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  • ARMY (2-7) at RUTGERS (7-1)
    Saturday, November 10 • 12:00 p.m. • ESPNU
    High Point Solutions Stadium
    Piscataway, N.J.

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

    Series: RU Leads 20-18

    The Game
    • No. 23 Rutgers (7-1, 4-0) returns to action after a bye week Saturday at home as the Scarlet Knights host regional rival Army at High Point Solutions Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12 noon with live coverage on ESPNU, WatchESPN.com and ESPN3. Joe Beninati, Pete Najarian and George Smith will call the game for ESPNU. 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. The Rutgers Radio Network broadcast is also available nationally on Sirius channel 134 and XM channel 195 beginning at 12 noon.
    • Rutgers last played on October 27, losing 35-23 at home to Kent State on Homecoming. Army defeated rival Air Force 41-21 last Saturday at West Point.

    Series Information
    • Rutgers leads the all-time series 20-18 and has won eight straight in the series. Dating back to 1991, Rutgers has won 12 of the previous 14 games in the series.
    • At home, RU is 11-5 all-time against Army, including a 4-3 mark on-campus. Last season, RU defeated Army at Yankee Stadium 27-12 in an Army home game.

    With a Victory ...
    • Rutgers would improve to 8-1, the school's best start after nine games since 2006 (9-0).
    • Secure an eight-win season for the sixth time in the previous seven seasons.
    • Kyle Flood would become the second coach in school history to win eight of his first nine games "On the Banks, joining John Bateman (8-1, 1960) in the record book.
    • Kyle Flood would tie the school record for victories by a first-year head coach (eight) with John Bateman (1960) and William Reynolds (1891).

    The Scarlet Curtain
    Rutgers is fourth nationally in rushing defense, yielding just 88.5 yards per game. The Scarlet Knights have allowed one 100-yard rusher over the last 12 games (Traylon Durham, Kent State, 131 yards).
    Rutgers, Alabama and Florida State are the only schools in the nation to be ranked in the top five nationally in rushing defense, rushing touchdowns allowed and yards per carry rushing defense.

    Rushing Defense National Leaders
    1. Stanford 55.56
    2. Alabama 66.33
    3. Florida State 72.89
    4. Rutgers 88.50

    Fewest Rushing Touchdowns Allowed
    1. Notre Dame 2
    2. Utah State 3
    3. Rutgers 4

    Fewest Rushing Yards Per Carry
    1. Stanford 1.91
    2. Alabama 2.09
    3. Florida State 2.45
    4. Utah State 2.61
    5. Rutgers 2.79
    South Carolina 2.79

    Stopping the Run
    Since 1950, this season's RU rushing defense is holding opponents to the third-lowest single-game average in school history with just 88.5 yards per game.
    Only two RU teams have held opponents to less than 100 yards per game since 1950 - 1976 and 1964.

    Top Rushing Defenses Per Game in RU History
    1. 1976 (923 yards) 83.9
    2. 1964 (757 yards) 84.1
    3. 2012 (708 yards) 88.5

    Defense Wins Championships
    Rutgers boasts the nation's sixth-best scoring defense, allowing just 14.3 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 9.1
    2. Notre Dame 11.7
    3. Florida State 12.0
    4. Florida 12.1
    5. Utah State 13.5
    6. Rutgers 14.3

    Fewest Touchdowns Allowed Nationally
    1. Notre Dame 9
    2. Alabama 10
    3. Florida 12
    4. Rutgers 13
    Florida State 13

    Opportunistic Pass Defense
    Rutgers leads the BIG EAST and is 10th nationally with 13 interceptions.
    Individually, Brandon Jones and Logan Ryan are tied for 27th nationally and tied for second in the BIG EAST in interceptions (4).

    Defending the Vaunted Triple Option
    Rutgers has played two teams over the last 12 seasons that run the triple option offense - Army and Navy. Since Rich Ellerson arrived at Army, he has installed an option attack while Navy has been running the triple option for 12 consecutive seasons.
    In Rutgers' last 12 games against option offenses, the Scarlet Knights are 10-2 and have limited the opposition to an average of 33 rushing yards below their season average.
    Below is how Rutgers has stacked up against the Army and Navy option rushing offense since 2001.

    Opp. (Nat. Ranking) Season Avg. vs. RU
    Army - 2011 (1) 346.5 228
    Navy - 2011 (4) 312.3 162
    Army - 2010 (8) 251.6 289
    Army - 2009 (16) 203.6 197
    Army - 2008 (9) 241.4 217
    Navy - 2008 (1) 292.4 272
    Navy - 2007 (1) 348.8 254
    Navy - 2006 (1) 327.0 113
    Navy - 2005 (1) 318.7 207
    Navy - 2004 (3) 289.5 476
    Navy - 2003 (1) 323.2 373
    Navy - 2001 (35) 181.8 254
    TOTAL AVERAGE 286.4 253.5

    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 21st nationally and second in the BIG EAST with 107.8 rushing yards per game.
    The Starke, Fla., native is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and has 863 rushing yards on the season. Jamison needs 240 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 11 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 nine runs of 20 yards or more in 2012.
    Jawan Jamison has eight of the nine long plays on the ground this season.

