1,626
    4 1992 Bruce Presley 817/Craig Mitter 775 1,592
    5 1995 Terrell Willis 773/Bruce Presley 678 1,451

    CAREER RUSHING LEADERS YARDS
    1. Terrell Willis (1993-95) 3,114
    2. “JJ” Jennings (1971-73) 2,935
    3. Bruce Presley (1992-95) 2,792
    4. Glen Kehler (1975-78) 2,567
    5. Jacki Crooks (1996-99) 2,434
    6. BRIAN LEONARD (2003-) 2,306
    7. Bryant Mitchell (1966-68) 2,286
    8. Albert Smith (1982-85) 2,269
    9. Henry Benkert (1921-24) 2,124
    10. Bill Austin (1956-58) 2,073

    Brian Leonard Moves into Top 10 in All-time Receiving Yards
    With 53 receiving yards vs. Cincinnati, Brian Leonard moved into the top 10
    in all-time receiving yards.

    CAREER YARDAGE LEADERS
    1. TRES MOSES, 2,391 - 2001-PRESENT
    2. Andrew Baker, 2,268 - 1981-84
    3. Marco Battaglia, 2,221 - 1992-95
    4. Jim Guarantano, 2,065 - 1989-92
    5. Chris Brantley, 1,914 - 1990-93
    6. Tim Odell, 1,702 - 1977-80
    7. Bill Powell, 1,541 - 1995-98
    8. Walter King, 1,515 - 1996-2000
    9. BRIAN LEONARD (2003-) 1,476
    10. Reggie Funderburk, 1,464 - 1993-97

    CAREER RECEPTION LEADERS
    1. TRES MOSES, 185, 2001-PRESENT
    2. Marco Battaglia, 171 - 1992-1995
    3. Jim Guarantano, 158 - 1989-92
    3. BRIAN LEONARD, 158 - 2003-PRESENT
    5. Chris Brantley, 144 - 1990-93
    6. Andrew Baker, 127 - 1981-84
    7. Reggie Funderburk, 123 - 1993-97
    8. LJ Smith, 122 - 1999-2002
    9. Tim Odell, 112 - 1977-80
    10. Eric Young, 109 - 1985-88

                                   Box Score (Final)
                 Cincinnati vs RUTGERS (Nov 26, 2005 at Piscataway, NJ)
    
    Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
    -----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
    Cincinnati..........  0  3  0  6  -  9       Record: (4-7,2-5)
    RUTGERS............. 10 13 14  7  - 44       Record: (7-4,4-3)
    
    
    
    Scoring Summary:
    1st 05:33 RUTGERS - ITO, Jeremy 32 yd field goal, 11-65 4:41,
    	CIN 0 - RUTGERS 3
        02:49 RUTGERS - LEONARD, Brian 12 yd run (ITO, Jeremy kick), 3-42 1:18
    	CIN 0 - RUTGERS 10
    2nd 11:01 CIN - LOVELL, Kevin 45 yd field goal, 13-40 6:39
    	CIN 3 - RUTGERS 10
        07:13 RUTGERS - HARRIS, Clark 24 yd pass from HART, Ryan (ITO, Jeremy kick), 8-61 3:42
    	CIN 3 - RUTGERS 17
        00:19 RUTGERS - ITO, Jeremy 31 yd field goal, 10-63 1:48
    	CIN 3 - RUTGERS 20
        00:00 RUTGERS - ITO, Jeremy 41 yd field goal, 1-0 0:05
    	CIN 3 - RUTGERS 23
    3rd 08:48 RUTGERS - RICE, Ray 58 yd run (ITO, Jeremy kick), 7-96 2:51
    	CIN 3 - RUTGERS 30
        01:35 RUTGERS - RICE, Ray 11 yd run (ITO, Jeremy kick), 8-76 3:01
    	CIN 3 - RUTGERS 37
    4th 14:28 CIN - CELEK, B. 8 yd pass from GRUTZA, Dustin (GRUTZA rush failed), 7-63 2:00
    	CIN 9 - RUTGERS 37
        10:12 RUTGERS - LEONARD, Brian 1 yd run (ITO, Jeremy kick), 9-83 4:11
    	CIN 9 - RUTGERS 44
    
    
    
                                        CIN  RUTGERS
    FIRST DOWNS...................       14       29
    RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............   28--23   50-337
    PASSING YDS (NET).............      169      237
    Passes Att-Comp-Int...........  24-15-0  26-16-1
    TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   52-146   76-574
    Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0      0-0
    Punt Returns-Yards............      1-8      3-8
    Kickoff Returns-Yards.........    8-165     3-64
    Interception Returns-Yards....      1-1      0-0
    Punts (Number-Avg)............   7-36.7   1-31.0
    Fumbles-Lost..................      3-1      1-0
    Penalties-Yards...............     4-10     4-35
    Possession Time...............    25:22    34:38
    Third-Down Conversions........  2 of 12  9 of 14
    Fourth-Down Conversions.......   2 of 2   1 of 1
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      2-2      5-5
    Sacks By: Number-Yards........     2-13     9-76
    
    
    RUSHING: Cincinnati-GLATTHAAR, B. 10-44; BENTON, Butler 4-1; GRUTZA,
    Dustin 14-minus 68. RUTGERS-RICE, Ray 24-195; LEONARD, Brian 9-79; PITTMAN,
    Claren 6-42; FACYSON, Markis 4-15; MEDLEY, Ishmael 2-6; HART, Ryan 4-1; TEAM
    1-minus 1.
    
    PASSING: Cincinnati-GRUTZA, Dustin 15-24-0-169. RUTGERS-HART, Ryan
    16-26-1-237.
    
    RECEIVING: Cincinnati-CELEK, Brent 5-54; POLAND, Bill 4-67; BENTON,
    Butler 2-12; JACKSON,Earnest 1-19; ROSS, Derick 1-8; BARWIN, Connor 1-5;
    GOODMAN, D. 1-4. RUTGERS-LEONARD, Brian 6-53; HARRIS, Clark 3-61; TUCKER, Shawn
    3-45; FOSTER, Willie 2-51; MOSES, Tres 1-18; UNDERWOOD, Tiqu 1-9.
    
    INTERCEPTIONS: Cincinnati-McCULLOUGH, K. 1-1. RUTGERS-None.
    
    FUMBLES: Cincinnati-GRUTZA, Dustin 2-1; SIMPSON, Carlos 1-0.
    RUTGERS-PITTMAN, Claren 1-0.
    
    Stadium: Rutgers Stadium       Attendance: 34611
    Kickoff time: 1:03      End of Game: 4:01      Total elapsed time: 2:58
    Officials: Referee: T.Tomczyk; Umpire: R.Kumiega; Linesman: J.Griesser;
    Line judge: W.Mackie; Back judge: P.Vargo; Field judge: D.Prioleau;
    Side judge: B.Williams; Scorer: RUTGERS;
    Temperature: 34 Deg    Wind: S 3mph    Weather: Mostly Cloudy
    
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