RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
Milan Puskar Stadium (60,000/Field Turf)
ABC - Mike Patrick and Craig James
WOR-AM 790 (flagship)
West Virginia Radio
Mountaineer Sports Network
Sirius 121; XM 141
Rutgers and West Virginia trace their rivalry to 1916, beginning a series that numbers 37 games prior to Saturday’s matchup … West Virginia holds a 31-4-2 series lead and has won the last 15 meetings against the Scarlet Knights … Rutgers’ last win was in the 1994 season (17-12 at Rutgers Stadium) … West Virginia is 16-0 against Rutgers in Morgantown … The Mountaineers were 41-39 winners in triple-overtime in 2006 … Last year’s game was a 24-21 win for West Virginia, which got rushing touchdowns from RB Noel Devine and RB Ryan Clarke and a defensive touchdown on an interception return by SS Sidney Glover … West Virginia has won 17 of the 19 BIG EAST matchups between the schools.
RUTGERS (4-7, 1-5 BIG EAST)
Greg Schiano (Bucknell ’88)
59-62, 10th season
Rutgers will see a five-year run of bowl eligibility end this season after last week’s loss to Louisville extended the Scarlet Knights’ losing streak to five games … Rutgers is 1-3 on the road … The Scarlet Knights’ lone BIG EAST win this season was against Connecticut, which would be the conference’s BCS representative with a win Saturday night … Freshman QB Chas Dodd has thrown for 1,498 yards and nine touchdowns with seven interceptions this season … Four different players have registered 100-yard rushing games this season … RB Jordan Thomas is the leading rusher with 354 yards and one touchdown … WR Jeremy Deering and WR Mohamed Sanu are both rushing threats from the Wildcat formation … WR Mark Harrison has a team-high 763 receiving yards and eight touchdown receptions … LB Antonio Lowery has a team-high 97 tackles, good for third in the BIG EAST … The Scarlet Knights have scored three special teams touchdowns and have blocked eight kicks this season.
WEST VIRGINIA (8-3, 4-2 BIG EAST)
Bill Stewart (Fairmont State ’75)
26-11, third season at West Virginia
34-36, sixth year as collegiate head coach
West Virginia has won three straight and enters Saturday’s game tied for first place in the BIG EAST standings … The Mountaineers would get at least a share of the BIG EAST title with a win against Rutgers … West Virginia would win the conference’s BCS bid with a win against Rutgers and a Connecticut loss to USF … West Virginia remains the only team in the nation that has not allowed more than 21 points in a game this season … The Mountaineers rank second nationally in scoring defense (12.6 ppg) and third in total defense (255.7 ypg) … West Virginia ranks sixth nationally in sacks (3.1 per game) … RB Noel Devine has rushed for 855 yards and six touchdowns … QB Geno Smith has thrown for 2,215 yards and 22 touchdowns with six interceptions … WR Jock Sanders is second in the BIG EAST in receptions (5.3 per game), while WR Tavon Austin is fourth (4.3 per game) … CB Keith Tandy leads the BIG EAST with six interceptions while DE Bruce Irvin has a conference-leading 10 sacks.