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Rutgers Defeats Iowa State, 27-13, in 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl
  • Posted on December 30, 2011 7:05:27 PM
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    NEW YORK (AP) --  Chas Dodd hit Brandon Coleman for an 86-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter and Jawan Jamison ran for two scores to lead Rutgers over Iowa State 27-13 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Friday.

    The Scarlet Knights (9-4) ran their bowl winning streak to five and improved to 2-0 this season at Yankee Stadium, where they beat Army last month. Rutgers, which played in one bowl game before 2005, is 5-1 in the postseason under coach Greg Schiano.

    The Cyclones (6-7) finished the season on a three-game losing streak, their last win coming on Nov. 18 in Ames, Iowa, when they pulled off the biggest upset of the season against Oklahoma State.

    That night Jared Barnett threw for 376 yards. In this game, Steele Jantz relieved Barnett in the second quarter and helped pull the Cyclones within 20-13 in the fourth on Jeff Woody's 20-yard touchdown run with 10:00 left.

    After an exchange of punts left Rutgers deep in its own end, Dodd went deep to Coleman. The 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman went over 5-7 cornerback Jeremy Reeves, then outran the corner to the end zone to make it 27-13 with 5:47 left.

    It was Coleman's only catch, but it turned out to be the play of the game.

    Jamison, another redshirt freshman giving Rutgers fans hope for more bowls to come, finished with 134 yards on 27 carries.

    The Scarlet Knights missed the postseason last year for the first time since 2004, but rebounded this season to challenge for the Big East title behind a defense that came in ranked 14th in the nation.

    There was also some inspiration from a fallen former teammate.

    Eric LeGrand, who was left paralyzed from the shoulders down making a tackle during a game in 2010, went to all the Rutgers home games, worked on the radio broadcasts and was with the team in New York all week leading up to the bowl.

    After the game, as the Scarlet Knights accepted the trophy at midfield, Schiano's acceptance speech was short: "Eric! Eric!" he shouted into the microphone, "this one's for you."

    LeGrand was shown in his wheelchair on the jumbotron, beaming a wide grin and the crowd chanted, "Eric! Eric!"

    Rutgers grabbed a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter when Jamison powered through a tackler and scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

    On the next possession, Iowa State couldn't handle one of Rutgers' many blitzes, and Khaseem Greene and Wayne Warren swarmed and stripped Barnett. Scott Vallone scooped up the fumble and returned it 12 yards to the Iowa State 4. The Cyclones managed to hold Rutgers to San San Te's 21-yard field goal.

    Jantz, who was Iowa State's starter the first half of the season, replaced Barnett after the sack.

    The Cyclones' defense didn't hold up as well on Rutgers' next possession. The Scarlet Knights marched 66 yards, 49 on the ground, and Jamison juked his way into the end zone from 12 yards out to make 17-6.

    Justin Francis finished Rutgers' strong first half by blocking Zach Guyer's 44-yard field goal attempt with 57 seconds left.

    Iowa State jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, with Guyer kicking field goals of 40 and 46 yards on the Cyclones' first two possessions. Inaccurate throws by Barnett were key to stalling each drive.

    The redshirt freshman was 2 for 7 before giving way to Jantz.


    Team Notes

    For the sixth time in seven seasons, Rutgers appeared in a bowl as the Scarlet Knights defeated Iowa State 27-13 in the 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The Scarlet Knights closed out the year 9-4.

    Rutgers owns the nation’s longest active bowl winning streak with five consecutive victories in postseason play. The Scarlet Knights are 5-2 all-time in bowl games and 5-1 under head coach Greg Schiano. As a coach, Schiano is 10-3 in bowl games over his coaching career (68-67).

    It was the program’s seventh overall bowl appearance.

    Rutgers’ Bowl History

    2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Bronx, N.Y.)
    Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13 (Dec. 30, 2011)

    2009 St. Petersburg Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
    Rutgers 45, UCF 24 (Dec. 19, 2009)

    2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.)
    Rutgers 29, NC State 23 (Dec. 29, 2008)

    2008 International Bowl (Toronto, Ontario)
    Rutgers 52, Ball State 30 (Jan. 5, 2008)

    2006 Texas Bowl (Houston, Texas)
    Rutgers 37, Kansas State 10 (Dec. 28, 2006)

    2005 Insight Bowl (Phoenix, Ariz.)
    Arizona State 45, Rutgers 40 (Dec. 27, 2005)

    1978 Garden State Bowl (East Rutherford, N.J.)
    Arizona State 34, Rutgers 18 (Dec. 6, 1978)

    Rutgers is 1-0 all-time vs. Iowa State and 2-2 all-time vs. Big 12 competition. RU is 2-0 vs. Big 12 teams in bowl games.

    The Scarlet Knights won nine games in a season for the seventh time in school history. Greg Schiano has three nine-win seasons at RU, tied for the most in school history along with Frank Burns (1975, ‘76, ‘78).

    RU is 2-0 at Yankee Stadium in 2011 and 3-7-1 all-time at the big ballpark in the Bronx. The Scarlet Knights played their 49th game all-time in a MLB venue, including their fourth bowl game (3-1).

    Rutgers held Iowa State to 13 points and 311 yards of total offense. The Cyclones were just 2-of-13 on third down conversions and turned the ball over three times. RU did not commit a turnover.

    Rutgers set three bowl records in the 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl game:

    Longest reception – 86 yards Chas Dodd to Brandon Coleman (broke previous record of 49 yards by Mike Teel to Tim Brown in 2006 Texas Bowl)

    Tackles-for-loss – 3.0 Khaseem Greene (broke previous record of 2.5 by Jamaal Westerman in 2006 Texas Bowl)

    Team rushes – 42 (broke previous record of 41 in the 2008 International Bowl vs. Ball State)

    Rutgers is 40-13 under Greg Schiano when rushing for 150 yards or more in a game. RU is 4-1 in 2011 when going over 150 on the ground in a game.

    Player Notes

    Redshirt freshman RB Jawan Jamison (Starke, Fla.) was named MVP of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl with 27 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns. It was the third 100-yard game of Jamison’s career (all in 2011). He rushed for two touchdowns in a game for the third time in his career.

    Junior WR Mohamed Sanu (South Brunswick, N.J.) became Rutgers’ all-time leader in career receptions with six catches for 62 yards vs. Iowa State. Sanu has 210 career receptions, passing former All-America FB Brian Leonard (204).

    Sanu ended the season with 115 receptions (school and BIG EAST record) for 1,206 yards. The 1,206 yards receiving place Sanu third in RU single-season history and eighth in BIG EAST single-season history.

    Junior LB Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.) finished with a team-high 13 tackles, but left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Greene ended the year with 140 tackles, tied for fifth in RU single-season history.

    For the second consecutive game, redshirt freshman WR Brandon Coleman (Accokeek, Md.) had a receiving touchdown of 85 yards or longer becoming the first player in school history to post consecutive games with an 80-yard reception. Coleman’s 86-yard touchdown reception from Chas Dodd in the fourth quarter was the ninth-longest reception in RU history.

    Sophomore CB Logan Ryan (Berlin, N.J.) finished with seven tackles, 2.5 TFL, one interception and half a sack.

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