PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Nov. 16, 2013) – Rutgers (5-4, 2-3) suffered a 52-17 defeat against conference opponent Cincinnati (8-2, 5-1) on Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium.
“I've got to give credit to Coach Tuberville, his staff and his football team,” said head coach Kyle Flood. “We knew they had a good football team, and they out-executed us today. They out-coached us today. I think they did a great job.”
The Bearcats jumped ahead 10-0 early behind Tony Miliano’s 36-yard field goal at the 11:15 mark and Brendan Kay’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Anthony McClung with 10:29 to go in the first quarter.
Rutgers would respond with a forced fumble caused by Anthony Cioffi (Springfield, N.J.). It was Cioffi’s second forced fumble this season. Cioffi also recorded a team-high nine tackles on the day.
The Scarlet Knights took advantage of the good field position and entered the red zone behind a couple of Paul James (Glassboro, N.J.) runs. Junior quarterback Gary Nova (Elmwood Park, N.J.) then connected with junior receiver Brandon Coleman (Accokeek, Md.) for a 16-yard touchdown reception, which capped a seven-play, 50-yard drive for the Scarlet Knights and cut the Bearcats’ lead to three.
Coleman’s touchdown reception was the 19th of his career and landed him second all time for career touchdown receptions at Rutgers. He trails Tim Brown for the all-time record by one score.
Cincinnati responded quickly with a 66-yard touchdown pass to Anthony McClung. The scoring pass was only the third play of the drive and gave the Bearcats a 17-7 lead with 1:57 to go in the first.
The Bearcats followed up the touchdown with a successful onside kick recovered by Max Morrison. Cincinnati would then orchestrate a four-play, 53-yard drive capped off with a Shaq Washington touchdown pass to Chris Moore to give the Bearcats a 24-7 lead.
From that point, Cincinnati would go on to outscore the Knight 28-10 en route to their eighth win of the season.
Senior quarterback Chas Dodd (Lyman, S.C.) entered the game in the 4th quarter for Gary Nova. Dodd went 9-12 with 79 yards. Nova went 18-38 with 170 yards and a touchdown before Dodd entered the game.
Junior running back Savon Huggins (Jackson, N.J.) gave the Scarlet Knights their only other touchdown of day with a one-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Coleman led the team in receptions and yards with six and 77, respectively.
Sophomore kicker Kyle Federico (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) made a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to bring his season total to six.
Rutgers football will be back in action on Nov. 21 when they face UCF in Orlando. A win will make RU bowl eligible for the eighth time in nine years.
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- WR Quron Pratt served as a game captain along with WR Brandon Coleman, QB Gary Nova, LB Jamal Merrell, DL Jamil Merrell.
- First career start: DT David Milewski
- Today’s game marked the 19th all-time meeting between Rutgers and Cincinnati. The series is now tied 9-9-1. The Scarlet Knights were looking to beat the Bearcats for the third straight season after winning in 2011 and 2012.
- CB Anthony Cioffi forced fumble in the first quarter to lead to a Rutgers touchdown. He also forced a fumble on a strip sack at Louisville. Cioffi led RU with a team-high nine tackles. The nine stops were also a career-best for the true freshman.
- WR Brandon Coleman slid his foot in the corner of the end zone to record his thirdtouchdown of the season and 19th of his career. He is now solelysecond in program history with 19 touchdown receptions and is one behind career leader Tim Brown (2006-09).
- QB Gary Nova now has 51 career touchdowns. Nova finished the day 18-of-38 passing for 170 yards.
- Nova moved into fifth place in Rutgers history with 491 career completions. Nova is now also tied for fourth place in Rutgers single-season history with 18 touchdown passes in 2013.
- Junior FB Michael Burton finished with a career-high four receptions for 21 yards. His previous single-game best for receptions was two.
- Redshirt freshman CB Ruhann Peele recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter. The Linden native returned the interception 37 yards.
- Sophomore RB Paul James returned to action since suffering a lower leg injury against Arkansas on September 21. James started the game at running back and led Rutgers with 19 carries for 78 yards (4.1 yards per carry).
- Junior DE David Milewski set a personal-best with seven tackles in his first career start. Milewski’s previous game-high in tackles was five.