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  • RUTGERS (3-0) at ARKANSAS (1-2)
    Saturday, September 22 • 7:02 p.m. • ESPNU
    Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium

    Radio: Rutgers Radio Network
    (710-WOR; 1450-WCTC; 610-WIP)
    Live Stats: ScarletKnights.com

    Series: First meeting

    The Game
    • Rutgers aims for its first 4-0 start since 2006 Saturday evening as the Scarlet Knights visit Arkansas in the first matchup between the two schools. Kickoff is set for 7:02 p.m. ET from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. ESPNU and WatchESPN.com have live coverage of the game with Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb and Allison Williams on the call. Coverage on the Rutgers Radio Network begins at 6 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 improve to 4-0 for just the third time since 1980 and just the second time since joining the BIG EAST in 1991.

    Series Information
    • Rutgers and Arkansas are meeting for the first time on the gridiron Saturday evening in Fayetteville. All-time, Rutgers is 5-11-2 all-time vs. SEC competition.
    • Saturday's game is the first vs. a SEC opponent since a 37-34 victory at Vanderbilt in 2004. In the 2004 victory over Vandy, the Scarlet Knights recorded at the time their largest comeback win in school history as RU rallied from a 20-3 deficit with 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to stun the Commodores. In the game, Vanderbilt QB Jay Cutler passed for 260 yards, but RU QB Ryan Hart threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns and Brian Leonard scored four touchdowns to propel RU to the win.

    With a Victory ...
    • Rutgers would win its third road game in September for just the second time in school history (1976).
    • Start the season 4-0 for the 12th time in 143 seasons of college football.
    • Kyle Flood would become the third coach in school history to start 4-0. The last first-year RU head coach to begin 4-0 was John Bateman in 1960. John Wallace (1924) is the only other Rutgers head coach to win his first four games "On the Banks."

    Against the SEC
    Rutgers is 5-11-2 all-time against teams from the Southeastern Conference. The Scarlet Knights last played a SEC team in 2004 - a 37-34 victory at Vanderbilt.

    Rutgers Against the SEC
    Alabama 0-2
    Arkansas 0-0
    Auburn 0-1
    Florida 0-1-1
    Kentucky 2-2-1
    LSU 1-0
    Tennessee 1-3

    Looking Back at Some Notable SEC Games
    • 1979 at #17 Tennessee (W, 13-7)
    Rutgers headed to Knoxville for a matchup against the 17th ranked Volunteers. UT was 4-2, including a 27-17 loss to Alabama the week prior.
    Rutgers outgained the Vols 388-257 as two third quarter field goals proved to be the difference. After both teams scored a touchdown in the first half, Kennan Startzell drilled field goals from 43 and 32 yards to lead RU to the upset victory. The week leading up to the game, the Knoxville Journal's sports editor Ben Byrd wrote "What are Rutgers?" - and soon enough the 84,265 fans in Knoxville on Homecoming found out.

    • 1980 vs. #1 Alabama (L, 17-13)
    Don Jacobs fired consecutive passes of 23 and 49 yards to James Mallard, the latter producing a third-quarter touchdown that led top-ranked Alabama to sneak past Rutgers, 17-13, at Giants Stadium.
    The Crimson Tide needed a furious defensive effort in the fourth quarter to blunt a late Rutgers threat and preserve its 26th consecutive victory.
    Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant said after the game, "We didn't beat Rutgers, that's for sure. All I can say is we won."

    • 1985 at #3 Florida (T, 28-28)
    Backup QB Joe Gagliardi came off the bench to rally Rutgers and complete a two-point conversion pass to Curtis Stephens with 35 seconds remaining as the Scarlet Knights, trailing by 21 points at one point, tied third-ranked Florida, 28-28 in Gainesville.

    Coming Into His Own
    Sophomore running back Jawan Jamison ranks seventh nationally and first in the BIG EAST with 393 rushing yards.
    The Starke, Fla., native is averaging 5.4 yards per carry and 124.3 yards per game on the season.

