November 11, 2007

Back on track

The Scarlet Knights got back on the winning track with a 41-6 drubbing of Army. Ray Rice powered the offense while a smothering defense held Army to three first downs until the game's final few minutes. Jabu Lovelace took over the controls from Mike Teel after the incumbent signal caller pulled himself out of the game in the first quarter.

"My thumb started off sore, but it was all right to play," said Teel. "I did something to it but I don't know what. Then, I couldn't throw the ball. You have to know what's good for the football team because you can't physically do it. Physically, I knew I couldn't do it."

The injury has been an ongoing problem for Teel since he first hurt it against Cincinnati. After Friday Night's win, Teel assessed how his thumb was doing.

"It's the second worse it's felt this year. The worst was South Florida."

Backup quarterback Jabu Lovelace stepped in and carried the ball 23 times in Teel's absence. This might have been one of the most opportune times of the season to make the switch as Rutgers kept the ball on the ground for most of the night. Nonetheless, Lovelace was already expecting to see more action than he has in the past.

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