Norfolk State at Rutgers

Posted: September 15, 2007

Today at 3:30 p.m., Rutgers Stadium

TV/Radio: MSG-ESPN Regional; WENJ-AM (1450), WOR-AM (710).

Records: Norfolk State, 1-0; Rutgers, 2-0.

The buzz: Norfolk State of the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) is playing its first Division I-A opponent since starting football 10 years ago, and coach Pete Adrian raised some eyebrows by commenting that he would rather be playing Michigan than Rutgers. . . . As many eyes may be on the stands today as on the field. In last week's win over Navy, a handful of Rutgers fans booed and shouted vulgarities at the Mids, forcing athletic director Bob Mulcahy and president Richard McCormick to issue public apologies to the Naval Academy.

Last week: No. 13 Rutgers continued its balanced attack, rushing for 210 yards and passing for 266 in a 41-24 win over Navy. Tailback Ray Rice set the school's career rushing record. The Scarlet Knights committed 11 penalties for 100 yards.

Next week: Rutgers has a bye before hosting Maryland.

Scouting report: With the Knights holding a distinct talent advantage, all they need do is play near their ability to bring down Norfolk State. This is a case of each team setting its individual goals to achieve within the game. The Spartans possess some strong athletes for the Division I-AA level but are out of their league against a nationally ranked I-A program.

- Rich Fisher

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