RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
Heinz Field (65,060/Natural Grass)
Saturday, November 24 • Noon • ESPN2
ESPN2 — Beth Mowins and Joey Galloway - WATCH LIVE
WOR-AM 710 (flagship)
KDKA-FM 93.7 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the 30th meeting between Pittsburgh and Rutgers in a series that dates to 1981 … Pittsburgh holds a 21-8 series lead … Rutgers was a 34-10 winner last year in Piscataway, N.J., as the Scarlet Knights outscored the Panthers by a 28-7 margin in the second half … The Panthers won back-to-back meetings in 2009 and 2010 … Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham and Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene are brothers.
22/20 RUTGERS (9-1, 5-0 BIG EAST)
Kyle Flood (Iona ’93)
9-1, first season
Rutgers is 5-0 in BIG EAST play for the first time in school history … A Rutgers win coupled with a Louisville loss to Connecticut would send the Scarlet Knights to a Bowl Championship Series game for the first time … Head coach Kyle Flood is the third Scarlet Knight coach — and the first since John Bateman in 1960 — to win nine games in his first season … The Scarlet Knights rank fourth nationally in scoring defense (12.4 ppg) and 14th in total defense (312.6 ypg) … RB Jawan Jamison is third in the BIG EAST in rushing at 99.0 yards per game … Jamison has rushed for at least 100 yards in six of his 10 games this season … QB Gary Nova has thrown for 2,125 yards and 19 touchdowns with 12 interceptions … LB Khaseem Greene, the 2011 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, leads the BIG EAST with 107 tackles to go with 5.5 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and two interceptions … Greene, a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award as the nation’s top defensive player, is one of three members of the Rutgers defense who are candidates for national honors … LB Steve Beauharnais is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award as the top linebacker, while CB Logan Ryan is a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, which goes to the top defensive back.
PITTSBURGH (4-6, 1-4 BIG EAST)
Paul Chryst (Wisconsin ’88)
4-6, first season
Pittsburgh looks to snap a two-game slide and play its way into bowl-eligibity with two games remaining … The Panthers were idle last week on the heels of a 24-17 loss at Connecticut Nov. 9 … After committing seven turnovers in its first five games, Pittsburgh has played turnover-free football in five consecutive games … Pittsburgh’s seven giveaways rank second nationally among FBS teams … QB Tino Sunseri will make his 37th consecutive start … Sunseri has thrown for 2,148 yards and 14 touchdowns with just one interception in his last eight games … Overall, Sunseri has thrown for 2,665 yards and 16 TDs with just two interceptions … Sunseri has thrown 206 consecutive passes without an interception, good for the second-longest active streak in the nation … WR Devin Street is second in the BIG EAST in receptions (5.9 per game) and receiving yards (80.6 ypg) … RB Ray Graham is fifth in the BIG EAST in rushing (83.5 ypg) and has eight rushing touchdowns … Graham is the active BIG EAST career leader in total touchdowns (33) and rushing TDs (29) … S Jason Hendricks has a BIG EAST-leading four interceptions to go with 67 tackles.