Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pandemonium in Piscataway Part II [J. Mark English]

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have done it again, one year later. The University of South Florida came in undefeated and ranked number 2 in the nation. Similarly, last year it was the Louisville Cardinals that came in to Piscataway undefeated with a high ranking. Just like last year, the Scarlet Knights came away with the upset.

Chris Carlin coined the term last year with his exclamation at the end of his broadcast on WOR with, "pandemonium in Piscataway!!!" The Rutger faithful can once again make this celebrate with madness.

Rutgers took down USF by the score of 30-27. Ray Rice ran for 181 yards, showing that he is truly the toast of the Scarlet Knights. His 39 carries demonstrates just how much of a war horse he will be in the NFL. Mike Teel did just enough not to screw up, and helped manage an efficient offense against one of the best defenses in the nation.

The only difference between last year and this year, is that last year Rutgers came out of no-where. This year there should be bitter sweetness to Rutgers season. They lost two winnable games at home against Maryland and Cincinnati. If they had won both of those games, they could be ranked in the top 5 right now.

The topsy-turvy season continues in college football. Its hard to remember a season with so many upsets. Think about this season so have Appalachian State shocking Michigan, Stamford upsetting USC, Kentucky defeating LSU, Oregon over Cal, and now Rutgers taking down USF.

What a roller-coaster. Enjoy the ride folks.

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