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  • No. 18 RUTGERS (9-1, 5-0BIG EAST ) at Pittsburgh (4-6, 1-4BIG EAST)
    Saturday, November 24 • 12:00 p.m. • ESPN2
    Heinz Field
    Pittsburgh, Pa.

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

    Series: Pitt leads 21-8

    The Game
    • No. 18 Rutgers (9-1, 5-0) is in search of a share of its first BIG EAST championship in school history Saturday with a victory at Pittsburgh. Kickoff from Heinz Field is set for 12 noon with live television coverage on ESPN2. Fans can also view the game on WatchESPN.com and ESPN3. 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
    • In a series that began in 1981, Pitt leads the all-time series 21-8. Rutgers has won five of the previous seven meetings, including last year’s 34-10 victory in Piscataway.
    • Rutgers is 3-11 all-time at Pitt, but has won two of the last three games at Heinz Field.

    With a Victory ...
    • Clinch a share of the school’s first BIG EAST championship.
    • Rutgers would improve to 10-1, the school’s best start after 11 games since 2006 (10-1).
    • 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.
    • Move to 6-0 in the BIG EAST for the first time in school history and set the school record for BIG EAST single-season victories (6).
    • Capture the sixth road win of the season, which would establish a school record.

    Going for 6-0 in the BIG EAST
    Rutgers looks to go 6-0 for the first time since joining the BIG EAST in 1991 Saturday with a win at Pitt.
    The Scarlet Knights look to set the school record for conference wins with a victory Saturday. 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. With a win Saturday at Pitt, RU earns a share of its first BIG EAST championship.

    Best RU Records in BIG EAST Play
    Year BIG EAST Rec. Overall Rec.
    2012 5-0 9-1
    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

    Winning Away from Home
    Rutgers is the only BIG EAST school with an undefeated record on the road this season (5-0). The combined record of the seven other BIG EAST schools in 2012 on the road is 11-21.
    With a win at Pitt, RU would win six road games in a season for the first time in school history.

    November BIG EAST Road Wins
    With two BIG EAST road games this November, RU has a chance to win two BIG EAST November road games for the first time.
    The Scarlet Knights are 5-25 all-time in BIG EAST road games in November.

    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.

    The Scarlet Curtain
    Rutgers ranks in the top 25 nationally in four major defensive statistical categories - scoring defense (4th, 12.4 ppg), total defense (14th, 314.6 ypg), pass efficiency defense (15th, 109.9) and rushing defense (12th, 108.0 ypg).
    Rutgers is also tied for second nationally with 14 touchdowns allowed and five rushing touchdowns allowed in 2012.

    Fewest Rushing Touchdowns Allowed
    1. Notre Dame 2
    2. Rutgers 5
    BYU 5
    Michigan State 5

    Fewest Touchdowns Allowed
    1. Notre Dame 9
    2. Rutgers 14
    Alabama 14
    Florida 14

    Defense Wins Championships
    Rutgers boasts the nation’s fourth-best scoring defense, allowing just 12.4 points per game. RU has allowed 44 points in five BIG EAST victories on the season (13 vs. USF, 3 vs. UConn, 15 vs. Syracuse, 10 vs. Temple, 3 vs. Cincinnati).

    Scoring Defense National Leaders
    1. Alabama 10.1
    Notre Dame 10.1
    3. Florida 11.7
    4. Rutgers 12.4

    Low-Scoring Victory
    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

    Coming Into His Own
    Sophomore running back Jawan Jamison ranks 33rd nationally and third in the BIG EAST with 99 rushing yards per game.
    The Starke, Fla., native is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and has 990 rushing yards on the season. With 10 additional yards rushing in 2012, Jamison will become the third RU player since 1976 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He would become the seventh player at Rutgers to record a 1,000-yard season.
    Jamison needs 113 rushing yards to become the 14th player in school history to reach the 2,000-yard plateau.

    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

    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

    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 12 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 11 runs of 20 yards or more in 2012.
    Jawan Jamison has eight of the 11 long plays on the ground this season.

