LOUISVILLE (9-2, 4-2) at RUTGERS (9-2, 5-1)
Thursday, November 29 • 7:31 p.m. • ESPN
High Point Solutions Stadium
Radio: Rutgers Radio Network
(710-WOR; 1450-WCTC; 610-WIP)
Live Stats: ScarletKnights.com
Series: Rutgers leads 7-4
• With a share of its first BIG EAST Championship already in place, No. 25 Rutgers can win the BIG EAST outright and earn a spot in a BCS Bowl for the first time with a win Thursday vs. No. 23 Louisville. Kickoff from High Point Solutions Stadium is set for 7:31 p.m. with live television coverage on ESPN. Fans can also view the game on WatchESPN.com and ESPN3. Coverage on the Rutgers Radio Network begins at 6:30 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.
• In a series that began in 1976, Rutgers leads the all-time series 7-4. In games played in Piscataway, RU leads the series 4-1.
• Since becoming BIG EAST Conference members, Louisville has won four of the seven games played.
With a Victory ...
• Clinch the first outright BIG EAST Championship in school history.
• Capture the BIG EAST’s automatic bid into a BCS Bowl.
• Rutgers would improve to 10-2, the school’s best record since 2006 (11-2).
• Secure a 10-win season for the third time in 143 years of football at Rutgers. RU also won double-digit wins in a season in 2006 (11-2) and 1976 (11-0).
• Kyle Flood would become the only first-year coach in school history to win 10 games “On the Banks” in his first season at RU.
• Finish 6-1 in the BIG EAST for the first time in school history and set the school record for BIG EAST single-season victories (6).
Ranked vs. Ranked
For just the fifth time in 143 years of football, a ranked Rutgers squad will face a ranked opponent this Thursday between the 25th-ranked Scarlet Knights and No. 23 Louisville.
Rutgers is 1-3 in games against a ranked opponent when ranked. The lone victory was against No. 3 Louisville in 2006 - 28-25 - in Piscataway on ESPN’s Thursday primetime broadcast.
All-Time Results - Ranked vs. Ranked
Date Teams (Rankings) Outcome
10/27/07 Rutgers (25) vs. W. Virginia (6) L, 31-3
10/6/07 Rutgers (21) vs. Cincinnati (20) L, 28-23
12/2/06 Rutgers (13) at W. Virginia (15) L, 41-39*
11/9/06 Rutgers (15) vs. Louisville (3) W, 28-25
* Three overtime game
Going for Outright BIG EAST Title
Rutgers looks to go 6-1 for the first time since joining the BIG EAST in 1991 Thursday with a win vs. Louisville.
The Scarlet Knights look to set the school record for conference wins with a victory. RU has six winning seasons in 22 years of BIG EAST play.
Rutgers has never finished higher than a tie for second in the BIG EAST until this season’s share of the BIG EAST title.
Best RU Records in BIG EAST Play
Year BIG EAST Rec. Overall Rec.
2012 5-1 9-2
2008 5-2 8-5
2006 5-2 11-2
1992 4-2 7-4
2011 4-3 9-4
2005 4-3 7-5
Conference Championship in Three Centuries
With Saturday’s results in the BIG EAST, Rutgers captured a share of its first BIG EAST Championship. It also gave RU conference championships in three different centuries (1894 Middle States Football League Champions; 1958, 1960, 1961 University Division Champion of the Middle Atlantic Conference and 2012 BIG EAST).
ESPN Thursday Primetime
Rutgers is making its 11th appearance all-time on ESPN’s Thursday primetime package. The Scarlet Knights have won three straight Thursday primetime appearances on ESPN - 23-13 at USF earlier this year, 31-0 over USF in 2009 and 63-14 against Louisville in 2008.
Rutgers’ ESPN Thursday Primetime Games (6-5)
USF (9/13/12) W, 23-13
USF (11/12/09) W, 31-0
Louisville (12/4/08) W, 63-14
North Carolina (9/11/08) L, 44-12
at Louisville (11/29/07) L, 41-38
#2/3 USF (10/18/07) W, 30-27
#3/4 Louisville (11/9/06) W, 28-25
Syracuse (10/9/97) L, 50-3
#10/12 Miami (9/12/96) L, 33-0
Pittsburgh (9/17/92) W, 21-16
Defensive Masterpiece in Cincinnati
Rutgers allowed just three points in its road game at Cincinnati - the lowest point total RU has ever allowed to a BIG EAST opponent on the road.
