KENT STATE (6-1) at RUTGERS (7-0)
Saturday, October 27 • 3:30 p.m. • SNY
High Point Solutions Stadium
Radio: Rutgers Radio Network
(710-WOR; 1450-WCTC; 610-WIP)
Live Stats: ScarletKnights.com
Series: RU Leads 2-0
• No. 15 Rutgers (7-0, 4-0) looks to extend its winning streak to nine games as the Scarlet Knights welcome Kent State (6-1, 4-0) for Homecoming 2012 in Piscataway. The BIG EAST Network has live television coverage of the game on SNY, MASN, BrightHouse Network in Orlando/Tampa, Cox-New Orleans and Cox-New England in Providence with Mike Corey (play-by-play) and Rene Ingoglia (color) on the call. Coverage on the Rutgers Radio Network begins at 2:30 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.
• The Scarlet Knights are one of 11 remaining undefeated teams in the nation and are 7-0 for the first time since 2006.
• Rutgers leads the all-time series 2-0 against Kent State. It is the first game between the two schools since 2004 (29-21 RU victory). The only other series meeting came in 1994 (28-6 RU).
• The Scarlet Knights are 13-4-1 all-time against Mid-American Conference competition. Last season, RU defeated Ohio 38-26 in Piscataway.
• Kent State is coached by former RU assistant head coach Darrell Hazell. Hazell served on Greg Schiano’s staff “On the Banks” from 2001-03.
With a Victory ...
• Rutgers would improve to 8-0 for the third time since 1976 and just the second time since joining the BIG EAST in 1991.
• Start the season 8-0 for the fourth time in 143 years of college football.
• Kyle Flood would become the first coach in school history to start his coaching career 8-0 at RU.
Rutgers is 53-26-1 all-time on Homecoming games “On the Banks.” The Scarlet Knights are 10-2 since 2000 on Homecoming.
Last season, RU defeated Navy 21-20 on Homecoming as Brandon Jones blocked a field goal with less than five minutes remaining to secure the win.
Rutgers has won eight consecutive games, tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in the country. The Scarlet Knights, ranked No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 18 in the AP Top 25, have not lost since last year’s regular-season finale at UConn (Nov. 26, 2011).
Rutgers is ranked No. 15 in this week’s BCS Standings.
Nation’s Longest Active Winning Streaks
1. Alabama 11
2. Oregon 10
3. Mississippi State 9
4. Rutgers 8
Ohio State 8
The Scarlet Curtain
Rutgers is third nationally in rushing defense, yielding just 69.1 yards per game. The Scarlet Knights have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 11 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.
Rutgers is the only team in the nation to be ranked in the top three nationally in rushing defense, rushing touchdowns allowed and yards per carry rushing defense.
Rushing Defense National Leaders
1. Alabama 58.7
2. Florida State 69.13
3. Rutgers 69.14
Fewest Rushing Touchdowns Allowed
1. Notre Dame 0
2. Utah State 1
3. Rutgers 2
Fewest Rushing Yards Per Carry
1. Alabama 1.9
2. Florida State 2.35
3. Rutgers 2.37
Defense Wins Championships
Rutgers boasts the nation’s third-best scoring defense, allowing just 11.3 points per game. RU has allowed 41 points in four BIG EAST victories on the season (13 vs. USF, 3 vs. UConn, 15 vs. Syracuse, 10 vs. Temple).
Scoring Defense National Leaders
1. Alabama 8.3
2. Notre Dame 9.4
3. Rutgers 11.3
Fewest Touchdowns Allowed Nationally
1. Notre Dame 6
2. Alabama 7
3. Rutgers 8
Opportunistic Pass Defense
Rutgers leads the BIG EAST and is tied for sixth nationally with 13 interceptions.
Individually, Brandon Jones and Logan Ryan are tied for 22nd nationally and tied for second in the BIG EAST in interceptions (4).
Rutgers is also 19th in the nation and first in the BIG EAST in pass efficiency defense.
Forcing the Takeaway
Both Rutgers and Kent State are tied for ninth nationally with 20 takeaways in 2012. Both squads have also fared well in turnover margin each game - with each team +2.0 per game, tied for the third-best mark in the country.
Rutgers has recovered seven fumbles and picked off 13 passes in 2012 while Kent State has recovered 10 fumbles and totaled 10 interceptions this season.
First Time Under 200
Rutgers held Temple to 191 yards of total offense Oct. 20 at Lincoln Financial Field - the first time in school history RU has allowed less than 200 yards in a BIG EAST road game.
It was the seventh time in school history Rutgers has allowed less than 200 yards of total offense in a BIG EAST game.
