October 7, 2007

Rutgers Notebook

PISCATWAY, N.J.- Who knew that the mantra used by Rutgers coach Greg Schiano would spill into the locker room of his newest rival.

After No. 20 Cincinnati (6-0) parlayed last year's 30-11 upset of a top-10 Rutgers team into another thrilling triumph, 28-23, junior defensive end Anthony Hoke said Bearcats coach Brian Kelly was glad his team never gave up in front of a ESPN2 broadcast and 43,768 fans at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway.

"We have a good defense," said Hoke, one part of a disruptive defensive front last night that contained Ray Rice to 30 yards in the first half and just a 2.8 average per carry for the game. The secondary added to their interception total, picking of Teel three times. The Bearcats have 16 on the season.

"We knew if we played together - keep ticking, and keep choppin' the wood -that's what coach just said (in the locker room), we'd come together (at the end.)"

Stopping the run was again the key in stopping Rutgers. Rice had little room all night and finished with an ineffective 106 yards rushing and touchdown, a 1-yard plunge to give him 35 and the most in Rutgers history.

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