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POST SEASON AWARDS BANQUET
The 64th annual Rutgers Touchdown Club Football Awards Banquet will be held on Sunday December 8th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown New Brunswick. The reception will begin with cocktails at 5:00 p.m. with dinner and the awards program at 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending please contact Pat English at the football office at 732-445-6217. If you are interested an advertisement of booster ad, please call Doug Dolan at 973-334-6051.

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He didn’t have the dramatic first-year turnaround that head coach Tyrone Willingham experienced at Notre Dame this year. And he hasn’t taken his team to the upper echelon of the college ranks with an appearance in the Bowl Championship Series.
But quietly and steadily, sixth-year coach Tom O’Brien has established the kind of winning program at Boston College that is the envy of many.
Revitalized BC program envy of Rutgers

Like many players and classes before him, Gary Brackett joined the Rutgers football team in 1998 hoping to pull a long woebegone program out of the doldrums of six-straight losing seasons and no postseason appearances since 1978’s Garden State Bowl.
Brackett, along with tight end L.J. Smith, defensive tackle Greg Pyszczymuka, cornerback DeWayne Thompson and punter Mike Barr, were part of the 1998 team that went an encouraging 5-6. Only Barr played that season, replacing punter Charlie Titus for three games before redshirting the next season.
SENIORS STRIVE FOR FINAL WIN

Rutgers is coming off a 42-0 loss at No. 8 Notre Dame last Saturday - the fourth ranked opponent for the Scarlet Knights this season - while BC registered a 36-14 win at Temple.
The two teams met in Piscataway last season on Nov. 17 as BC registered a 38-7 win. In that game, BC jumped out to a 28-0 second quarter lead before a 70-yard INT return for a touchdown by Nate Jones provided Rutgers with its lone score.
RUTGERS (1-10, 0-6 BIG EAST) at BOSTON COLLEGE (7-4, 2-4 BE)

Bob Mulcahy knows every grim number.
He knows that Rutgers carries a 21-game Big East losing streak into Saturday's final game at Boston College. He knows the team can match the school record for losses in a season with another defeat against the Eagles. And he knows the man he handpicked two years ago to turn the program around is 3-19 so far -- the second-worst start by a coach in the school's 133 years of football.
Mulcahy backs Schiano

Quietly and with little national attention -- reflective, perhaps of his low-key personality -- Boston College coach Tom O'Brien has built a consistent winner in tony Chestnut Hill. If the Eagles (7-4 overall) beat Rutgers at home on Saturday, it will mark the first time the program has had four straight winning seasons since 1974-77 and will give Boston College the most victories over a four-year span since 1982-85.
In addition, this group of seniors is expected to become the first at Boston College to play in four straight bowl games.
O'Brien, Boston College steady as they go ... up

Disorderly conduct charges against four Rutgers football players were dismissed yesterday when they pleaded guilty to violating New Brunswick's loitering ordinance.
The players were each fined $80 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service for being part of a rowdy group of 15 people who police said tore down a street sign in New Brunswick at 2:20 a.m. on July 27.
Players guilty of loitering

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Around the Big East

The Mountaineers' 21-18 victory last week against Virginia Tech, their first over a ranked team since 1998, has them one win from finishing second in the Big East. Not bad for a team that was seventh a year ago.
West Virginia's formula -- a tough tailback duo and stifling run defense -- is relatively simple, but few have been able to stop it, allowing the team to improve from 3-8 last season to 8-3. Avon Cobourne, the league's all-time leading rusher, has run for 1,489 yards. Backup Quincy Wilson has had at least 90 yards in five games. Sophomore quarterback Rasheed Marshall has 11 rushing touchdowns.
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