Fewest Yards Allowed in a BIG EAST Game
1. 118 vs. Temple 10/2/93
2. 146 vs. Cincinnati 11/25/05
3. 159 vs. USF 11/5/09
4. 168 vs. Syracuse 11/8/08
5. 191 at Temple 10/20/12
191 vs. Syracuse 11/25/06
7. 198 vs. Syracuse 11/29/03
Coming Into His Own
Sophomore running back Jawan Jamison ranks 20th nationally and first in the BIG EAST with 111.3 rushing yards per game.
The Starke, Fla., native is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and has 779 rushing yards on the season.
Jamison needs 324 rushing yards to become the 14th player in school history to reach the 2,000-yard plateau.
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’s impressive string of consecutive 100-yard games came to an end vs. Syracuse on Oct. 13. It snapped a streak of six straight 100-yard games, including five in a row to start the year.
Jamison went over 100 yards again vs. Temple (114 yards). He has now gone over 100 yards in eight of the last 10 games.
100 to Start the Season
Jawan Jamison and Ray Rice are the only players in school history 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 is tied for seventh in RU history with nine career 100-yard games.
Consecutive 100-Yard Games
Jawan Jamison is 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.
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 - 10/6/12) 6
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 the 19-3 win over UConn.
Year Long Rush Plays of 20+ Yards
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 31-0 as a starting quarterback when entering the season as the starter under center. Overall, he is 34-2 as his team’s starting signal caller.
Nova has thrown for 15 touchdown passes already in 2012 - four more than all of 2011. On the season, Nova is 123-of-201 passing for 1,503 yards and 15 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
Nova’s Record as a Starter
2009 and 2010 at Don Bosco Prep 24-0
2011 at Rutgers 3-2
2012 at Rutgers 7-0
Moving Up the Record Books
Gary Nova is the 11th quarterback in school history to pass for 3,000 yards in a career. Nova has 3,056 career passing yards, 11th in school history.
Nova has 26 career touchdown passes in just 17 games played - the eighth-highest total in RU history.
Nova’s 239 career completions rank ninth in school history while his 15 touchdown passes in 2012 are tied for ninth on the single-season touchdown list.
Saving His Best for Last
Gary Nova has played his best football of the season in the second half. While his first half numbers are solid - 59.8 completion percentage, 671 yards passing with three touchdowns and three interceptions, he has performed well after the halftime break.
In the second half, Nova has been sensational - completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 832 yards. Even more impressive, Nova has 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the second half in 2012.
Nova’s best quarter of play in 2012 has been the third quarter. The New Jersey native has thrown eight touchdowns and is completing 63.2 percent of his passes in the third quarter.
This Week’s Opponent: Kent State
Second-year head coach Darrell Hazell has guided the Golden Flashes to a 6-1 record and 4-0 mark in the MAC this season. Kent State has wins over Towson (41-21), Buffalo (23-7), Ball State (45-43), Eastern Michigan (41-14), Army (31-17) and Western Michigan (41-24) this year while losing its only game at Kentucky (47-14).
The Golden Flashes have one of the nation’s most exciting players in running back/kick returner Dri Archer. Archer is 33rd nationally in rushing and first nationally in kickoff returns (47 yards per return).
On offense, Kent State is 27th nationally in rushing offense (210.4 yards per game), 105th in passing offense (183.7 yards per game), 68th in total offense (394.1 yards per game) and 39th in scoring offense (33.7 points per game).
The Golden Flashes rank 71st nationally in total defense (401.4 yards per game), 62nd in rushing defense (156.3 yards per game), 79th in pass defense (245.1 yards per game) and 53rd in scoring defense (24.7 points per game).
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 67 tackles. He also has four forced fumbles, two interceptions, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and six quarterback hurries on the season.
In the Temple victory, Greene scored his first defensive touchdown since high school with a 20-yard fumble recovery.
National Defensive Player of the Week
Khaseem Greene was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Syracuse win. Greene was all over the field in Rutgers’ 23-15 victory over Syracuse. The 2011 Co-BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year totaled 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks, forced three fumbles and had an interception against the Orange. Greene’s stellar performance has helped RU to a 6-0 record and 3-0 mark in the BIG EAST. Rutgers is 6-0 for the first time since 2006.
Greene was also named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and the Chuck Bednarik National Defensive Player of the Week for his big game against the Orange.
Greene was the third player in school history to earn the National Player of the Week honor from the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Ray Rice was the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week on September 3, 2006 and defensive tackle Ramel Meekins was the National Defensive Player of the Week on October 15, 2006.
Top 10 Greene
Khaseem Greene is eighth in school history with 318 career tackles. He was named ESPN’s College Football National Defensive Player of the Day on Twitter following the Syracuse win Oct. 13.
