RUTGERS (2-0, 0-0) at USF (2-0, 0-0)
Thursday, September 13 • 7:30 p.m. • ESPN
Raymond James Stadium
Radio: Rutgers Radio Network
(710-WOR; 1450-WCTC; 610-WIP)
Live Stats: ScarletKnights.com
Series: Rutgers Leads 5-2
• Rutgers looks to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2007 Thursday as the Scarlet Knights visit USF in an ESPN Thursday primetime appearance. Kickoff is set for 7:31 p.m. from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Coverage on the Rutgers Radio Network begins at 630 p.m. on WOR-710 AM in New York City, WCTC-1450 AM in Central Jersey and WIP-610 AM in Philadelphia and South Jersey.
• With a win, Rutgers would move to 3-0 for just the fifth time since 1980 and just the third time overall since joining the BIG EAST in 1991.
• Rutgers leads the all-time series 5-2 versus USF, including a 2-1 series advantage in Tampa. Last season, the Scarlet Knights erased a 17-3 fourth quarter deficit en route to a 20-17 overtime victory. Tampa native Jeremy Deering's 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown allowed RU to jump back into the game at 17-10 with 7:25 remaining and Chas Dodd came off the bench to throw a 34-yard TD pass to Brandon Coleman to even the score at 17. USF missed a 27-yard FG as time expired in regulation and RU won in overtime on a 37-yard FG by San San Te. Duron Harmon picked off B.J. Daniels to start overtime before Te's game-winning heroics.
With a Victory ...
• Rutgers would win its BIG EAST opener for the third consecutive season.
• Mark the fifth time since joining the BIG EAST in 1991 in winning the first league road game of the year.
• Second victory in a road league opener at USF (defeated the Bulls 22-20 in 2006 at RJS)
• Start the season 3-0 for the 21st time in 143 seasons of college football.
• Kyle Flood would become the fourth coach in school history to start 3-0. The last first-year RU head coach to begin 3-0 was John Bateman in 1960.
In BIG EAST Play
Rutgers is 80-91-2 all-time against current BIG EAST members. USF is one of three league foes that RU has a winning record against.
Rutgers Against the BIG EAST
BIG EAST Openers
Rutgers is 7-14 in BIG EAST openers and 2-7 when starting BIG EAST play on the road. Rutgers defeated Syracuse 19-16 in double overtime to start BIG EAST play last season and the other road victory in a league opener came in 2006 at USF (22-20).
Seven Straight Years with a Shutout
Rutgers is the only school in the nation to post a shutout in each of the last seven seasons. The Scarlet Knights held Howard scoreless 26-0 Sept. 8 to extend the streak.
The last Football Bowl Subdivision opponent RU shutout was USF in 2009 - 31-0 in an ESPN Thursday primetime game in Piscataway.
2006: Illinois (33-0); Navy (34-0)
2007: Norfolk State (59-0)
2008: Morgan State (38-0)
2009: Texas Southern (42-0); USF (31-0)
2010: Norfolk State (31-0)
2011: North Carolina Central (48-0)
2012: Howard (26-0)
ESPN Thursday Primetime
Rutgers is making its 10th appearance all-time on ESPN's Thursday primetime package. The Scarlet Knights have two straight Thursday primetime appearances on ESPN - 31-0 over USF in 2009 and 63-14 against Louisville in 2008.
This week's game in Tampa is just the second ESPN Thursday primetime road game for RU.
Rutgers' ESPN Thursday Primetime Games
USF (11/12/09) W, 31-0
Louisville (12/4/08) W, 63-14
North Carolina (9/11/08) L, 44-12
at Louisville (11/29/07) L, 41-38
#2/3 USF (10/18/07) W, 30-27
#3/4 Louisville (11/9/06) W, 28-25
Syracuse (10/9/97) L, 50-3
#10/12 Miami (9/12/96) L, 33-0
Pittsburgh (9/17/92) W, 21-16
150 + 0 = Success
Since 2000, Rutgers is 19-4 when rushing for 150 yards or more and not allowing a sack in the same game. The Scarlet Knights rushed for 151 yards in the 2012 opener at Tulane and followed with 191 rushing yards in the week two victory over Howard - without allowing sack in either contest.
