Saturday, November 19, 2011
Halftime: Rutgers 10, Cincinnati 3
By Andrea Adelson
Rutgers has absolutely dominated the first half against Big East-leading Cincinnati and leads at halftime, 10-3.
The Bearcats have simply been ineffective with new starter Munchie Legaux. His passes have been off, Rutgers is keying on stopping Isaiah Pead and receivers have had some critical drops. Cincinnati has played very conservatively with Zach Collaros out, and that is understandable. Rutgers has had the perfect game plan on defense, knowing that the Bearcats would try to rely more on the run.
Cincinnati has 3 first downs; Legaux is 2-of-8 for 7 yards, and Pead has 28 total yards. The Bearcats have had 16 carries, eight pass attempts and one critical mistake. Legaux fumbled on the first possession of the game, and Rutgers turned that into a 12-yard touchdown from Jeremy Deering.
If you are a Rutgers fan, you probably feel the Scarlet Knights should be up by more than just a touchdown. Indeed, Rutgers has had the ball twice as long as Cincinnati has. Perhaps the most stinging drive was a 23-play series that lasted 9:37. Rutgers drove all the way to the Cincinnati 1, but the Bearcats came up with a huge play on first-and-goal, forcing Michael Burton into a 4-yard loss. The Scarlet Knights had to settle for a 19-yard field goal.
Then on its final possession before the half, Rutgers drove to the Cincinnati 30 before Chas Dodd was sacked and a personal foul penalty took the team out of field goal range. Still, Rutgers has the lead and appears to be in control in this game. If Rutgers wins, Cincinnati would no longer control its Big East destiny and the Scarlet Knights would move into a tie for first.