Monday, September 7, 2009
Halftime review: Cincinnati 31, Rutgers 7
Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Boos rained down on the home team from Rutgers fans as the first half came to a close. Yeah, it has not been a good day so far for the Scarlet Knights.
Best player in the half: Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike. He's done just about everything right, except for a broken screen pass that turned into an interception. But Pike is 20 of 25 for 286 yards and two scores. I feel pretty good about picking him as my Big East offensive player of the year. (Not so good about picking Rutgers to win the league).
Stat of the half: Three. That's how many interceptions Dom Natale has thrown already. Unacceptable from a guy whose main job was to manage the game. I don't see how Rutgers can do anything but play Tom Savage in the second half.
Best call: Take your pick. Brian Kelly has been masterful. My personal favorite were the two Wildcat-like runs by Travis Kelce for a touchdown. Totally unexpected, and very effective. That had to take the wind out of the Scarlet Knights' sails, watching an unknown backup tight end run over them.