One of the hardest hits I’ve ever seen in football. The video clips on ESPN — if you even choose to watch — don’t do justice how vicious and hard that hit was. Thankfully Malcolm Brown walked away from it. It was a collective “ohhhh” from the crowd, and the entire stadium fell completely silent — and that’s a cliched phrase you hear a lot of times, but it was total silence. Really a horrific moment.
Ed Mulholland, who is an outstandingly talented photographer (and Rutgers fan) captured an incredibly moving image of LeGrand’s mother during the time he lay motionless on the field. It actually gives me chills just looking at it.
Just a terrible moment, we are all thinking of him. I’ve already seen many of the Army players posting well-wishes for him today.
The game … billed as the first NCAA match at the mammoth stadium — very deflating. I think anyone who saw it (or listened to it) had to feel it was certainly one that Army should have won. Jared Hassin and Trent Steelman again were great and carried an offense that was excelling in the first half and dormant thereafter; both had over 100 yards rushing against a Rutgers defense that entered the game ranked No. 10 in the nation in run defense.
I thought Steve Erzinger had another big game, and Jarrett Mackey is really making his presence felt now in the pass rush. Mackey, Marcus Hilton, Josh McNary and Mike Gann are a handful for most offenses to handle — Army had eight sacks. We even saw guys like Donnie Dixon getting some good pressure.
Regarding the meltdown — Army earlier this week boasted about being first in the nation in turnovers — Rich Ellerson summed it up fairly well:
“We don’t win the turnover battle and we don’t win the mental game because we have crucial, painful, just excruciating penalties in critical situations.”
One of the best things about shooting in the Meadowlands was the blanket of red fans that created a pink background for almost every photo I took: