PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 23, 2012) – Rutgersis ranked for the first time in 2012 as the Scarlet Knights debut at No. 23 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 and tied for No. 25 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25. It marks the first time since Sept. 30, 2007 that Rutgers has held a spot in both national top 25 polls (No. 21 in both).
The last time RU was ranked in the AP Top 25 was November 15, 2009 – when the Scarlet Knights held the No. 25 ranking.
Today’s ranking marks just the seventh season Rutgers has held a spot in the national polls. RU has also been ranked during parts of 1958, 1961, 1976, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012.
The Scarlet Knights (4-0) defeated Arkansas 35-26 Saturday evening in Fayetteville. Sophomore quarterback Gary Nova (Elmwood Park, N.J.) finished 25-of-35 passing for 397 yards and five touchdowns. Heestablished career-highs in completions (25), passing yards (397) and passing touchdowns (five) in the victory. The 397 passing yards were the third-bestsingle-game total in RU history.
Head coach Kyle Flood became the third coach in school history – and the first since John Bateman in 1960 – to begin his RU coaching career 4-0. RU is 4-0 for the 12th time in 143 seasons of college football.
Rutgers returns to action Saturday, October 6 vs. Connecticut at High Point Solutions Stadium. The game is a BLACKOUT vs. UConn as the team will wear all black uniforms and fans are asked to wear black. Tickets remain and are available at ScarletKnights.com or by calling the Rutgers Fan Relationship Management Center at 1-866-445-GORU.