As everyone predicted, Rutgers pounced on Ball State, defeating them 52-30. The story of the game was Ray Rice.
He was simply it: 4 TDs and 280 yards, including a 90-yard score. Rice ended the season with 2,012 yards. Mike Teel, who has garnered a lot of ridicule from me this season, played brilliantly, with 3 TDs and 303 yards. (Of course, he still had an INT. But, we’ll let that one slide.)
Ray stretches during pre-game warmups.
He just cannot be stopped.
You never really realize how small Ray really is until he’s amongst his teammates.
Hoist the trophy, Coach!
This was the part of the game that made me tear up (what? I’m a mom, too!). His mother was just so proud of him, and when interviewed, could barely summon up the words to describe how she felt. So cute.
During the game, I switched to the Army All-American game, to see to whom Brandon Smith was committing.
He’s a local boy, from New Brunswick, NJ, 20 minutes from my home, and (conveniently) where Rutgers is. Alas, he chose Michigan. Treat him well, SA!
It may have been just an International Bowl victory, but it’s something to build on after a disappointing season. Coming off last year’s 11-2 run, I really expected better things out of a more mature team. Things didn’t work out that way, but next season’s a new season, and the fun starts all over again in September. I cannot wait.