Scores

Final

Rutgers 38

(4-2, 1-1 Big Ten)

Syracuse 14

(1-6, 1-2 ACC)

12:00 PM ET, October 13, 2007

Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY

1 2 3 4 T
RUTG 7 17 0 1438
SYR 14 0 0 014

Top Performers

Passing: M. Teel (RUTG) - 310 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Rice (RUTG) - 36 CAR, 196 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: K. Britt (RUTG) - 6 REC, 176 YDS, 1 TD

Rutgers 38, Syracuse 14

Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Ray Rice ran for 196 yards and three touchdowns and Rutgers ended a two-game losing streak with a 38-14 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.

Rice scored on TD runs of 7, 1 and 2 yards for the Scarlet Knights (4-2, 1-1 Big East), who dropped out of the Top 25 after last week's loss to Cincinnati. Kenny Britt chipped in with six catches for 176 yards and one TD, helping Rutgers overcome an early 14-0 deficit in its first road game.

Syracuse (1-6, 1-2), a week after allowing the most points ever in a home game -- a 55-14 loss to West Virginia -- started strong but allowed too many big plays.

Behind Mike Teel's passes to Britt and the power running of Rice, Rutgers scored 24 straight points to close the first half. Meanwhile, the defense sacked quarterback Andrew Robinson six times and held the Orange scoreless after the first nine minutes.

Rice, with the 18th 100-yard game of his career, tied Amos Zereoue of West Virginia for fifth in the Big East with 38 touchdowns.

Teel, who injured the thumb on his throwing hand last week, shook off an interception on his first pass and finished 20-of-29 for 310 yards.

Linebacker Ben Maljovec intercepted Teel's pass in the left flat and returned it 52 yards to the Rutgers 21-yard line. Two plays later, Robinson hit Mike Williams on the left side at the 12, and he scored to give Syracuse a 7-0 lead two minutes into the game.

The Orange moved ahead 14-0 after forcing the Scarlet Knights to punt. Robinson hit tight end Jawad Nesheiwat for 38 yards to start the drive and Curtis Brinkley completed it with a 15-yard TD run.

Rutgers retaliated late in the first quarter. Teel hit Britt in the right flat, and he outmuscled cornerback Nick Chestnut for 40 yards to set up Rice's 7-yard TD run.

Rice scored again early in the second on a 1-yard run to tie it at 14-all. The score was set up by a blocked punt by Devin McCourty, who stormed through the middle of the line untouched. Julian Hayes fell on the ball as he rolled into the end zone but was ruled down at the 1.

Rutgers scored again after Syracuse failed to gain a first down on its third straight possession. Teel hit the 6-foot-4 Britt for 21 yards, and two plays later Britt scored on a 42-yard catch-and-run over the middle, easily shaking off a tackle attempt after catching the ball inside the 30-yard line.

Britt's 41-yard reception on a flea-flicker helped set up a 25-yard field goal by Jeremy Ito to give Rutgers a 24-14 halftime lead.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, though Syracuse twice drove inside the Rutgers 40. Courtney Greene made a touchdown-saving tackle at the Rutgers 35 after a 19-yard gain by Brinkley, who finished with a season-high 98 yards rushing. But the drive stalled and the Scarlet Knights held on a fourth-and-6 play.

Rice quickly made Syracuse pay. He gained 22 yards on the second play of the fourth quarter and scored from the 2 to give Rutgers a 31-14 lead.

Jonathan Freeny intercepted Robinson's tipped pass on Syracuse's next possession and Teel hit tight end Kevin Brock for a 32-yard touchdown on the next play.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RUTG
SYR
1st Downs2316
Total Yards538270
Passing310158
Rushing228112
Penalties12-787-55
3rd Down Conversions8-154-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers12
Possession33:3726:23

Passing Leaders

RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Teel20/2931010.721
SyracuseC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Robinson15/321584.911

Rushing Leaders

RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rice361965.4328
Robinson6294.8017
SyracuseCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brinkley16986.1129
Hogue3144.7013

Receiving Leaders

RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Britt617629.3142
Brock34715.7132
SyracuseRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nesheiwat48120.3038
Williams4287.0116

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRUTGSYR
TD13:00Mike Williams 16 Yd Pass From Andrew Robinson (Patrick Shadle Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 21 yds, :51
07
TD06:22Curtis Brinkley 15 Yd Run (Patrick Shadle Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 84 yds, 3:14
014
TD02:52Ray Rice 7 Yd Run (Jeremy Ito Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 56 yds, 3:30
714
SECOND QUARTERRUTGSYR
TD13:45Ray Rice 1 Yd Run (Jeremy Ito Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 1 yds, :04
1414
TD07:55Kenny Britt 42 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (Jeremy Ito Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 65 yds, 1:34
2114
FG01:26Jeremy Ito 25 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 73 yds, 4:31
2414
FOURTH QUARTERRUTGSYR
TD14:16Ray Rice 2 Yd Run (Jeremy Ito Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 69 yds, 1:14
3114
TD13:03Kevin Brock 32 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (Jeremy Ito Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 32 yds, :05
3814