Sophomore quarterback Tom Savage was touted before the season as the upcoming star who would lead Rutgers, but after two mediocre outings in closer-than-expected wins over such "powerhouses" as Norfolk State and Florida International, Scarlet Knights head coach Greg Schiano has decided to put the ball in the hands of his best playmaker -- wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.

But it's not Savage who is delivering the ball to Sanu most of the time. Center Howard Barbieri is snapping it to Sanu, who is lining up in the shotgun as quarterback about half the time today against North Carolina. Sanu's 10-yard touchdown run gave Rutgers a 10-0 first-quarter lead, but Savage threw an interception that was returned 55 yards by Tar Heel linebacker Bruce Carter to the Knights' 28-yard line. That set up a 1-yard TD run by Johnny White that cut Rutgers' lead to 10-7 at the half.

Sanu has nine carries for 33 yards and the TD, completed the only pass he threw for a seven-yard gain and has caught six passes for another 44 yards. Savage is 10 of 16 for 101 yards. Rutgers should have a much bigger lead after picking up two fumbles and also getting the ball at Carolina's 38 after a botched punt snap. But Savage's interception killed one drive, and kicker San San Te missed wide left on a 38-yard field goal attempt.

The bright spot on defense for the Scarlet Knights has been defensive tackle Scott Vallone, the Central Islip resident who starred at St. Anthony's. He has sacked Heels QB T.J. Yates twice. After the last one, Rutgers took Vallone out in an obvious pass-rushing situation on third-and-long. They might want to reconsider that strategy.
 

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