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

    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 31-1 as a starting quarterback when entering the season as the starter under center. Overall, he is 34-3 as his team's starting signal caller.
    Nova has thrown for 17 touchdown passes already in 2012 - six more than all of 2011. On the season, Nova is 148-of-247 passing for 1,816 yards and 17 touchdowns.

    Nova's Record as a Starter
    2009 and 2010 at Don Bosco Prep 24-0
    2011 at Rutgers 3-2
    2012 at Rutgers 7-1
    Career 34-3

    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 3,369 career passing yards, 10th in school history.
    Nova has 28 career touchdown passes in just 18 games played - the eighth-highest total in RU history.
    Nova's 264 career completions rank ninth in school history while his 17 touchdown passes in 2012 are tied for fifth 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 - 58.1completion percentage, 761 yards passing with four touchdowns and seven interceptions, he has turned it up in the second half.
    In the second half, Nova has been sensational - completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 1,055 yards. Even more impressive, Nova has 13 touchdowns and two 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 nine touchdowns and is completing 65.7 percent of his passes in the third quarter.

    This Week's Opponent: Army
    Fourth-year head coach Rich Ellerson leads the Black Knights of Army to Piscataway this weekend for Saturday's matchup against the Scarlet Knights.
    Army is 2-7 on the season with wins over Air Force (41-21) and Boston College (34-31). The Black Knights have lost to San Diego State (42-7), Northern Illinois (41-40), Wake Forest (49-37), Stony Brook (23-3), Kent State (31-17), Eastern Michigan (48-38) and Ball State (30-22).
    Army leads the nation in rushing yards per game, churning out 375.4 yards per game. The Black Knights are 39th nationally in total offense (442.8 yards per game), 119th in passing offense (67.3 yards per game) and 72nd in scoring offense (26.6 yards per game).
    The Black Knight defense is 96th overall in total defense (446 yards per game). Army also ranks 111th in rushing defense (219.3 yards per game), 51st in pass defense (226.7 yards per game) and 106th in scoring defense (35.1 points per game). Army has allowed 40 points or more in four games this season.
    Four-year starting quarterback Trent Steelman leads Army in rushing yards per game (101.2) while slot back Raymond Maples is averaging 100.8 yards per game rushing.

    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 74 tackles. He also has four forced fumbles, two interceptions, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and six quarterback hurries on the season.
    Greene ranks 37th nationally and third in the BIG EAST with 9.3 tackles per game.

    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 seventh in school history with 325 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. Khaseem Greene (2009-present) 325

    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 20.9 and eight of his 12 career touchdown receptions have covered 30 yards or more.
    Coleman has averaged 40.3 yards per touchdown reception in his career.
    He has 12 career touchdown receptions in 21 games played. In 2012, Coleman has 31 receptions for 450 yards and a team-best six receiving touchdowns.

    Coleman's Career Touchdown Receptions
    Opponent Yardage on TD reception
    Kent State (10/27/12) 24
    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

    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
    10.. Brandon Coleman (2011-present) 12
    Mohamed Sanu (2009-11) 12
    Mark Twitty (1974-75) 12

    Block Party
    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.
    Against Kent State, Lorenzo Waters blocked the first kick of his career (FG).

    NCAA Blocked Kick Leaders Since 2009
    1. Rutgers 29
    2. Fresno State 24

    NCAA Blocked Kick Leaders (2012)
    1. Texas 7
    2. Rutgers 6
    Marshall 6
    Ohio State 6

    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 12 games. Since 2000, Rutgers is 43-16 in games when rushing for 150 yards or more.

    Rushing Game-by-Game (Last 12 Games)
    Opponent Rushing Yards
    Kent State (10/27/12) 96
    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 46 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 24 tackles and 5.5 TFLs for the nation's sixth-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.

    National Award Semifinalists
    Rutgers has three members of its defense on the semifinal list for three of the most prominent national awards in college football. Junior CB Logan Ryan is one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back.
    Senior LB Steve Beauharnais is one of 12 linebackers on the semifinal list for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker.
    Senior LB Khaseem Greene is one of 16 candidates for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive player.

    Player Award Semifinal List
    Steve Beauharnais Butkus Award
    Khaseem Greene Bednarik Award
    Logan Ryan Jim Thorpe 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
    2012
    at Tulane (9/1/12) W, 24-12
    at USF (9/13/12) W, 23-13
    at Arkansas (9/22/12) W, 35-26
    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

    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 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.

    First-Year Records
    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) 7-1, 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 11 consecutive games, totaling 26 takeaways over the 11-game stretch.
    Even more impressive, RU has forced at least one turnover in 48 of the previous 52e 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 76-10. 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 139-54.

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