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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Six-for-six: Rutgers' Kemoko Turay's blocked field goal against Michigan becomes iconic

(AP photo)
By Tyler Barto 
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a six-part entry series each day in which Rutgers players reflect on their first season in the Big Ten. 

Each post will cover a different topic of the season. Today, six review the best play or moment of the season. See Part 1 and Part 2 here.

When Rutgers aligned in its house formation with three minutes left Oct. 4 against Michigan, Kemoko Turay knew he'd come up with the game-winning block.

An image of the 6-foot-6 Turay at a Michigan lineman's waist level became nationally circulated. It also served as several players' most iconic moment of the season.

Gary Nova: "The first play against Washington State to Leonte (Carroo) and the Kemoko blocked field goal against Michigan. I'm sitting on the bench with Leonte and praying for him to miss it, then he blocks it. That's just a great memory."

Kaleb Johnson: "I'd definitely say after the Michigan game, with the fans storming the field. I've never been a part of anything like that. I was just excited for everybody."

Darius Hamilton: "For me, I would have to say the stop on third down against Maryland was pretty surreal. I think that was pretty crazy for me. For another play or moment, it would have to be Penn State, being out there with Julian (Pinnix-Odrick) on third downs. I've seen him come a long way and to see the amount of fun he was having that night coming off an injury, it was just great to see."

Revisiting Rutgers' impressive offensive display against Michigan

Michael Burton: "I think one of them would definitely have to be Kemoko's block against Michigan — that was obviously a great play. Then you look at (Jonathan) Aiken's pass deflection versus Washington State. Those plays right there were game changers."

Kevin Snyder: "I would say the blocked field goal against Michigan. That's a pretty big one. Unbelievable."

Leonte Carroo: "Kemoko's blocked field goal versus Michigan. I just remember Gary and I were on the bench and we actually locked arms and had our heads down. We didn't want to look, and then we heard 'doom, doom' and the crowd going crazy. Then we got up and started going crazy."

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