    Jamison on the Carry
    Jawan Jamison broke a school record that stood since 1972 with 41 rushing attempts in the 23-13 victory over USF on Sept. 13 in Tampa. Jamison rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown - and broke "JJ" Jennings' school record for single-game rushing attempts.

    Single-Game Rushing Attempts
    1. 41 Jawan Jamison at USF 9/13/12
    2. 40 "JJ" Jennings vs. Colgate 11/25/72
    3. 39 Ray Rice vs. USF 10/18/07
    3. 39 Ray Rice at Pittsburgh 10/21/06
    3. 39 "JJ" Jennings at Princeton 9/29/73
    3. 39 "JJ" Jennings at Columbia 10/28/72

    Over the Century Mark
    Jawan Jamison rushed for his third consecutive 100-yard game to start the season and his fourth overall after rushing for 151 yards in the USF victory. Jamison has gone over the century mark in five of the last six games.

    Jamison's last four 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)
    41 carries, 151 yards (TD) at USF (9/13/12)

    100 to Start the Season
    Jawan Jamison is the first running back since Ray Rice to rush for 100 yards in each of the first three games of the year. Rice opened 2006 with five consecutive 100-yard performances.

    Consecutive 100-Yard Games to Start the Season
    3 Jawan Jamison (2012)
    5 Ray Rice (2006)

    JJ and Ray
    Jawan Jamison became the first Rutgers running back since Ray Rice to post four straight 100-yard games after rushing for 110 yards vs. Howard. Rice ripped off eight consecutive 100-yard games to finish the 2007 season.
    Jamison posted the sixth 100-yard game of his career in the win over the Bulls He is 10th in school history with six 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.
    Against USF, Jamison's 41-yard touchdown run iced the game late in the fourth quarter.

    Year Long Rush Plays of 20+ Yards
    2012 5
    2011 9
    2010 11
    2009 18
    2008 11
    2007 15
    2006 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)

    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
    Louisville (12/4/08) 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: Arkansas
    Arkansas (1-2) looks to rebound from a 52-0 setback to No. 1 Alabama last week in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks dropped out of the Top 25 following the loss to the Tide.
    The Razorbacks defeated Jacksonville State 49-24 in the season opener before losing to Louisiana-Monroe 34-31 in overtime along with the Alabama loss.
    First-year head coach John L. Smith will face Rutgers for the third time in his career. Smith coached twice vs. RU at Michigan State, defeating the Scarlet Knights 44-28 in 2003 and losing 19-14 in the 2004 opener on ABC in Piscataway.
    All-America quarterback Tyler Wilson missed the Alabama game and half of the Louisiana-Monroe loss due to a concussion.
    The Razorbacks rank 86th nationally in total offense (359.3 yards per game), 106th in rushing offense (106.0 yards per game), 49th in passing offense (253.3 yards per game) and 75th in scoring offense (26.7 points per game).
    Arkansas ranks 93rd in total defense (436.7 yards per game), 105th in scoring defense (36.7 points per game), 62nd in rushing defense (152.7 yards per game) and 102nd in pass defense (284.0 yards per game).

    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 29.1 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

    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 USF win, Greene led RU again in tackles, this time totaling 10. He has double-digit tackles in five consecutive games.
    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 271 career tackles and needs just 20 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 12th nationally in total defense (249.3 yards per game), fifth in scoring defense (8.3 points per game), 19th in pass efficiency defense (100.3), 15th in tackles-for-loss (8.3 per game) and ninth in rushing defense (59.0 yards per game).