150+ Rushing Yards and No Sacks Allowed in a Game
Howard (9/8/12) 191
Tulane (9/1/12) 151
Iowa State (12/30/11) 173
Howard (9/12/09) 245
12/4/08 Louisville 224
at Navy (9/20/08) 206
at Army (11/9/07) 404
West Virginia (10/27/07) 183
at Syracuse (10/13/07) 228
Norfolk State (9/15/07) 240
Navy (9/7/07) 210
Buffalo (8/30/07) 235
Kansas State (12/28/06) 211
West Virginia (12/2/06) 174
Syracuse (11/25/06) 217
at Pittsburgh (10/21/06) 268
Ohio (9/16/06) 217
Illinois (9/9/06) 166
Arizona State (12/27/05) 158
Michigan State (9/4/04) 174
Syracuse (11/29/03) 167
Buffalo (8/30/03) 181
Navy (10/20/01) 206
This Week's Opponent: USF
USF (2-0) is coming off a 32-31 comeback victory at Nevada Saturday in Reno. The Bulls scored with 38 seconds remaining as B.J. Daniels tossed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Andre Davis for the game-winning score.
The Bulls opened the 2012 season with a 34-13 victory over Chattanooga in Tampa on Sept. 1.
USF ranks 46th in total offense (450.5 yards per game), 51st in scoring offense (33.0 points per game), 25th in passing offense (303.5 yards per game) and 70th in rushing offense (147.0 yards per game).
Defensively, USF is 52nd nationally in total defense (350.0 yards per game), 55th in scoring defense (22.0 points per game), 77th in rushing defense (163.5 yards per game) and 34th in pass defense (186.5 yards per game).
Over the Century Mark
Sophomore running back Jawan Jamison rushed for 110 yards on just 10 carries to record his second consecutive 100-yard game to start the season Sept. 8 vs. Howard. Dating back to last year, Jamison has three straight 100-yard games and has gone over the century mark in four of the last five games.
Jamison's last three games
27 carries, 131 yards vs. Iowa State (12/30/11)
18 carries, 112 yards (TD) at Tulane (9/1/12)
10 carries, 110 yards vs. Howard (9/8/12)
JJ and Ray
Jawan Jamison became the first Rutgers running back since Ray Rice to post three straight 100-yard games after rushing for 110 yards vs. Howard. Rice ripped off seven consecutive 100-yard games to finish the 2007 season.
Jamison posted the fifth 100-yard game of his career in the win over the Bison. He is tied for 10th in school history with the five career 100-yard games.
Jamison Joins Elite Company
Jawan Jamison became the third freshman running back in school history to rush for 200 yards in a game last season vs. Cincinnati. Jamison rushed the ball 34 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over the Bearcats.
The only other freshman running backs in Rutgers history to rush for 200 yards in a game were Terrell Willis at Army in 1993 (221 yards) and Ray Rice at Connecticut in 2005 (217 yards).
Explosive Plays on the Ground
After finishing the 2011 season with nine rushes of 20 yards or longer as a team, Rutgers started 2012 with a bang vs. Tulane.
RU had three carries of 20 yards or longer vs. the Green Wave, including two by Jawan Jamison. Sophomore RB Savon Huggins' career-long run of 31 yards rounded out the 20-yard runs vs. the Green Wave.
In the Howard win, Jamison bobbed and weaved through the Bison defense for a career-long 64-yard run.
Year Long Rush Plays of 20+ Yards
Big Play Brandon
Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Coleman has quickly developed into one of the nation's premier deep threats. The Maryland native has a career yards per reception average of 30.5 and seven of his nine career touchdown receptions have covered 30 yards or more.
Coleman has averaged 44.7 yards per touchdown reception in his career.
He has nine career touchdown receptions in 15 games played. In 2012, Coleman has four receptions for 89 yards and three scores.
Coleman's Career Touchdown Receptions
Opponent Yardage on TD reception
Howard (9/8/12) 16
Howard (9/8/12) 32
at Tulane (9/1/12) 43
Iowa State (12/30/11) 86
at Connecticut (11/26/11) 92
at Connecticut (11/26/11) 17
at Army (11/12/11) 38
USF (11/5/11) 34
North Carolina Central (9/1/11) 44
Containing B.J. Daniels
USF senior quarterback B.J. Daniels ranks seventh in BIG EAST history with 8,617 yards of total offense over his brilliant career.
