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  • SYRACUSE (2-3, 1-0BIG EAST) at RUTGERS (5-0, 2-0BIG EAST)
    Saturday, October 13 • 12:00 p.m. • SNY
    High Point Solutions Stadium

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

    Series: Syracuse leads 30-11-1

    The Game
    • No. 19/20 Rutgers is back in the Top 20 national rankings for the first time since 2007 as RU looks to continue its undefeated start to the season Saturday vs. Syracuse. Kickoff is set for 12 noon from High Point Solutions Stadium. The BIG EAST Network (SNY) and WatchESPN.com have live coverage of the game with Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante and Paul Carcaterra 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.

    Series Information
    • Rutgers and Syracuse meet for the 43rd time in series history Saturday in the final game between the two schools in the BIG EAST. Syracuse leads the overall series 30-11-1, but Rutgers has won five of the last seven meetings.
    • Each team has won by a field goal in each of the last two seasons. SU won 13-10 at RU in 2010 and Rutgers earned a 19-16 double OT victory in the Carrier Dome last year. Prior to the last two years, the last time a game was decided by three points or less in the series came in 1999.

    With a Victory ...
    • Rutgers would win a game as a Top 20 team for the first time since 2007.
    • Rutgers would improve to 6-0 for the third time since 1976 and just the second time since joining the BIG EAST in 1991.
    • Start the season 6-0 for the fifth time in 143 years of college football.
    • Kyle Flood would become the first coach in school history to start his coaching career 6-0 at RU.
    • Rutgers would become bowl-eligible for the seventh time in the past eight seasons.

    Six in a Row
    Rutgers has won six consecutive games, tied for the eighth-longest winning streak in the country. The Scarlet Knights, ranked No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the AP Top 25, have not lost since last year’s regular-season finale at UConn (Nov. 26, 2011).

    Nation’s Longest Active Winning Streaks
    1. South Carolina 10
    2. Alabama 9
    Oregon 9
    West Virginia 9
    5. Cincinnati 7
    Ohio 7
    Mississippi State 7
    8. Rutgers 6
    Florida 6
    Ohio State 6

    Starting 3-0 in BIG EAST Play
    Rutgers looks to become 3-0 in the BIG EAST for only the second time since the BIG EAST began play in 1991. The only other year RU started 3-0 in the conference was 2006.

    The Scarlet Curtain
    Rutgers is second nationally in rushing defense, yielding just 60.6 yards per game. The Scarlet Knights have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in nine straight games, dating back to 2011. The last player to rush for 100 yards against the Scarlet Knights was USF ‘s Darrell Scott (100 yards) on November 5, 2011.

    Rushing Defense National Leaders
    1. BYU 59.5
    2. Rutgers 60.6
    3. Alabama 65.8

    Defense Wins Championships
    Rutgers boasts the nation’s fifth-best scoring defense, allowing just 10.8 points per game. RU has allowed 16 points in two BIG EAST victories on the season (13 vs. USF, 3 vs. UConn).

    Scoring Defense National Leaders
    1. Alabama 7.0
    2. Notre Dame 7.6
    3. BYU 8.8
    4. South Carolina 10.5
    5. Rutgers 10.8

    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

    Opportunistic Pass Defense
    Rutgers leads the BIG EAST and is second nationally with 10 interceptions. The Scarlet Knights are second in the conference and 20th nationally in pass efficiency defense.
    Individually, Logan Ryan leads the conference with eight passes defended while Brandon Jones is second in the BIG EAST with seven passes defended.

    Coming Into His Own
    Sophomore running back Jawan Jamison ranks 13th nationally and first in the BIG EAST with 120.2 rushing yards per game.
    The Starke, Fla., native is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and has 601 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 fifth consecutive 100-yard game to start the season and his sixth overall after rushing for 110 yards in the UConn victory. Jamison has gone over the century mark in seven of the last eight games.

    Jamison’s last six 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)
    28 carries, 110 yards vs. UConn (10/6/12)

    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 five 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)
    5 Jawan Jamison (2012)

    JJ and Ray
    Jawan Jamison became the first Rutgers running back since Ray Rice to post six straight 100-yard games after rushing for 110 yards against UConn. Rice ripped off eight consecutive 100-yard games to finish the 2007 season.
    Jamison posted the eighth 100-yard game of his career in the win over the Huskies.

