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November 18, 2012 | Associated Press
CINCINNATI - With another shutdown performance by its defense, No. 22 Rutgers stayed in control of the Big East. Reserve running back Savon Huggins had a career-high 179 yards, and the Scarlet Knights shut down the league's highest-scoring offense for a 10-3 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday that left Rutgers alone in first place. Rutgers (9-1, 5-0) knocked the Bearcats out of the race and maintained its one-game lead over No. 20 Louisville, which was idle. The Scarlet Knights finish with games at Pittsburgh and home against Louisville.
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March 9, 1989 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tuesday dawned bleakly in the central New Jersey town of Piscataway. The temperature was in the teens, and there were several inches of snow and ice on the ground. But at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, the outlook was sunny and the atmosphere was warmer than at a Wildwood beach in July. By 7 a.m. that day, 2,000 students had gathered in line at the building fondly known as "The RAC" to buy precious tickets to see their Rutgers basketball team play in tonight's championship game of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.
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December 22, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
The Rutgers women's basketball team delivered a message. "Our defense is back," coach C. Vivian stringer said after the No. 15 Scarlet Knights' 72-46 rout of No. 6 UCLA last night. "We demonstrated some stuff to ourselves and sent a message across the country that our defense is going to be as stingy as it was last year. " Rutgers (6-2) was third nationally in scoring defense last year and was ranked sixth this season at 54.6 points per game. The Bruins (5-3), who led the nation by averaging over 80 points per game through the first seven games, had no answers for Rutgers's matchup zone.
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October 16, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Last year, Rutgers nearly upset Syracuse in the Carrier Dome before succumbing to a furious Orange rally that produced two touchdowns in the final three minutes. Yesterday, the Scarlet Knights exacted payback in spades. Corey Barnes returned a blocked punt and a fumble for touchdowns and Mike Teel threw for two scores in leading Rutgers to a 31-9 victory over host Syracuse. Despite perfect playing conditions inside the Carrier Dome, Syracuse (1-5, 0-3 Big East) lost five of nine fumbles and Rutgers (4-2, 2-1)
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March 31, 2000 | By Ashley McGeachy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tasha Pointer chuckled at the question, perhaps because the answer was so simple. What were her memories of her first game against Tennessee? The game when Rutgers got drilled, 92-60, in a Mideast Regional semifinal of the 1998 NCAA women's tournament, and she fouled out with too much time left on the clock? "I don't think I knew all the plays," said Pointer, now a junior. "That was my freshman year. " Along with a lot of things about the Rutgers women's basketball program since Vivian Stringer took over on July 14, 1995, Pointer has evolved.
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March 6, 1991 | By Mel Greenberg, Special to The Inquirer
A month ago, Rutgers senior guard Lynn Ust was lost for the season in a game at Penn State when she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. Since then, the Scarlet Knights' opportunities for postseason success have dimmed; they've lost three games and slipped from No. 9 to No. 18 in the weekly coaches' poll. "It's not so much what she did offensively, but she was the glue to our attack," Rutgers coach Theresa Grentz said last week. "She kept everyone calm, she gave us leadership and she played tough defense.
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November 13, 2009 | By Rich Fisher FOR THE INQUIRER
South Florida insisted it owed Rutgers revenge after three consecutive losses, but the No. 23 Bulls played last night as if they owed the Scarlet Knights a favor instead. Cardinal O'Hara graduate Tom Savage threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns, and San San Te kicked three field goals as the Scarlet Knights topped USF, 31-0, in front of 48,057 at Rutgers Stadium. In getting shut out during the regular season for the first time in its 13-year history, South Florida (6-3, 2-3 Big East Conference)
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February 8, 2006 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cappie Pondexter hit two foul shots with 7.8 seconds remaining last night to end years of Rutgers frustration here with a 60-56 win over No. 4 Connecticut. It was only the third victory by the Scarlet Knights in the 22-game series between the two Big East and national powers, but Rutgers (18-3, 10-0 conference) had never beaten the Huskies in Gampel Pavilion or in nearby Hartford. The teams will meet again later this month in Piscataway, N.J., and possibly soon thereafter in the Big East tournament in Hartford.
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February 19, 1990 | By Donald Hunt, Special to The Inquirer
Former Pennsbury High star Mike Jones didn't expect to be a factor in his first season on Rutgers' basketball team. However, Jones, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound freshman guard, has started for the Scarlet Knights most of the season. "It's been a pretty good year for me," Jones said. "I'm not averaging a lot of points (3.3) and rebounds (1.1) a game. But I've been starting and getting about 16 minutes a game. "I wasn't sure about my playing time. Rutgers had some fine guards coming back from last year's team, which won the Atlantic 10 Conference championship.