The Tallahassee native is 1-2 in his career as a starter vs. the Scarlet Knights. In three games, Daniels has completed just 45.6 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and four interceptions.
RU has sacked the elusive dual-threat QB 11 times and held Daniels to just 30 yards rushing per game and 2.3 yards per rush.
B.J. Daniels Career Numbers vs. Rutgers
C-A-I Yards Pct. TD Rushing Yards
14-34-1 160 41.1 1 64
C-A-I Yards Pct. TD Rushing Yards
10-17-1 149 58.8 2 15
C-A-I Yards Pct. TD Rushing Yards
7-17-2 129 41.1 0 11
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Senior linebacker Khaseem Greene picked up right where he left off in 2012 after being named BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. The Elizabeth native totaled 141 tackles in his first year at linebacker last season, which led the BIG EAST and ranked 12th nationally.
Greene led all players with 14 tackles in Rutgers' 24-12 victory over Tulane (Sept. 1). He also finished with a sack and pass breakup in the victory over the Green Wave.
In the Howard victory (Sept. 8), Greene contributed 10 tackles, the fourth consecutive double-digit tackle game dating back to 2011.
Greene was the first Scarlet Knight to be named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-America honors by SI.com and Phil Steele.
Greene has 261 career tackles and needs just 30 tackles to move into the top 10 at RU.
It All Starts on Defense
Rutgers has fielded one of the top defenses in the nation the last two seasons. In 2012, the Scarlet Knights are among the national leaders in total defense, scoring defense, sacks, tackles-for-loss, rushing defense and pass defense.
The Scarlet Knights led the BIG EAST in total defense, scoring defense, pass defense and pass efficiency defense in 2011.
The Scarlet Knights ranked 14th nationally in total defense (314.2 yards per game), eighth in scoring defense (18.3 points per game), ninth in pass defense (172.3 yards per game), fifth in pass efficiency defense (101.5), eighth in tackles-for-loss (7.6 per game), 15th in sacks (2.7 per game) and ninth in third down defense (31.9 %).
Rutgers Defensive National Rankings (2012)
Category National Rank
Total Defense (205.5) 6
Rushing Defense (41.0) 4
Scoring Defense (6.0) 4
Tackles-for-Loss (10.5) T-3
Pass Defense (164.5) 24
Pass Efficiency Defense (105.64) 28
Since the arrival of Robb Smith as special teams coordinator in 2009, Rutgers has led the nation in blocked kicks. Smith, who was promoted to defensive coordinator in the off-season, guided a special teams unit that scored 10 touchdowns since 2009.
Isaac Holmes blocked a PAT as Joe Rossi took over as special teams coordinator for RU to start the 2012 season at Tulane.
In the Howard win, RU blocked two punts - one of which was blocked by Miles Shuler and recovered by Brandon Jones for a six-yard fumble return touchdown.
NCAA Team Blocked Kick Leaders Since 2009
1. Rutgers 26
2. Fresno State 22
Two Non-Offensive TDs for Juice
Brandon Jones became the first defensive player since Quintero Frierson in 2006 to post two touchdowns in a season with his six-yard fumble return on a blocked punt. Jones also scored a touchdown on an interception return in last week's victory over Tulane.
Welcome to The Banks
Three true freshmen made their collegiate debuts for the Scarlet Knights in the season-opener at Tulane. Leonte Carroo, Darius Hamilton and Kyle Federico were the first three members of the 2012 recruiting class to see the field for RU.
Three additional redshirt freshmen appeared in their first game as Scarlet Knights at Tulane - LB Quentin Gause, TE Tyler Kroft and K Anthony DiPaula.
Three Road Games in the Month of September
For only the third time in 143 seasons of football, Rutgers opens the season with three road games in the month of September.
Rutgers and Miami are the only two BCS teams nationally to have three road games in 2012 in September.
RU has never lost a game in the month of September on the road when having three road games in the month. The Scarlet Knights are 6-0-1 in those September road games.
