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Friday, December 30, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13

By Kieran Darcy




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NEW YORK -- A quick take on Rutgers' 27-13 win over Iowa State in the second annual Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

WHAT IT MEANS: Rutgers finishes Year 11 of the Greg Schiano era with a record of 9-4. The Scarlet Knights failed in their bid to win a share of their first Big East championship with an embarrassing loss at UConn on Nov. 26, but bounced back to win their bowl game -- their sixth bowl game in seven seasons, and their fifth straight bowl game win, the longest such streak in the country.

Iowa State finishes its third season under head coach Paul Rhoads at 6-7.

THE SKINNY: Iowa State started out strong, scoring a field goal on the very first possession of the game, forcing a Rutgers three-and-out, and then scoring another field goal on the ensuing possession. But Rutgers woke up after that. Both starting quarterback Chas Dodd and backup Gary Nova engineered lengthy drives that ended with Jawan Jamison touchdown runs, and the Scarlet Knights led 17-6 at intermission.

Neither team accomplished much in the third quarter. Trailing 20-6 early in the fourth, Iowa State finally got back in the game, courtesy of a 76-yard touchdown drive to make it 20-13 -- a drive aided greatly by a defensive holding penalty on a 3rd-and-24 play. But Rutgers answered, on a long bomb from Dodd to Brandon Coleman, who took it to the house for an 86-yard score with 5:47 left.

QB CAROUSEL: Schiano flipped back and forth between Dodd and Nova at quarterback all season long. He did the same thing on Friday, in both halves. Dodd, the sophomore, finished 10-for-17 for 194 yards and the touchdown to Coleman. Nova, the freshman, was 3-for-7 for 20 yards. But the real hero was Jamison, who carried the ball 27 times for 134 yards.

SUPREME LEADER: Rutgers junior wide receiver Mohamed Sanu became the school's all-time leading receiver with 210 career catches, breaking Brian Leonard's record of 207. Sanu finished with six receptions for 80 yards in the game. Now we'll have to wait and see whether Sanu elects to return to Rutgers for his senior season or head to the NFL.

ATMOSPHERE REPORT: The official attendance at Yankee Stadium was 38,328, very similar to last year's total of 38,274. Rutgers naturally had a sizable advantage in terms of fans, but Iowa State sold out its allotment of tickets, too, and packed a few sections down the right-field line. The weather cooperated -- it was 50 degrees and dry at kickoff -- and the crowd was definitely into the game.

DOWNER: Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene, the co-Big East defensive player of the year, was injured late in the fourth quarter and had to be carted off the field. Greene, who led the conference in tackles this season, announced earlier this week that he would be returning to Rutgers for his senior season and putting off the NFL draft one more year.

WHAT'S NEXT: Rutgers and Iowa State are done for the season. The next big game here at The House The Boss Built will be on Friday, April 13 -- the Yankees' home opener, against Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.