    Consecutive 100-Yard Games
    Jawan Jamison is now fourth in school history and became just the third player in 143 years of football at Rutgers to rush for six 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) 6

    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 has already ran for eight runs of 20 yards or more in 2012.
    Jawan Jamison has seven of the eight long plays on the ground this season, including two over 20 yards in last week’s 19-3 win over UConn.

    Year Long Rush Plays of 20+ Yards
    2012 8
    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: Syracuse
    Syracuse brings a 2-3 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the BIG EAST after last Friday’s 14-13 victory over Pitt in the Carrier Dome. The Orange also defeated Stony Brook (28-17) this season while losing to Southern Cal (42-29), Northwestern (42-41) and Minnesota (17-10).
    The Orange have one of the nation’s top passing offenses, averaging 310.4 yards per game passing. SU ranks 17th nationally in passing offense, 83rd in rushing offense (140.6 yards per game), 37th in total offense (451 yards per game) and 86th in scoring offense (24.4 points per game).
    The Orange bring the nation’s 40th-ranked total defense to Piscataway, allowing 355.2 yards per game. Syracuse is 61st in scoring defense (26.2 points per game), 59th in rushing defense (146.4 yards per game) and 37th in pass defense (208.8 yards per game).
    One key going into the game will be the turnover battle. Rutgers is seventh nationally in turnover margin (+1.8) while Syracuse is 109th in the nation in turnover margin (-1.2).

    Super Nova
    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

    Nova Just Continues to Win
    Gary Nova is 29-0 as a starting quarterback when entering the season as the starter under center. Overall, he is 32-2 as his team’s starting sginal caller.
    Nova has thrown for 10 touchdown passes already in 2012 - one less than he threw in 2011. On the season, Nova is 92--of-151 for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns with just two interceptions.

    Record as a Starter
    2009 and 2010 at Don Bosco Prep 24-0
    2011 at Rutgers 3-2
    2012 at Rutgers 5-0
    Career 32-2

    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 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.
    In 2012, Greene leads RU with 49 tackles and six quarterback hurries.

    Top 10 Greene
    Khaseem Greene is ninth in school history with 300 career tackles. Greene picked off his first pass at linebacker in the 19-3 victory over UConn on Oct. 6.

    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. Khaseem Greene (2009-present) 300
    10. Devraun Thompson (2003-06) 297

    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 23.7 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 18 games played. In 2012, Coleman has 18 receptions for 278 yards and is tied for the BIG EAST lead with five receiving touchdowns.

    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 rank 15th nationally in total defense (296.8 yards per game), fifth in scoring defense (10.8 points per game), and second in rushing defense (60.6 yards per game).
    Rutgers limited UConn to 53 yards rushing – the fifth straight opponent in 2012 to rush for less than 100 yards in a game. RU has held the last six opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in a game.

    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.

    Ground and Pound
    As a team, Rutgers rushed over 100 yards in eight of the last nine games. Since 2000, Rutgers is 43-16 in games when rushing for 150 yards or more.

    Rushing Game-by-Game (Last Nine Games)
    Opponent Rushing Yards
    Connecticut (10/6/12) 123
    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 43-4 when limiting the opposition to less than 300 yards of total offense.
    In 2012, RU is 3-0 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, held Howard to 149 yards of total offense (Sept. 8) and gave up just 244 yards of total offense against Connecticut.

    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 43 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 11 tackles and two TFLs for the nation’s second-ranked 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 is one of two first-year coaches to be undefeated in 2012. Urban Meyer (Ohio State) is the other ... 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 ... Rutgers is 2-0 in the BIG EAST for the third time since conference play began in 1991. RU also started 2-0 in the league in 2011 and 2006 ... Rutgers has outscored its opponents 38-3 in the third quarter of games in 2012 ... Senior defensive back Wayne Warren scored his first career touchdown on a 25-yard interception return for a score in the fourth quarter of the UConn victory.

    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.
    Flood’s five 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) 5-0
    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 21 receptions for 239 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 15th receiving touchdown of his career vs. UConn and is seventh all-time in RU history in receiving touchdowns.
    Harrison has enjoyed playing against the Huskies in his career. The Connecticut native has 10 receptions for 165 yards and three touchdowns in four games vs. UConn.

    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) 15
    8. Brian Leonard (2003-06) 13
    8. Bob Simms (1957-59) 13

    Defense Continues to Force Turnovers
    Rutgers has forced a turnover in eight consecutive games, totaling 18 takeaways over the eight-game stretch.
    Even more impressive, RU has forced at least one turnover in 45 of the previous 49 games, dating back to the 2008 season.

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