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April 1, 2006 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fred Hill Jr. is at the Final Four again this year, rubbing shoulders with colleagues and counterparts from around the country. The 47-year-old Hill just joined the fraternity on Monday. When the Verona, N.J., native arrived in Indianapolis on Tuesday, he was a first-time head coach whose new job at Rutgers satisfied a career goal. An added bonus is that Hill's father, Fred Hill Sr., is in his 23d season as the Scarlet Knights' baseball coach. "Growing up in New Jersey, Rutgers was the state university, and I always thought it could be a good job," said Hill, who attended Verona High and Montclair State.
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September 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Christian Hackenberg spent most of an electric night at Rutgers running for his life, or scrambling out of trouble, or throwing the football with a Scarlet Knights lineman hanging on to his ankles. But when it counted, the Penn State sophomore hit a pair of clutch passes, including a 23-yarder to Geno Lewis to the 6-yard line. That set up Bill Belton's touchdown run with 1 minute, 13 seconds to play, giving the Nittany Lions a come-from-behind, 13-10 victory Saturday night over Rutgers.
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September 15, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - As the Rutgers marching band reached the front of High Point Solutions Stadium, fans filling the driveway cleared a path. It all felt like big-time college football as the band stopped to play the fight song. A man in a rain slicker held up a sign: "We Believe That We Belong. " Not exactly a rousing manifesto, but appropriate for how Rutgers got started Saturday night in the Big Ten. Not too big of a claim: We're here, and we won't be embarrassed. Oddsmakers had this one right, to the point.
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September 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Penn State's players from New Jersey like Bill Belton, Brandon Bell, and Angelo Mangiro, coming back to the Garden State for one of the most historic games in the annals of Rutgers football and winning could not have been sweeter. Belton (Winslow Township High) raced 5 yards for a touchdown thanks to a terrific block by Mangiro, a junior center from Roxbury, N.J., with 1 minute, 13 seconds to play Saturday to give the Nittany Lions a 13-10 victory over the Scarlet Knights in the teams' Big Ten opener at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. Bell, a sophomore linebacker from Oakcrest High, had an interception in the fourth quarter, one of five thrown by Gary Nova.
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September 14, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The atmosphere created by the mix of a night game in front of a sellout crowd of more than 53,000 at High Point Solutions Stadium and a visiting traditional Eastern power is going to be electric. Penn State coach James Franklin has been asked more than a few times during the week whether the Nittany Lions will be ready to match the emotion of Rutgers when the two teams meet on what should be a special Saturday night in Piscataway, N.J. His answer always has been the same, that the Lions prepare the same way for every opponent, no matter how close it is in terms of mileage or its ranking or the fact that it's a Big Ten member.
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September 13, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood and Penn State coach James Franklin deserve some applause for doing their little part to hype Saturday night's football game. Franklin got in the first shot in the spring, calling New Jersey (and Maryland) in-state recruiting territory for the Nittany Lions. Flood got the last word, often declining to put the words Penn and State together in the lead-up, preferring The team from Pennsylvania. That does have a kind of rhythmic charm. It's coincidental, by the way, that the Scarlet Knights open their life in the Big Ten Conference against TTFP.
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September 12, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - When Paul James arrived for his first training camp as a walk-on at Rutgers, he realized it would be a long climb to where he wanted to be. "I think I was, like, sixth on the depth chart at running back," James said earlier this week. "I didn't really get a lot of reps there. But I got my opportunity on scout team - kick returner and running back. That's where I found the opportunity to show what I could do. " James redshirted that first year and carried the football just five times the next.
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September 12, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - You don't need a cartographer to confirm the obvious: Penn State is a school in Pennsylvania. However, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is driving home the point by not referring to Penn State as, well, Penn State. Rather, the third-year head coach uses terms like "the team from Pennsylvania" or "the neighbor to the west. " Penn State coach James Franklin took the high road Tuesday, saying he is "good about" Flood's comments. He also said he has a lot of respect for the coach.
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September 11, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Five times James Franklin hammered home what he wanted to talk about at his weekly news conference Tuesday, but he still had justifiable doubts about his attempt to steer the conversation. "I would like to talk about Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers and then maybe a little bit more about Rutgers," Franklin said as he addressed the media for the first time since the NCAA's announcement that the team's bowl ban had been lifted. "It's probably not going to happen, though.
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September 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers is excited to make its Big Ten Conference debut Saturday night against Penn State. But for some of the Scarlet Knights' Pennsylvania players, the opportunity is absolutely exhilarating. "I'm pretty excited about this game," fifth-year senior offensive tackle Taj Alexander, a Downingtown East graduate, said Monday. "I've been around Penn State fans my whole life. I hadn't had a chance to play that team in the four years I've been here, so it's pretty exciting to play a team you grew up around.
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July 30, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Rutgers defensive tackle Darius Hamilton didn't seem fazed in the least when he was informed that the vast majority of offensive linemen in his team's new conference - the Big Ten - are built along the lines of corn-fed Midwestern cattle. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, the junior from West Paterson, N.J., who led the Scarlet Knights last season with 111/2 tackles for loss, has been accustomed to facing bigger opponents. "I can honestly say that I've never been the biggest guy," Hamilton said Monday during Rutgers' debut at Big Ten football media days.
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