August 31, 2007

Rutgers vs Buffalo notebook

Rutgers kicked off its 2007 season in front of 43,091 fans with 38-3 mauling of Buffalo. Mike Teel and Tiquan Underwood both set personal bests and Ray Rice flirted with the 200 yard mark. Here's a look at some of what went on under the lights in Piscataway.

Offensive Line steps up

The offensive line seemed as though they gave Mike Teel an unlimited amount of time to find his favorite receivers. Similarly, they cleared monstrous holes for Heisman Trophy candidate Ray Rice.

"The defense has to pick their poison," said Jeremy Zuttah. "If they want to stack up against Ray, Ty and Kenny have proven that they're playmakers out there. It's nice to have that kind of balance. Ray and Mike are like brothers to me. I take a lot of pride in keeping them on their feet and letting them do what they do. Our attack keeps d-linemen off balance."

What a way to begin

Kordell Young's 56 yard kickoff return to open the season could be a sign of things to come.

"I thought the opening kickoff was a great way to start it," said head coach Greg Schiano. "Hopefully, that's foreshadowing for the rest of the year. I think we have a bunch of guys back there that can hit it."

Into the end zone

On his first touchdown run of the night, Ray Rice didn't have to use the stiff arm that helped him cross the goal line for his second score. All he had to do was follow the hole plowed by his offensive line.

"The first touchdown of the season felt special," said Rice. "We worked so hard this off-season and to see it pay off right away was a great way to start the season. The success we had early on helped with any pre-game jitters we may have had. We were all just so excited to play today and get the season off to a strong start.

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