Three Road Games in September
at Tulane (9/1/12) W, 24-12
at USF (9/13/12)
at Arkansas (9/22/12)
at Boston College (9/6/86) W, 11-9
at Kentucky (9/13/86) T, 16-16
at Syracuse (9/27/86) W, 16-10
at Navy (9/11/76) W, 13-3
at Bucknell (9/18/76) W, 19-7
at Princeton (9/25/76) W, 17-0
Ground and Pound
As a team, Rutgers rushed for 151 yards in the 24-12 victory over Tulane (Sept. 1) and 191 yards in the 26-0 win over Howard. Going back to last year, RU has eclipsed the century mark on the ground in five of the last six games. Since 2000, Rutgers is 43-16 in games when rushing for 150 yards or more.
Rushing Game-by-Game (Last Five Games)
Opponent Rushing Yards
Howard (9/8/12) 191
at Tulane (9/1/12) 151
Iowa State (12/30/11) 173
at Connecticut (11/26/11) -9
Cincinnati (11/19/11) 203
at Army (11/12/11) 118
Remembering a Rutgers Legend
Former Rutgers head coach and player Frank Robert Burns passed away on July 14, 2012. In 2012, every Scarlet Knight will wear a "FRB" sticker on their helmet in honor of Burns.
Burns attended Rutgers from 1945-48. He was elected president of his class and as quarterback and linebacker, helped lead Rutgers to a combined 27-7 record. He received All-East recognition and played in the East-West Shrine game.
Burns also participated with the Eastern College All-Stars against the NFL Champion New York Giants and was named MVP with 17 tackles. He returned to his alma mater in 1961 as an assistant football coach.
As head coach, from 1973 to 1983, Burns earned the most wins in school history, 78, including an undefeated season in 1976. He was named the Walter Camp Foundation Coach of the Year in 1976 and the New Jersey Football Writers Coach of the Year in 1976, 1978 and 1979. In 1993, Burns was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He was also a member of the Rutgers Athletic Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame.
Under 300 the Magic Number
The Rutgers defense held four opponents to under 300 yards of total offense in 2011, going 4-0 in those contests. Since 2000, Rutgers is 42-4 when limiting the opposition to less than 300 yards of total offense.
In 2012, RU is 2-0 when holding the opposition under 300 yards of total offense. RU limited Tulane to 262 yards of total offense in the Sept. 1 victory in the Superdome and held Howard to 149 yards of total offense (Sept. 8).
Churning Out the Victories on the Ground
Rutgers is 43-16 when rushing for 150 yards or more in a game since 2000 and 2-0 this season.
Since 2006, Rutgers is 31-7 when going over the 150-yard plateau on the ground in a game.
Most Starts in the BIG EAST
Senior defensive tackle Scott Vallone has started 40 consecutive games - the most of any current active player in the BIG EAST. The Long Island native, who has played both nose tackle and three-technique for the Scarlet Knights, has started every game of his Rutgers career since his redshirt freshman season in Piscataway.
First Top 25 Recruiting Class Ready to Go
Head coach Kyle Flood was able to land Rutgers' first Top 25 recruiting class according to Rivals.com last February. The Scarlet Knights' class was ranked 24th nationally, tops in the BIG EAST, led by five-star defensive tackle Darius Hamilton.
ESPN also rated Rutgers the best recruiting class in the BIG EAST and 24th nationally as well.
Hamilton was rated the 11th overall player nationally by Rivals.com, the highest-rated recruit to ever select a BIG EAST school. The Rivals.com National Defensive Player of the Year, Hamilton is currently second on the depth chart at defensive tackle.
Watch Out ...
Below are the members of the 2012 Rutgers Football team on preseason national award watch lists:
Player Award Watch List
Steve Beauharnais Butkus Award
Khaseem Greene Bronko Nagurski Award
Khaseem Greene Lombardi Award
Khaseem Greene Bednarik Award
Logan Ryan Jim Thorpe Award
Logan Ryan Bednarik Award
Doing Work off the Field
Khaseem Greene has been nominated for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, it was announced by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). One of college football's most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference.
