PISCATAWAY, NJ – Three members of the Rutgers football team were awarded for their efforts in the Scarlet Knights’ 44-9 victory against Cincinnati Nov. 26 with weekly awards from the BIG EAST Conference.
Junior DT Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, while true freshman RB Ray Rice (New Rochelle, NY) and sophomore PK Jeremy Ito (Redlands, CA) earned spots on the BIG EAST Honor Roll. The victory over the Bearcats raised the Scarlet Knights’ record to 7-4, their best mark since 1992.
Meekins led a Rutgers defense that limited Cincinnati to minus 23 yards on the ground, 146 yards of total offense, and just 14 first downs, with 10 tackles. Meekins penetrated the Cincinnati backfield for 3.5 sacks (-38 yards) and 4.0 tackles for loss. He also contributed two quarterback hurries. The Rutgers defense recorded nine sacks vs. Cincinnati, which gives the Scarlet Knights 46 sacks on the Season (the second-highest single-season sack total since the statistic was first kept by Rutgers in 1976).
Rice rushed for 195-yards on 24-carries, averaging 8.8 yards per carry, in the victory over Cincinnati. Rice now has 1,012 rushing yards on the season, placing him eighth on RU's all-time single-season rushing list. Rice scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, including a career-long 58 yard scamper, as Rutgers pulled away from the Bearcats to make the score 37-3 heading into the fourth stanza. Rice’s total was the most rushing yards in a season by a Rutgers back since Terrell Willis rushed for 1,080 yards in 1994.
Ito scored 14 points, hitting on 3-of-3 field goals and all five extra points he attempted, to help Rutgers to a 44-9 win over Cincinnati. Ito opened the scoring with a 32-yard field goal with 5:33 left in the first quarter, giving the Scarlet Knights a lead that they never lost. Ito connected on two field goals in the final 19 seconds of the first half, including a 41-yarder as the second quarter expired, to up Rutgers halftime advantage to 23-3. In just two years, Ito is now in third place on Rutgers' all-time field goals made list, with 31.