RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
North Carolina Tar Heels
Kenan Stadium (63,000/Natural Grass)
Chapel Hill, N.C.
— Steve Martin, Dave Archer and Mike Hogewood
WOR-AM 710 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the sixth meeting between Rutgers and North Carolina … The Tar Heels hold a 3-2 series lead … The schools first met Nov. 1, 1894, renewed acquaintances in 1919 and didn’t play again until 2006, when Rutgers was a 21-16 winner in Chapel Hill … North Carolina has won two straight in the series, including a 17-13 decision last year in Piscataway, N.J. … Rutgers scored on its first two possessions in last year’s meeting, but was held to just three points the rest of the way.
Greg Schiano (Bucknell ’88)
60-63, 11th season
Rutgers erased a six-game losing streak that closed the 2010 season with a 48-0 win against North Carolina Central last Thursday … The Scarlet Knights held a 7-0 lead after the first quarter, a 21-0 edge at halftime and broke the game open with 24 points in the third quarter … Rutgers scored four offensive touchdowns, two defensive touchdowns and had two field goals in the balanced effort against North Carolina Central … Three players registered at least 10 rushing attempts against North Carolina Central, with RB Jawan Jamison turning in a team-high 54 yards on 17 carries … RB Savon Huggins had a pair of rushing touchdowns in his collegiate debut … Rutgers also saw two quarterbacks find the end zone as QB Chas Dodd therw for 113 yards and a TD on 9-of-17 passing, while QB Gary Nova threw for 97 yards and a score, completing 6-of-17 … WR Mohamed Sanu had seven receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown … SS Duron Harmon keyed a defensive effort that held North Carolina Central to just 120 yards of offense and eight rushing yards … Harmon had two interceptions, including a 37-yard return for a touchdown … The Scarlet Knights registered nine sacks against North Carolina Central.
NORTH CAROLINA (1-0)
Interim Head Coach
Everett Withers (Appalachian State ’85)
1-0, first season
North Carolina opened with a 42-10 win against James Madison Saturday … It was the first win for Everett Withers, who is serving as the Tar Heels’ interim coach after Butch Davis was dismissed July 27 … Withers had been North Carolina’s defensive coordinator since 2008 … North Carolina has finished each of the last three seasons at 8-5 … QB Bryn Renner will make his second career start … Renner had attempted just two career passes prior to last week’s season-opener, but completed 22 of 23 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns against James Madison … Renner’s .957 completion percentage is the highest in ACC history for a passer with at least 20 attempts … North Carolina lost its three leading rushers from last year … RB Giovani Bernand rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns, while RB Ryan Houston had 16 carries for 59 yards and a TD against James Madison … WR Dwight Jones had nine receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns against the Dukes … DE Quinton Coples was an All-ACC First Team selection last season … Coples had two sacks in the opener against James Madison … North Carolina is 7-5 at home since 2009.