A standout senior linebacker for the Scarlet Knights, Greene has found time to give back to his community through school and hospital visits, as well as his participation in local reading initiatives and toy drives. He also has added his support to former teammate Eric LeGrand's event, A Walk to Believe, since its inception in 2010. The second annual 5K walk was held in June 2012.
Greene has equally been impressive for RU on the field, leading the conference and ranking 12th nationally with 141 tackles in 2011 to earn BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year recognition. He received All-America honors in 2011 by SI.com and Phil Steele and is a 2012 Preseason All-America selection.
News and Notes ...
Kyle Flood announced four players were selected team captains by their teammates: senior LB Steve Beauharnais, senior LB Khaseem Greene, senior DB Mason Robinson and senior WR Tim Wright ... Rutgers will play in four NFL venues in 2012 - Tulane (New Orleans Saints, USF (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Temple (Philadelphia Eagles) and Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Steelers ... Rutgers finished 2011 9-4 overall to mark the program's second nine-win season over the previous three years. RU has just three nine-win campaigns since 1980, with all three coming since 2006 ... The Scarlet Knights current five-game bowl winning streak is tied for the nation's longest active streak with Mississippi State.
The Class of College Football
Rutgers continues its established trend as one of the nation's top programs both on the field and in the classroom as the Scarlet Knights were ranked ninth nationally in Academic Progress Rate according to the latest multi-year APR figures released by the NCAA.
The Rutgers football program was the lone state university to be ranked in the top 10 percent nationally in APR for the fifth consecutive year.
In addition, Rutgers was the only institution to win four bowl games while earning the APR honor in the top 10 percent over the previous five-year span.
Last year, the Rutgers football team achieved the nation's number two ranking in Academic Progress Rate while earned the nation's number one mark in 2010.
Rutgers is one of only 12 Football Bowl Subdivision programs to be ranked in the top 10 percent in the APR scores.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
The most recent APRs are based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood looks to become just the 11th coach in school history to record a winning season in his first year at RU. The last first-year Rutgers head coach to post a winning record was Dick Anderson in 1984, going 7-3.
Head Coach (Year) Record
Kyle Flood (2012) 2-0
Greg Schiano (2001) 2-9, 0-7 BIG EAST
Terry Shea (1996) 2-9, 1-6 BIG EAST
Doug Graber (1990) 3-8
Dick Anderson (1984) 7-3
Frank Burns (1973) 6-5
John Bateman (1960) 8-1
John Steigman (1956) 3-7
Harvey Harman (1938) 7-1
J. Wilder Tasker (1931) 4-3-1
Harry Rockafeller (1927) 4-4
John Wallace (1924) 7-1-1
George Sanford (1913) 6-3
Howard Gargan (1910) 3-2-3
Herman Pritchard (1909) 3-5-1
Joseph Smith (1908) 3-5-1
F.H. Gorton (1906) 5-2-2
A.E. Hitchner (1904) 1-6-2
Oliver Mann (1903) 4-4-1
Harry Van Hovenberg (1902) 3-7
Arthur Robinson (1901) 0-7
Michael Daly (1900) 4-4
William Van Dyck (1898) 1-6-1
John Pendleton (1896) 5-7
H.W. Ambruster (1895) 3-4
William Reynolds (1891) 8-6
New Nike Pro Combat Uniforms
Rutgers unveiled new football uniforms for the 2012 season featuring Nike Pro Combat System of Dress technology combined with unique design inspiration that harkens back to the Scarlet Knights rich tradition and history.
The fully integrated uniform system incorporates the latest in performance innovation and design while paying tribute to the school's long-time mascot and identity as the Scarlet Knights.
The new uniform features true knight-like designs such as metallic accents and battle "scars" throughout the fabrication. The true knights of old donned more battle scars for battles they had been in and won – which meant they had a uniform that had truly been battle tested. Similarly, the Scarlet Knight's Nike Pro Combat football jersey features added inset ribbing around the shoulders that are made to look like iron plates, yet also enhance the actual technology of the uniform by providing impact and abrasion-resistant screen print allowing for even less "give" and fewer grab points. The pant stripe comes to a point and features a beveled-edge design much like a sword pant, and ties directly into the knight's plume on the all-new chrome finish helmet. The uniform also features an all-new knight-driven number and font system specific to the team that features a chainmail texture.