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. Khaseem Greene (2009-present) 318
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 22.1 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 20 games played. In 2012, Coleman has 26 receptions for 399 yards and is tied for the BIG EAST lead with five receiving touchdowns. He posted his second career 100-yard receiving game in the win over Syracuse.
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
Robb Smith began his tenure at Rutgers as special teams coordinator in 2009 and since that year RU has led the nation in blocked kicks. Smith, who was promoted to defensive coordinator in the off-season, has been part of a unit that scored 11 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.
Jamal Merrell blocked his fourth career kick as he blocked field goal vs. Syracuse was returned 75 yards for a touchdown by Duron Harmon to swing the momentum in the RU victory.
In the Temple victory, freshman Leonte Carroo blocked his first career punt to lead to a touchdown on RU’s ensuing drive.
NCAA Blocked Kick Leaders Since 2009
1. Rutgers 28
2. Fresno State 23
NCAA Blocked Kick Leaders (2012)
1. Texas 6
Ohio State 6
3. Rutgers 5
South Alabama 5
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 nine of the last 11 games. Since 2000, Rutgers is 43-16 in games when rushing for 150 yards or more.
Rushing Game-by-Game (Last 11 Games)
Opponent Rushing Yards
at Temple (10/20/12) 139
Syracuse (10/13/12) 85
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
Since 2000, Rutgers is 44-4 when limiting the opposition to less than 300 yards of total offense.
In 2012, RU is 4-0 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.
Temple (191) was the fourth team held under 300 yards of total offense against Rutgers in 2012.
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 45 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 17 tackles and 3.0 TFLs for the nation’s third-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
Nation’s Only BCS 3-0 Road Team in Sept.
Rutgers is the only BCS team to win three road games in the month of September in 2012. For only the third time in 143 years 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
Duron Finalist for Senior CLASS Award
Duron Harmon was named one of 10 NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Harmon is in his second year as a starter and leader in Rutgers’ defensive secondary. He was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection at free safety in 2011, recording 49 tackles and ranking second in the conference with five interceptions. Harmon was named a Preseason All-BIG EAST pick by Athlon and Phil Steele leading up to the 2012 season, while also transitioning from free safety to strong safety.
A top competitor on the field and in the classroom, Harmon has compiled a cumulative 3.412 grade point average (GPA) as a Labor Studies major. He has earned All-BIG EAST Academic Team recognition twice, with those honors coming as a sophomore in 2010 and last season as a junior. He additionally made Rutgers University’s Dean’s List for the 2011-12 academic year with a term GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Outside of football and schoolwork, Harmon has made an impact in the surrounding community, highlighted by his constant presence at New Jersey’s Special Olympics event from 2010-12. He also pitched in his time at former teammate Eric LeGrand’s charity, Walk to Believe, in both 2011 and 2012. Additionally, Harmon has given his time and efforts to the Big Chill 5k Toy Drive (2010) and Urban Impact’s Hurricane Irene Cleanup Project (2011-12).
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 ... 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 ... Rutgers clinched its sixth winning season in the BIG EAST with its 35-10 victory at Temple. RU has back-to-back winning seasons in league play for only the second time in school history.
Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is 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 seven 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) 7-0, 4-0 BIG EAST
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
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 16th career receiving touchdown in the 35-10 victory at Temple. Harrison is now tied for fourth in school history in career touchdown receptions.
Rutgers Career Receiving Touchdown Leaders
1. Tim Brown (2006-09) 20
2. Kenny Britt (2006-08) 17
2. Chris Brantley (1990-93) 17
4. Mark Harrison (2009-present) 16
4. Tiquan Underwood (2005-08) 16
4. Marco Battaglia (1992-95) 16
4. Tres Moses (2001-05) 16
8. Brian Leonard (2003-06) 13
8. Bob Simms (1957-59) 13
Defense Continues to Force Turnovers
Rutgers has forced a turnover in 10 consecutive games, totaling 25 takeaways over the 10-game stretch.
Even more impressive, RU has forced at least one turnover in 47 of the previous 51 games, dating back to the 2008 season.
Strong Second Half Starts
Rutgers has come out of the halftime break on fire in 2012, outscoring the opposition 69-3. Last season, RU held a 72-58 advantage on the scoreboard in the third quarter of play.
In the second half of play in 2012, RU has outscored the opponent 126-40.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Rutgers 20 39 69 57 185
Opponents 23 16 3 37 79
Stout Against the Run
Rutgers held each of its first six opponents of the season to less than 100 yards on the ground. It was the first time since the school began play vs. a schedule of Football Bowl Subdivision opponents that RU has held each of the first six teams in a season to less than 100 yards rushing.
Rutgers is 11-1 over its last 12 games dating back to last year. The only loss during the 12-game stretch was the 2011 regular season finale - 40-22 at Connecticut on Nov. 26.