Saturday, September 10, 2011
Rutgers hanging close to UNC
By Andrea Adelson
Rutgers is hanging with North Carolina thanks to three defensive turnovers. But Scarlet Knights fans are probably shaking their heads because Rutgers has only converted them into six points.
The first provided the best chance for a touchdown. After Duron Harmon returned an interception to the 2 in the first quarter, Rutgers made it to the goal line but was stuffed. Two throws and a run on the first three downs yielded no points. Rutgers went for it on fourth-and-goal, but DeAntwan Williams was stuffed.
David Rowe recovered two fumbles and Rutgers turned those into two field goals from San San Te. His second was from 50 yards out, tying a career high.
Turnovers are the biggest reason Rutgers is in the game, down 14-6 in the second quarter. Bryn Renner has started 11-of-13 for 189 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The two fumbles off completions certainly were not his fault. He basically has picked up where he left off last week and is threading passes to open receivers. The run defense had been doing a nice job until Giovani Bernard broke through several missed tackles to score on a 60-yard run. Until that dash, UNC had 3 total yards on the ground.
Meanwhile, the Rutgers offense has not been able to do much of anything against a UNC defensive front that has shut down the run and consistently harassed Chas Dodd. Mark Harrison has two critical drops that would have probably been touchdowns.