RU held Cincinnati to its lowest output of the season. Cincinnati previously averaged 34.2 points per game in 2012 and averaged 226.8 rushing yards per game. The Bearcats were held to 90 yards rushing on 28 attempts.
One of the All-Time Best in the BIG EAST
Rutgers has allowed 71 points in six BIG EAST games this season, the fifth-lowest total allowed in league history. Rutgers has allowed just 11.8 points per game against BIG EAST competition in 2012.
Points Allowed Team, Year
51 Miami, 1994
55 Miami, 2001
57 Miami, 1993
67 Miami, 2000
71 Rutgers, 2012
83 Virginia Tech, 1995
85 West Virginia, 2010
88 Virginia Tech, 1999
91 West Virginia, 1993
100 Boston College, 1994
103 Virginia Tech, 1998
The Scarlet Curtain
Rutgers ranks in the top 25 nationally in four major defensive statistical categories - scoring defense (4th, 13.7 ppg), total defense (14th, 317.4 ypg), pass efficiency defense (18th, 111.04) and rushing defense (11th, 110.7 ypg).
Rutgers is also tied for third nationally with 17 touchdowns allowed and tied for the fourth fewest rushing touchdowns allowed.
Fewest Touchdowns Allowed
1. Notre Dame 10
2. Alabama 14
3. Rutgers 17
Fewest Rushing Touchdowns Allowed
1. Notre Dame 2
2. BYU 5
Michigan State 5
4. Rutgers 6
Utah State 6
Defense Wins Championships
Rutgers boasts the nation’s fourth-best scoring defense, allowing just 13.7 points per game.
Scoring Defense National Leaders
1. Alabama 10.1
Notre Dame 10.1
3. Florida 11.7
4. Rutgers 12.4
Rutgers scored 10 points in its win at Cincinnati - its lowest point total in a victory since 1998.
RU defeated Richmond 7-6 in the 1998 season opener on Sept. 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
The 1,000-Yard Club
Sophomore running back Jawan Jamison became the third RU player since 1976 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season in 2012. He is the seventh player at Rutgers to record a 1,000-yard season.
1,000-Yard Rushing Seasons at Rutgers
1. Ray Rice (2007) 2,012
2. Ray Rice (2006) 1,794
3. “JJ” Jennings (1973) 1,353
4. “JJ” Jennings (1972) 1,262
5. Terrell Willis (1993) 1,261
6. Bryant Mitchell (1968) 1,204
7. Curt Edwards (1975) 1,157
8. Ray Rice (2005) 1,120
9. Terrell Willis (1994) 1,080
10. Toady Bracher (1915) 1,021
11. Jawan Jamison (2012) 1,004
Carrying the Lumber
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.
Savon Huggins equaled the school record with 41 rushes for 179 yards in the victory at Cincinnati November 17.
Single-Game Rushing Attempts
1. 41 Savon Huggins at Cincinnati 11/17/12
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
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
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 33-2 as a starting quarterback when entering the season as the starter under center. Overall, he is 36-4 as his team’s starting signal caller.
Nova’s Record as a Starter
2009 and 2010 at Don Bosco Prep 24-0
2011 at Rutgers 3-2
2012 at Rutgers 9-2
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 3,835 career passing yards, sixth in school history.
Nova has 31 career touchdown passes in just 21 games played - the sixth-highest total in RU history.
Nova’s 307 career completions rank seventh in school history while his 20 touchdown passes in 2012 are tied for second on the single-season touchdown list.
