September 18, 2007

The Ray Rice Report

The numbers seemed to give them a fighting chance. The three-man defensive line of Norfolk State averaged 294 pounds versus the front five of Rutgers who came in a shade over at 296. Yet, the class of the Scarlet Knights was apparent, paving the way for an impressive first half by Ray Rice.

His first plays of significance came after two stalled initial drives saw a mixture of Rice and a failure to establish the passing game. The third drive resulted in the first score of the game as Rice shouldered the burden, his four carries resulting in all the 17 yards the team would grind out.

Yet it was a quiet first half for Rice, who saw the ball sparingly as Teel began to warm up. Up 17-0, a 65-yard completion to Tiquan Underwood set up Rice for his first score of the game. Following a Norfolk State penalty, Rice carried the ball to his right - with the Spartans defense closing, he quickly stopped on a dime and went left, finding open space as he wheeled in for a score. The scamper, his first touchdown on the day, was Rice's sixth rushing score of the season.

Rice would get another tally, his 33rd of his career and second on the day. Once again following a Spartans penalty, Rice rumbled in from close to the goal line. With the score, #27 moved into a tie for sixth place in Big East history in all-time scoring. The two yard run capped a four-play, 42 yard drive.

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