CONNECTICUT (3-2, 0-0) at RUTGERS (4-0, 1-0)
Saturday, October 6 • 12:00 p.m. • ESPNU
High Point Solutions Stadium
Radio: Rutgers Radio Network
(710-WOR; 1450-WCTC; 610-WIP)
Live Stats: ScarletKnights.com
Series: Rutgers leads 21-10
• No. 21/22 Rutgers, back in the Top 25 rankings for the first time since 2009, looks to start the year 5-0 Saturday as the Scarlet Knights host regional-rival Connecticut. Kickoff is set for 12 noon from High Point Solutions Stadium. ESPNU and WatchESPN.com have live coverage of the game with Tom Hart and John Congemi on the call. Coverage on the Rutgers Radio Network begins at 11 a.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 5-0 for the third time since 1976 and just the second time since joining the BIG EAST in 1991.
• Rutgers (4-0, 1-0 BIG EAST) will debut its new black uniforms Saturday vs. UConn (3-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) as all fans in the stadium are asked to wear black for a stadium blackout vs. the Huskies.
• Rutgers and Connecticut meet for the 32nd time in series history Saturday, with RU holding a 21-10 series advantage. The Scarlet Knights have won five of the last seven meetings, but UConn walked away with a 40-22 victory last season to spoil RU's bid to share the BIG EAST Championship.
• One constant in the series have been close games. Since 2001, six games have been decided by seven points or less. In three of the last four meetings, RU has won by four points or less.
With a Victory ...
• Rutgers would win a game as a ranked team for the first time since 2007.
• Start the season 5-0 for the seventh time in 143 seasons of college football.
• Kyle Flood would become the second coach in school history to start 5-0. The only first-year RU head coach to begin 5-0 was John Bateman in 1960. Bateman guided the Scarlet Knights to an 8-1 record, including wins in his first five games as head coach.
Back in the National Rankings
Rutgers made its debut in the national rankings this season September 23 after the Scarlet Knights 35-26 victory at Arkansas. The Scarlet Knights were ranked No. 23 in the AP Top 25 and No. 25 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25.
It marked 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.
The 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.
This week, the Scarlet Knights are No. 21 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 and No. 22 in the AP rankings.
Against the BIG EAST
Rutgers is 81-91-2 all-time against current members of the BIG EAST. Rutgers' 21 victories vs. UConn are the most vs. any BIG EAST opponent for the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers Against the BIG EAST
Starting 2-0 in BIG EAST Play
Rutgers looks to become 2-0 in the BIG EAST for only the third time since the BIG EAST began play in 1991. The only other years RU started 2-0 in conference play was 2011 (19-16 2OT win at Syracuse; 34-10 win vs. Pitt) and 2006 (22-20 win at USF; 20-10 win at Pitt).
BIG EAST Home Openers
Rutgers opens its home portion of the conference slate Saturday vs. UConn. The Scarlet Knights are 9-12 all-time in BIG EAST home openers, including victories in each of the last two years in conference home openers.
Nation's Only 3-0 Road Team in September
Rutgers is the only team in the nation to win three road games in the month of September in 2012. For only the third time in 143 seasons of football, Rutgers opened the year with three road games in September.
Three Road Games in September
at Tulane (9/1/12) W, 24-12
at USF (9/13/12) W, 23-13
at Arkansas (9/22/12) W, 35-26
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
Coming Into His Own
Sophomore running back Jawan Jamison ranks eighth nationally and first in the BIG EAST with 122.8 rushing yards per game.
The Starke, Fla., native is averaging 4.8 yards per carry and has 491 rushing yards 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 fourth consecutive 100-yard game to start the season and his fifth overall after rushing for 118 yards in the Arkansas victory. Jamison has gone over the century mark in six of the last six seven games.
Jamison's last five 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)
33 carries, 118 yards (Rec. TD) at Arkansas (9/22/12)
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 four games of the year. Rice opened 2006 with five consecutive 100-yard performances.
Consecutive 100-Yard Games to Start the Season
5 Ray Rice (2006)
4 Jawan Jamison (2012)
JJ and Ray
Jawan Jamison became the first Rutgers running back since Ray Rice to post five straight 100-yard games after rushing for 118 yards at Arkansas. Rice ripped off eight consecutive 100-yard games to finish the 2007 season.
Jamison posted the seventh 100-yard game of his career in the win over the Razorbacks.
Consecutive 100-Yard Games
Jawan Jamison is now tied for fourth in school history and became just the sixth player in 143 years of football at Rutgers to rush for five consecutive 100-yard games.
The last time Jamison failed to rush for 100 yards was November 26, 2011 at Connecticut (19 yards on five carries).
Consecutive 100-Yard Rushing Games
1. Ray Rice (10/13/07-1/5/08) 8
2. Ray Rice (12/28/05-9/29/06) 7
"JJ" Jennings (11/25/72-11/7/73) 7
4. Jawan Jamison (12/30/12-present 5
Jacki Crooks (10/31/98-9/4/99) 5
Curt Edwards (11/1/75-11/29/75) 5
Bryant Mitchell (10/26/68-11/23/68) 5
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
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: Connecticut
Head coach Paul Pasqualoni leads UConn into Piscataway this weekend with an overall record of 3-2. The Huskies own victories over UMass (37-0), Maryland (24-21) and Buffalo (24-17) on the season while losing at home to NC State (10-7) and at Western Michigan (30-24).
