PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rutgers sophomore tailback Ray Rice (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and junior place-kicker Jeremy Ito (Loma Linda, Calif.) collected weekly awards from the BIG EAST Conference on Monday. Rice was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after 202 rushing yards and two touchdowns at South Florida while Ito was named the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week for his three field goals vs. the Bulls.
It marked the second time this season Rice was named the conference's offensive player of the week.
Rice finished with 35 carries for 202 yards and two touchdowns in Rutgers' 22-20 victory at USF on Sept. 29. It was his seventh straight game of 100 or more yards dating back to last season, tying the school mark held by "JJ" Jennings (1972-73). Rice also tied Jennings' school record with his third 200-yard rushing performance.
For the season, Rice has 806 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Ito played a key role in Rutgers' 22-20 win at USF, accounting for 10 of the Scarlet Knights' 22 points. He made field goals of 32, 40 and 53 yards. The 53-yarder was a career high and the second longest in school history. For the season, Ito has made 6-of-8 field goal attempts.
Rutgers, ranked No. 23 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25, is idle this week. The Scarlet Knights return to action Saturday, October 14 at Navy. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and the game will be televised live to a national audience on CSTV.