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INTERNATIONAL BOWL AT TORONTO ONTARIO

Final

Rutgers 52

(8-5, 3-2 away)

Ball State 30

(7-6, 3-3 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

12:00 PM ET, January 5, 2008

1 2 3 4 T
RUTG 14 10 14 1452
BALL 3 6 7 1430

Top Performers

Passing: N. Davis (BALL) - 291 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: R. Rice (RUTG) - 35 CAR, 280 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: D. Love (BALL) - 13 REC, 169 YDS, 1 TD

Rice's 4 TD performance leads Rutgers to 2nd straight bowl victory

TORONTO (AP) -- Ray Rice ran over Ball State and through the 2,000-yard barrier, giving Rutgers its second postseason win in the school's 138-year history and leaving the Scarlet Knights wondering if he'll scamper off to the NFL.

The junior, who kept mum on his plans for the draft, ran for 280 yards and four touchdowns, including a career-long 90-yarder to lift the Scarlet Knights to a 52-30 win over the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday.

"I've been around some great running backs, both in college football and the National Football League," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "This guy, what he did today, was second to none. It's an amazing performance."

A Side Of Rice
Rutgers
Rutgers' Ray Rice didn't even have the best rushing performance of the 2008 bowl season, but his 280 yards in the International Bowl was the third all-time best rushing yardage in a bowl game.
Player
Bowl
Yards
P.J. Daniels, Georgia Tech2004 Humanitarian307
Tony Temple, Missouri2008 Cotton281
Ray Rice, Rutgers2008 International280*
James Gray, Texas Tech1989 All-American280
Curtis Dickey, Texas A&M1978 Hall of Fame276
* Rutgers single-game record

Rutgers (8-5), which played the first college football game, hadn't won a bowl game before last year. Now the program has won two in a row, following a 37-10 win over Kansas State in the 2006 Texas Bowl, another blowout.

Ball State (7-6), meanwhile, is still waiting for its first bowl win in six tries.

"Obviously we're disappointed in the outcome," Ball State coach Brady Hoke said. "We gave up some big plays and when you give up big plays, either running the football or with balls over your head, it kills the flow of the team."

Rice, whose 25 touchdowns this season are a school record, has yet to announce whether he'll skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Players who choose to declare for the draft must do so by Jan. 15.

"Me and coach will sit down once we get back to New Jersey and decide on that," was all Rice would say.

Schiano has already made a similar decision. After speaking with Michigan about the Wolverines' job opening in December, Schiano stayed with Rutgers.

Rice made that decision look wise on Saturday.

On the Scarlet Knights' first drive of the third quarter, Rice took the ball at his own 10-yard line, broke through the line of scrimmage and raced down the left sideline, fighting off two tacklers before diving into the end zone.

"That was the longest run of my life," Rice said with a laugh. "I'm talking about Pop Warner, high school, everything."

Even quarterback Mike Teel didn't expect Rice to make it all the way.

"I was way behind, jogging, figuring he was going to get tackled," Teel said. "Then all of a sudden I hear the crowd go crazy and he takes off down the sideline and puts it in the end zone. I didn't think he had it in him. That's pretty darn good."

Rice ended the third with a 12-yard run, making him the first Big East player to break 2,000 yards. Rice's 2,012 yards this season are behind only Central Florida's Kevin Smith and Tulane's Matt Forte.

Rice has gone over 100 yards in a school-record eight straight games.

"When it's all said and done, Ray's going to be known as one of the greatest players in Rutgers history," senior offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah said. "Just being part of his whole career and helping him accomplish what he has, has been great."

Rutgers fans chanted "One more year!" after Rice's fourth touchdown run on a one-yard dive late in the third.

"It's always great to know your fans are behind you," Rice said. "They made me feel warm out there. I even got a little emotional at the thought of them caring for me so much."

Facing a Ball State defense ranked 99th in the nation against the run, Rice set the tone early, running left for a 21-yard gain on Rutgers' first play from scrimmage.

