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QUICK HITS: Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13

Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:49 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 6:52 pm

Posted by Chip Patterson

RUTGERS WON. The Scarlet Knights jumped out to a 17-6 halftime lead thanks to some stellar running from Jawan Jamison, and the defense held off a late charge by Iowa State for a 27-13 win in the Pinstripe Bowl.

HOW RUTGERS WON: It didn't matter whether Chas Dodd or Gary Nova was under center for Rutgers, as long as they were handing the ball off to Jawan Jamison. The sophomore running back was a star for the Scarlet Knights on Friday, rushing 27 times for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Iowa State also featured a performance from their backup quarterback, but Steele Jantz' appearance on the Yankee Stadium field more out of necessity. Starting quarterback Jared Barnett sacked by Khaseem Greene early in the second quarter, coughed up the ball and was apparently rattled from the hit. Jantz struggled early but was able to mount a couple of impressive drives into Rutgers' territory to keep things interesting late in the game.

WHEN RUTGERS WON: After Jantz led a scoring drive to cut the Rutgers lead to 20-13, the Scarlet Knights delivered the ultimate answer with a 86 yard touchdown pass from Chas Dodd to Brandon Coleman. Dodd simply tossed the ball deep and high for the 6-foot-6 wide receiver, who used his 11-inch height advantage to pull down the ball over the defender and carry it to the end zone. Much of the emotion and momentum on the Iowa State sideline was erased, as the Cyclones then faced a two-touchdown deficit with less than ten minutes to play.

WHAT RUTGERS WON: Redemption. Finishing the 2010 season with six straight losses led to some serious discontent within the Rutgers community. Head coach Greg Schiano spoke before the season about bringing the toughness back to Rutgers football. Getting things done on the ground, and winning games with defense were the hopes for his 2011 team, and that's exactly how they won the Pinstripe Bowl on Friday.

WHAT IOWA STATE LOST: An opportunity to finish an already successful season with a win. The Cyclones have had a much better season than their 6-7 record indicates, and not just because they knocked off Oklahoma State in arguably the biggest upset of the season. Paul Rhoads has plenty of these pieces coming back next season, but replacing offensive coordinator Tom Herman will be his first and most important offensive challenge. Jared Barnett can have a bright future with the Cyclones, and this overachieving squad will be back for more in 2012.

THAT WAS CRAZY: Anytime you have football in Yankee Stadium it's an odd experience to observe. The fans were right on top of the end zone in some areas, but empty stands behind midfield stood out in the awkwardly attended stadium.

FINAL GRADE: C+. Iowa State fans will walk away with that empty feeling, because of Jared Barnett's injury. Steele Jantz was able to channel some of his early-season success late in the fourth quarter to keep it interesting, but it still doesn't compare to the threat the offense presents with Barnett under center.

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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:10 am

QUICK HITS: Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13

Go to an LSU board you troll. I cannot for the life of me understand the logic of some of you slow-witted SEC fans. You are competing for the championship against other SEC teams. You're not all in it together against every other team outside your conference. You root for one team to victory. If they lose to another team, guess what, it doesn't matter if that team is in your conference or not, you still lost. Get a clue.

As for this game, Rutgers played very well and deserved the win. As a graduate of the college, I'm proud of the team and the way they supported Eric LeGrand throughout his injury and rehab. He deserves to be there with his team.  

P.S. I didn't see you complaining when your LSU team stole a top recruit from Indiana this past week. Yet I bet if a professional team, the Yankees for instance, signed a top player away from another team you'd be 1st in line screaming bloody murder.

SEC fans, especially LSU and 'Bama fans are pathetic.  

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:00 am

QUICK HITS: Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13

So even Rutgers can beat Iowa State, but OSU cannot, and much of the country is clammoring for them to be in the BCS NC game.  I would prefer that Ok State be there also, but the experts knew better. 

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