Career Touchdown Pass Leaders
1. Mike Teel (2005-08) 59
2. Ryan Hart (2002-05) 52
3. Ray Lucas (1992-95) 43
4. Mike McMahon (1997-00) 41
Scott Erney (1986-89) 41
6. Gary Nova (2011-present) 31
Career Passing Yardage Leaders
1. Mike Teel (2005-08) 9,383
2. Ryan Hart (2002-05) 8,482
3. Scott Erney (1986-89) 7,188
4. Mike McMahon (1997-00) 6,608
5. Ray Lucas (1992-95) 5,896
6. Gary Nova (2011-present) 3,835
Single-Season Touchdown Pass Leaders
1. Mike Teel (2008) 25
2. Mike Teel (2007) 20
Gary Nova (2012) 20 *RU Sophomore record
4. Ryan Hart (2005) 18
Mike McMahon (2000) 18
Single-Season Passing Yardage Leaders
1. Mike Teel (2008) 3,418
2. Ryan Hart (2004) 3,154
3. Mike Teel (2007) 3,147
4. Ryan Hart (2003) 2,714
5. Scott Erney (1989) 2,536
6. Gary Nova (2012) 2,282 *RU Sophomore record
This Week’s Opponent: Louisville
Third-year head coach Charlie Strong leads Louisville into Thursday’s BIG EAST showdown with a 9-2 record (4-2 BIG EAST). The Cardinals own victories over Kentucky (32-14), Missouri State (35-7), North Carolina (39-34), FIU (28-21), Southern Miss (21-17), Pitt (45-35), USF (27-25), Cincinnati (34-31, OT) and Temple (45-17) while losing its last two to Syracuse (45-26) and UConn (23-20, 3OT).
Louisville features one of the nation’s most prolific passing offenses under the leadership of sophomore QB Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater leads the BIG EAST and ranks sixth nationally in passing efficiency and is second in the league in total offense (296.1 yards per game).
The Cards are 26th nationally in passing offense (296.5 yards per game), 44th in total offense (431.3 yards per game), 40th in scoring offense (32.0 points per game) and 91st in rushing offense (134.8 yards per game).
Louisville has the nation’s No. 26 total defense (345.5 yards per game). The Cardinals also rank 60th in rushing defense (159.9 yards per game), 48th in pass efficiency defense (126.24), 44th in scoring defense (24.5 points per game) and 14th in pass defense (185.6 yards 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 and the BIG EAST with 115 tackles. He also has six forced fumbles, two interceptions, 10.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and five pass breakups in 2012.
Greene ranks tied for 14th nationally and tied for first in the BIG EAST with 10.5 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 fifth in school history with 366 career tackles. He was named ESPN’s College Football National Defensive Player of the Day on Twitter following the Syracuse win Oct. 13 and following the victory over Army (Nov. 10).
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. Khaseem Greene (2009-present) 366
Greene is Money
Khaseem Greene finished with a career-high 22 tackles (6 solo, 16 assists) in the Army win. It was the fourth-highest total by a player in the nation in 2012.
NCAA Single-Game Tackle Leaders in 2012
1. Albert Rosette, Nev. 25 vs. Air Force (10/26/12)
2. Marvin Burdette, UAB 24 vs. Tulane (10/27/12)
Nick Clancy, Boston College 24 vs. NW (9/15/12)
4. Khaseem Greene, RU 22 vs. Army (11/10/12)
Dray Bell, Nev. 22 vs. Air Force (10/26/12)
Greene tied for the fifth-best single-game tackle total in BIG EAST history vs. Army. He is the first Scarlet Knight since Dax Strohmeyer (11/13/99) against Syracuse to eclipse the 20-tackle mark in a game. Strohmeyer had 23 tackles vs. the Orange.
Greene recorded the third-best single-game tackle total in RU history in the win over Army.
Rutgers Single-Game Tackle Leaders
1. Tyronne Stowe vs. West Virginia, 11/8/86 27
2. Dax Strohmeyer vs. Syracuse, 11/13/99 23
3. Khaseem Greene vs. Army, 11/10/12 22
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 20.6 and nine of his 15 career touchdown receptions have covered 30 yards or more.
Coleman has averaged 36.6 yards per touchdown reception in his career.
He has 15 career touchdown receptions in 24 games played. In 2012, Coleman has 37 receptions for 563 yards and a team-best nine receiving touchdowns. Coleman also leads the BIG EAST with nine receiving touchdowns.