Saturday's game vs. the Huskies feature the two best defenses in the BIG EAST. UConn ranks sixth in the country in total defense (242.6 yards per game), 23rd in scoring defense (15.6 points per game), sixth in rushing defense (74.2 yards per game) and 14th in pass defense (168.4 yards per game).
On offense, UConn is 106th in total offense (323.8 yards per game), 109th in rushing offense (112.0 yards per game), 84th in passing offense (211.8 yards per game) and 92nd in scoring offense (23.2 points per game).
Linebacker Yawin Smallwood has been playing excellent football all season, leading the conference in tackles per game (10.6 per game) and tackles-for-loss per game (2.0). He ranks in the top 15 nationally in both categories.
Sophomore quarterback Gary Nova threw for the third-highest yardage total in Rutgers' single-game history in the 35-26 win at Arkansas on Sept. 22.
Nova set career-highs in passing yards (397), completions (25) and passing touchdowns (five) against the Hogs.
For his efforts, he was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and was named one of the Manning Award "Stars of the Week. The Davey O'Brien Award also cited Nova as an honorable mention national quarterback of the week.
Single-Game Passing Yardage Leaders
1. Mike Teel vs. Louisville (12/4/08) 447
2. Scott Erney vs. Vanderbilt (9/17/88) 436
3. Gary Nova at Arkansas (9/22/12) 397
4. Mike McMahon at Army (10/18/97) 386
5. Ryan Hart vs. Pittsburgh (10/18/03) 384
Single-Game Passing Touchdown Leaders
1. Mike Teel vs. Louisville (12/4/08) 7
2. Mike Teel at Pittsburgh (10/25/08) 6
3. Gary Nova at Arkansas (9/22/12) 5
Mike McMahon vs. Villanova (9/2/00) 5
Rich Policastro vs. Colgate (11/22/69) 5
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 of the last six 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.
Top 10 Greene
Khaseem Greene is 10th in school history with 292 career tackles. With eight tackles, Greene will become the ninth player in school history to reach 300 career tackles.
Career Total Tackle Leaders
1. Tyronne Stowe (1983-86) 533
2. Jim Dumont (1979-83) 448
3. Brian Sheridan (1993-97) 389
4. Courtney Greene (2005-08) 386
5. Pat Udovich (1986-89) 363
6. Aaron Brady (1995-98) 354
7. Keith Woetzel (1980-82) 323
8. Tim Blanchard (1975-78) 312
9. Devraun Thompson (2003-06) 297
10. Khaseem Greene (2009-present) 292
No. 1 Nationally Against the Run
For the first time since 2006, Rutgers has not allowed an opponent to rush for more than 100 yards in four consecutive games in the same season. The Scarlet Knights are allowing just 62.5 yards per game rushing, the best mark in the nation. Last season, RU ranked last in the BIG EAST, allowing 141.8 yards per game, 51st nationally.
The last time RU held the first four opponents of a season to less than 100 yards rushing per game was 1980 versus Temple (66), Cincinnati (53), Princeton (71) and Cornell (30).
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
at Arkansas (9/22/12) 19 73 3.8 0
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 26.2 and eight of his 11 career touchdown receptions have covered 30 yards or more.
Coleman has averaged 41.7 yards per touchdown reception in his career.
He has 11 career touchdown receptions in 17 games played. In 2012, Coleman has 12 receptions for 207 yards and is tied for the BIG EAST lead with five receiving touchdowns.
Last season vs. UConn, Coleman caught six passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Coleman's 92-yard touchdown reception from Gary Nova was the longest play from scrimmage for RU in 2011.
Coleman's Career Touchdown Receptions
Opponent Yardage on TD reception
at Arkansas (9/22/12) 19
at Arkansas (9/22/12) 38
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
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, tackles-for-loss and rushing 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 20th nationally in total defense (310.0 yards per game), 10th in scoring defense (12.8 points per game), and first in rushing defense (62.5 yards per game).
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 third in the BIG EAST.
Ground and Pound
As a team, Rutgers rushed over 100 yards in seven of the last eight games. Since 2000, Rutgers is 43-16 in games when rushing for 150 yards or more.
Rushing Game-by-Game (Last Eight Games)
Opponent Rushing Yards
at Arkansas (9/22/12) 128
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
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 42 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.
In 2012, Vallone has eight tackles and two TFLs for the nation's top rushing defense.
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
Jawan Jamison Maxwell 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.
Flood's four wins already in 2012 are more than the last three coaches in their first year "On the Banks."
Head Coach (Year) Record
Kyle Flood (2012) 4-0
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.
Wright entered the season with 11 career receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns. In 2012, Wright leads RU with 18 receptions for 228 yards.
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 14th receiving touchdown of his career at USF and is seventh in RU career history.
The 60-yard touchdown reception vs. the Hogs iced the 35-26 victory with 7:20 to play in the fourth quarter.
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) 14
8. Brian Leonard (2003-06) 13
8. Bob Simms (1957-59) 13
Defense Continues to Force Turnovers
Rutgers has forced a turnover in seven consecutive games, totaling 13 takeaways over the six-game stretch.
Even more impressive, RU has forced at least one turnover in 44 of the previous 48 games, dating back to the 2008 season.