    Rutgers Defensive National Rankings (2012)
    Category National Rank
    Total Defense (249.3) 12
    Rushing Defense (59.0) 9
    Scoring Defense (8.3) 5
    Tackles-for-Loss (8.3) 15
    Pass Defense (190.3) 36
    Pass Efficiency Defense (100.3) 19

    Stopping the Run
    For the first time since 2009, Rutgers has not allowed an opponent to rush for more than 100 yards in three consecutive games in the same season. The Scarlet Knights are allowing just 59 yards per game rushing, ninth-best in the nation. Last season, RU ranked last in the BIG EAST, allowing 141.8 yards per game, 51st nationally.
    The last time RU limited three straight opponents to less than 100 yards rushing was 2009 against FIU (42 yards), at Maryland (28 yards) and vs. Texas Southern (-25 yards).
    The last time RU held the first three opponents of a season to less than 100 yards rushing per game was 2004 versus Michigan State (90 yards), New Hampshire (66 yards) and Kent State (30 yards).

    2012 Rutgers Defense Against the Run
    Opponent Att. Yards Avg. TD
    at Tulane (9/1/12) 16 8 2.0 0
    Howard (9/8/12) 38 74 1.9 0
    at USF (9/13/12) 29 95 3.3 1

    Block Party
    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 the Sept. 1 victory over Tulane.
    Jones leads Rutgers with two interceptions on the season and ranks tied for first in the BIG EAST.

    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 7-0-1 in those September road games.

    Three Road Games in September
    2012
    at Tulane (9/1/12) W, 24-12
    at USF (9/13/12) W, 23-13
    at Arkansas (9/22/12)
    1986
    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

    1976
    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 six of the last seven 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
    at USF (9/13/12) 147
    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

    Four Straight - 13 or Less
    Rutgers has held four straight opponents to 13 points or less - the longest stretch of games to hold a team to 13 points or less since 1980.
    The Scarlet Knights limited Iowa State in the 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl to 13 points, Tulane to 12 in the 2012 opener, shutout Howard and held USF to 13 points.
    Prior to this stretch, the last time four straight opponents were held to 13 or less points in four consecutive games was 1980 - at Temple (3), Cincinnati (7), Princeton (13) and at Cornell (3).

    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 41 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.

    First-Year Records
    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) 3-0
    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.

    The Wright Stuff
    Rutgers senior WR Tim Wright recorded his first 100-yard receiving game in his 27th career game "On the Banks" in Rutgers' 23-13 victory over USF. Wright posted career-highs in receptions (8) and receiving yards (125), including a career-long 46-yard grab vs. the Bulls.

    On the Mark
    Rutgers senior WR Mark Harrison continues to climb up the all-time career touchdown reception leaderboard at Rutgers. The Connecticut native caught his 13th receiving touchdown of his career at USF and is now tied for seventh in RU career history.

    Rutgers Career Receiving Touchdown Leaders
    1. Tim Brown (2006-09) 20
    2. Kenny Britt (2006-08) 17
    2. Chris Brantley (1990-93) 17
    4. Tiquan Underwood (2005-08) 16
    4. Marco Battaglia (1992-95) 16
    4. Tres Moses (2001-05) 16
    7. Mark Harrison (2009-present) 13
    7. Brian Leonard (2003-06) 13
    7. Bob Simms (1957-59) 13

    From Way Downtown - Bang!
    Rutgers freshman PK Kyle Federico connected on a 52-yard field goal at USF - the longest of his young career and the fourth-longest in school history.

    Federico is 4-of-6 on field goal attempts in 2012.

    Longest Field Goals in Rutgers History
    1. John Benestad vs. West Virginia (11/10/90) 55
    2. Jeremy Ito vs. Ball State (1/5/08) 53
    2. Jeremy Ito at USF (9/29/06) 53
    4. Kyle Federico at USF (9/13/12) 52
    4. Jeremy Ito vs. Arizona State (12/27/05) 52

    Defense Continues to Force Turnovers
    Rutgers has forced a turnover in six consecutive games, totaling 11 takeaways over the six-game stretch.
    Even more impressive, RU has forced at least one turnover in 43 of the previous 47 games, dating back to the 2008 season.

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