RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
Nippert Stadium (35,000/Field Turf)
BIG EAST Network — Trey Bender and Je’Rod Cherry
WOR-AM 790 (flagship)
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Cincinnati and Rutgers first met in the 1980 season and the teams have split 15 previous meetings … Each team has won seven games and the 1989 game ended in a 17-17 tie … Cincinnati has won the last four against Rutgers and is 4-1 against the Scarlet Knights as a BIG EAST member … The schools met on Labor Day last season as Cincinnati began its 12-0 regular season with a 47-15 win behind three touchdown passes from QB Tony Pike … Rutgers is looking for its first win at Nippert Stadium since 1987.
RUTGERS (4-5, 1-3 BIG EAST)
Greg Schiano (Bucknell ’88)
59-60, 10th season
Rutgers looks to bounce back from a losing streak that reached three games after last week’s 13-10 loss to Syracuse … Aside from a season-opening win against Norfolk State (31-0) and a Oct. 23 loss to Pittsburgh (41-21), each of Rutgers’ other seven games has been decided by no more than five points … The Scarlet Knights are 1-2 on the road this season … QB Chas Dodd (80-for-143, 986 yards, 5 TD, 3 INT) has started the last five games after QB Tom Savage (43-for-83, 521 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT) started the first four … Savage relieved Dodd for the second half of last week’s game against Syracuse … Rutgers ranks eighth in the BIG EAST in rushing (112.0 yards per game) … WR Mohamed Sanu is the leading receiver (41 receptions, 398 yards) and rusher (59 carries, 309 yards, four TDs) … LB Antonio Lowery has a team-high 82 tackles, good for third in the BIG EAST … The Scarlet Knights had just seven sacks of opposing quarterbacks prior to last week’s game, but had six sacks against Syracuse … Rutgers leads the BIG EAST in turnover margin (0.89 per game) … The Scarlet Knights have scored three special teams touchdowns and have blocked five kicks this season … SS Joe Lefeged has three blocks.
CINCINNATI (3-6, 1-3 BIG EAST)
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
3-6, first season at Cincinnati
30-18, fourth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati returns home looking to snap a three-game slide … The Bearcats are 2-3 at home this season, but have lost two straight home games … Cincinnati has scored 35, 40 and 45 points in its three wins and has gone 0-6 when it has scored 30 points or fewer … Cincinnati leads the BIG EAST in total offense (409.2 yards per game) , but is seventh in total defense (361.7 ypg) and eighth in scoring defense (25.8 ppg) … QB Zach Collaros returned to the starting lineup last week against West Virginia after missing one game with a knee injury … Collaros leads the BIG EAST in passing (267.4 yards per game) and total offense (274.1 ypg) … Collaros has thrown for 2,139 yards and 20 touchdowns against six interceptions … RB Isaiah Pead is fifth in the BIG EAST in rushing at 87.0 yards per game … WR Armon Binns has 57 receptions for 826 yards and nine touchdowns and leads the BIG EAST in all three categories … LB J.K. Schaffer is second in the conference in tackles (9.4 per game).