"That's been an Achilles' heel for us," Hoke said of his team's inability to stop the run. "We just couldn't fit the defense right."

Five plays later, Teel found Tim Brown wide open over the middle for a 36-yard touchdown pass as Rutgers took an early 7-0 lead.

Rice made it 14-0 on Rutgers' third possession, carrying the ball four straight times and finishing a six play, 70-yard drive with a 1-yard run.

Rice did it all by himself on a second-quarter touchdown drive, rushing five times and catching an eight-yard pass from Teel, before another 1-yard plunge gave Rutgers a 24-6 lead.

Teel completed 16 of 25 attempts for 303 yards and three touchdowns, including a 35-yard scoring strike to Tiquan Underwood in the fourth.

Teel set a school record with his 20th TD pass of the season, a 47-yarder to Kenny Britt at 4:21 of the fourth.

"I really expected Mike to have a great game," Schiano said of Teel, who had been bothered by a sore hand. "He's finally back to feeling healthy and was whipping it in practice."

Britt finished with six catches for 125 yards.

Dante Love scored Ball State's first touchdown on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Nate Davis in the third. Tight end Darius Hill caught two TD passes in the fourth.

Davis completed 25 of 49 for 291 yards and three touchdowns but was sacked seven times.

"He's tough," Schiano said of Davis. "Our guys hit him a lot and he just kept scraping himself off the turf and playing."

Love caught 13 passes for 169 yards and Ian McGarvey kicked three field goals for the Cardinals.

The International Bowl is the only NCAA Division I football game played outside the United States. Cincinnati beat Western Michigan 27-24 in last year's event.

Game notes


Rutgers has three Canadians on the roster. Senior DE Jamaal Westerman and freshman WR Jawaan Westerman are both from Brampton, Ontario, and sophomore DE Jonathan Pierre-Etienne is from Montreal. ... Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis attended the game, as did a handful of CFL scouts. ... Attendance was 31,455. ... In 1869, Rutgers beat Princeton 6-4 in the first college football game in history.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RUTG
BALL
1st Downs2527
Total Yards595460
Passing303291
Rushing292169
Penalties6-583-25
3rd Down Conversions8-127-15
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers11
Possession30:0129:59

Passing Leaders

RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Teel16/2530312.131
Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis25/492915.930

Rushing Leaders

RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rice352808.0490
Robinson4143.508
Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clancy12988.2036
Davis13382.9023

Receiving Leaders

RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Britt612520.8147
Underwood37224.0135
Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Love1316913.0134
Hill9899.9222

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRUTGBALL
TD12:29Tim Brown 36 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (Jeremy Ito Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 72 yds, 2:31
70
TD02:14Ray Rice 1 Yd Run (Jeremy Ito Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 70 yds, 2:21
140
FG00:35Ian Mcgarvey 47 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 55 yds, 1:29
143
SECOND QUARTERRUTGBALL
FG11:16Jeremy Ito 53 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 48 yds, 4:13
173
FG06:50Ian Mcgarvey 24 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 73 yds, 4:26
176
TD00:40Ray Rice 1 Yd Run (Jeremy Ito Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 40 yds, 2:07
246
FG00:00Ian Mcgarvey 32 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 37 yds, :31
249
THIRD QUARTERRUTGBALL
TD11:13Ray Rice 90 Yd Run (Jeremy Ito Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 98 yds, 1:36
319
TD09:43Dante Love 10 Yd Pass From Nate Davis (Ian Mcgarvey Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 78 yds, 1:23
3116
TD02:42Ray Rice 1 Yd Run (Jeremy Ito Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 2:16
3816
FOURTH QUARTERRUTGBALL
TD10:02Darius Hill 6 Yd Pass From Nate Davis (Ian Mcgarvey Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 83 yds, 3:25
3823
TD09:55Tiquan Underwood 35 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (Jeremy Ito Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 35 yds, :07
4523
TD04:21Kenny Britt 47 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (Jeremy Ito Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 55 yds, 1:45
5223
TD02:05Darius Hill 1 Yd Pass From Nate Davis (Ian Mcgarvey Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 72 yds, 2:07
5230