Coleman’s Career Touchdown Receptions
Opponent Yardage on TD reception
Pitt (11/24/12) 11
Army (11/10/12) 16
Army (11/10/12) 31
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
Career Receiving Touchdown Leaders
1. Tim Brown (2006-09) 20
2. Mark Harrison (2009-present) 17
Kenny Britt (2006-08) 17
Chris Brantley (1990-93) 17
4. Tiquan Underwood (2005-08) 16
4. Marco Battaglia (1992-95) 16
4. Tres Moses (2001-05) 16
8. Brandon Coleman (2011-present) 15
Single-Season Receiving Touchdown Leaders
1. Marco Battaglia (1995) 10
2. Brandon Coleman (2012) 9
Mark Harrison (2010) 9
Tim Brown (2009) 9
Bob Simms (1958) 9
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).
In the Army win, RU blocked two field goals in the 28-7 victory (Jamal Merrell, Marcus Cooper).
NCAA Blocked Kick Leaders Since 2009
1. Rutgers 31
2. Fresno State 24
NCAA Blocked Kick Leaders (2012)
1. Rutgers 8
3. Texas 7
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 44-16 when rushing for 150 yards or more in a game since 2000 and 3-0 this season.
Since 2006, Rutgers is 32-7 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 49 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 46 tackles and is second on the team with 9.5 TFLs. Vallone tied a career-high with 12 tackles in the Army win.
Top 25 Recruiting Class
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
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 four nine-win campaigns since 1980, with all four 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 nine wins are more than the last three coaches in their first year “On the Banks” and the most in school history for a first-year head coach.
Head Coach (Year) Record
Kyle Flood (2012) 9-2, 5-1 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 17th career receiving touchdown in the 10-3 victory at Cincinnati. Harrison scored on a 71-yard touchdown reception, the longest catch of his career.
Rutgers Career Receiving Touchdown Leaders
1. Tim Brown (2006-09) 20
2. Mark Harrison (2009-present) 17
Kenny Britt (2006-08) 17
Chris Brantley (1990-93) 17
4. Tiquan Underwood (2005-08) 16
4. Marco Battaglia (1992-95) 16
4. Tres Moses (2001-05) 16
8. Brandon Coleman (2011-present) 15
Defense Continues to Force Turnovers
Rutgers has forced a turnover in 14 consecutive games, totaling 32 takeaways over the 14-game stretch.
Even more impressive, RU has forced at least one turnover in 51 of the previous 55 games, dating back to 2008.
Strong Second Half
Rutgers has come out of the halftime break on fire in 2012, outscoring the opposition 82-13. 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 169-63.
Memorable First Career Start
Sophomore RB Savon Huggins had one of the finest first career starts of any player in RU history November 17 at Cincinnati. Huggins tied a school record with 41 rushing attempts for a career-high 179 yards in RU’s 10-3 win.
Player, Opponent Att.-Yards-TD
Terrell Willis at Army (10-16-93) 37-221-4
Savon Huggins at Cincinnati (11-17-12) 41-179-0
Jourdan Brooks at Navy (9-20-08) 22-134-2
“JJ” Jennings vs. Colgate (11-20-71) 21-108-3
Bruce Presley vs. WVU (11-14-92) 27-105-0
Kordell Young vs. Fresno State (9-1-08) 26-94-0
Mason Robinson vs. UNC (9-11-08) 16-82-0
Joe Martinek vs. Louisville (12-4-08) 18-57-0
Ray Rice at Illinois (9-3-05) 12-55-0
Jawan Jamison at Syracuse (10-1-11) 24-48-0
Brian Leonard vs. Buffalo (8-30-03) * 6-11-0
* started at fullback
No Slogan Needed for Logan
Junior CB Logan Ryan has shown why he is regarded as one of the nation’s top all-around cornerbacks in 2012. The South Jersey native is the only player in the nation with at least 75 tackles, four interceptions and 15 passes defended.
Ryan By The Numbers
Category (Total) National Rank
Pass Breakups (14) T-14
Passes Defended (18) T-7
Interceptions (4) T-20
Ryan ranks second on the team with 77 tackles in 2012. In 35 career games played, Ryan has 29 pass breakups.
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.
As head coach, from 1973 to 1983, Burns earned the most wins in school history, 78, including an undefeated season in 1976.