PISCATAWAY, NJ - The White bettered the Scarlet 14-0 as the Rutgers football program concluded its 2006 spring practice schedule with its annual Scarlet-White Game April 22 at a wind-swept, rain-soaked Rutgers Stadium.
Two long carries of 26 and 24 yards by sophomore running back Ray Rice (New Rochelle, NY) helped set up the only points of the first half, a four-yard rumble into the end zone by the 2005 freshman All-American with five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Junior placekicker Jeremy Ito (Redlands, CA) had two first-half attempts at a field goal (43, 56 yards), but was unable to convert in the cold, blustery and slick conditions, leaving the White’s 7-0 advantage unchanged as the teams entered the locker room.
Sophomore running back Dimitri Linton (Oakland Park, FL) ripped off runs of 32, five and 21 yards for the first three plays of the second half. He finished off the drive with a seven-yard TD with 11:30 remaining in the third quarter for the final points of the afternoon.
The defenses dominated for most of the 60 minutes, a fact exhibited by an interception on the second play of the game by the Scarlet’s Quintero Frierson (Coral Gables, FL). Back-to-back second-quarter sacks by sophomore defensive end Gary Watts (Miami, FL) led the White’s first-half defensive effort, and sophomore cornerback Leslie Jackman (Freeport, NY) came up with a pick of his own for the White six minutes into the fourth quarter.
Sophomore quarterback Mike Teel (Oakland, NJ) directed the White squad, completing four of 10 passes for 25 yards. Rice posted 62 yards on seven carries, scoring a touchdown, while Linton added seven carries, 69 yards and a TD.
Redshirt freshman Jabu Lovelace (Tenafly, NJ) was 2-for-10 for 25 yards as the Scarlet quarterback. Redshirt freshman running back Davon Smart (Hackensack, NJ) carried nine times for 42 yards, while classmate Anthony DePaola (Parkton, MD) completed three of nine passes for 46 yards in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore defensive end Peter Tverdov (Union, NJ) led both sides with his six tackles, including two for a loss, for the Scarlet. Sophomore safety Courtney Greene (New Rochelle, NY) added five solo stops, and senior defensive end William Beckford (Belle Glade, FL) had two sacks and five total tackles.
Sophomore linebacker Kevin Malast (Manchester, NJ) led the White defense with four tackles. Watts (two sacks), sophomore linebacker Chris Quaye (Timber Creek, NJ) and redshirt freshman safety Devin McCourty (Nanuet, NY) each registered three stops.
The Scarlet-White Game consisted of four 15-minute quarters (running clock). There were no kickoffs, and all punts resulted in fair catches. Proceeds from ticket sales for the Scarlet-White Game were donated to the pediatric units of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and St. Peter’s University Hospital.
Rutgers will begin the 2006 campaign Sept. 2 at North Carolina, and will play its home opener Sept. 9 against Illinois, the start of a three-game homestand for the Scarlet Knights. For tickets to regular-season RU contests, log on to www.scarletknights.com or call the Rutgers Athletics Ticket Office at 866-445-GORU.
The Scarlet Knights finished the 2005 season with a 7-5 overall record, their best mark since the 1992 campaign (7-4). RU made its second bowl appearance in program history, coming up just short in a 45-40 shootout loss to Arizona State at the Insight Bowl Dec. 27 in Phoenix, AZ. RU will return 16 of 25 starters and 44 of 62 letterwinners from that 2005 bowl team for the 2006 campaign.