    Year Long Rush Plays of 20+ Yards
    2012 11
    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 33-1 as a starting quarterback when entering the season as the starter under center. Overall, he is 36-3 as his team’s starting signal caller.
    Nova has thrown for 19 touchdown passes already in 2012 - seven more than all of 2011. On the season, Nova is 173-of-283 passing for 2,125 yards and 18 touchdowns.

    Nova’s Record as a Starter
    2009 and 2010 at Don Bosco Prep 24-0
    2011 at Rutgers 3-2
    2012 at Rutgers 9-1
    Career 36-3

    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 3,555 career passing yards, 10th in school history.
    Nova has 30 career touchdown passes in just 20 games played - tied for the sixth-highest total in RU history.
    Nova’s 289 career completions rank eighth in school history while his 19 touchdown passes in 2012 are third on the single-season touchdown list.

    Single-Season Touchdown Pass Leaders
    1. Mike Teel (2008) 25
    2. Mike Teel (2007) 20
    3. Gary Nova (2012) 19
    4. Ryan Hart (2005) 18
    Mike McMahon (2000) 18

    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% completion percentage, 945 yards passing with five touchdowns and nine interceptions, he has turned it up in the second half.
    In the second half, Nova has been sensational - completing 63.0 percent of his passes for 1,180 yards. Even more impressive, Nova has 14 touchdowns and three 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 65.9 percent of his passes in the third quarter. Nova has not thrown an interception in the third quarter in 2012 (85 attempts).

    This Week’s Opponent: Pitt
    First-year head coach Paul Chryst leads Pitt into Saturday’s game with an overall record of 4-6, including a 1-4 mark in the BIG EAST. The Panthers own victories over Virginia Tech (35-17), Gardner-Webb (55-10), Buffalo (20-6) and Temple (47-17). Pitt has lost to Youngstown State (31-17), Cincinnati (34-10), Syracuse (14-13), Louisville (45-35), Connecticut (24-17) and in triple overtime to No. 1 Notre Dame 29-26.
    Pitt is led by senior running back Ray Graham, the half brother of Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene. Graham is averaging 83.5 yards per game rushing and has scored 10 combined touchdowns in 2012.
    Pitt ranks 58th nationally in total offense (411.3 ypg), 88th in rushing offense (139.5 ypg), 38th in passing offense (271.8 ypg) and 71st in scoring offense (27.5 ppg).
    On defense, Pitt ranks 36th nationally in total defense (358.6 ypg). The Panthers are 31st in scoring defense (22.7 ppg), 46th in rushing defense (149.1 ypg) and 36th in pass defense (209.5 ypg).

    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 107 tackles. He also has six forced fumbles, two interceptions, 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and six quarterback hurries on the season.
    Greene ranks 11th nationally and first in the BIG EAST with 10.7 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 sixth in school history with 358 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. Pat Udovich (1986-89) 363
    6. Khaseem Greene (2009-present) 358
    7. Aaron Brady (1995-98) 354
    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 20.8 and nine of his 14 career touchdown receptions have covered 30 yards or more.
    Coleman has averaged 37.9 yards per touchdown reception in his career.
    He has 14 career touchdown receptions in 23 games played. In 2012, Coleman has 36 receptions for 552 yards and a team-best eight receiving touchdowns. Coleman also leads the BIG EAST with eight receiving touchdowns.

    Coleman’s Career Touchdown Receptions
    Opponent Yardage on TD reception
    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

    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) 14

    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).
    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
    UCLA 8
    3. Texas 7
    Marshall 7

    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.

    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 48 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 38 tackles and is second on the team with 7.5 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

    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 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) 9-1, 5-0 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 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) 14

    Defense Continues to Force Turnovers
    Rutgers has forced a turnover in 13 consecutive games, totaling 31 takeaways over the 13-game stretch.
    Even more impressive, RU has forced at least one turnover in 50 of the previous 54 games, dating back to 2008.

    Strong Second Half
    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 163-57.

    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

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