RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS at SYRACUSE ORANGE
Carrier Dome (49,262/FieldTurf)
Saturday, October 1 • Noon • BIG EAST Network
BIG EAST Network Game of the Week
Mike Gleason, John Congemi and Eamon McAnaney
Rutgers Radio/Syracuse Radio
WOR-AM 710 (flagship) WTKW-FM 99.5 (flagship)
The Rutgers-Syracuse series dates to a 14-14 tie at Archbold Stadium in the 1914 season … Syracuse holds a 30-10-1 series lead and has won two straight against the Scarlet Knights … Rutgers had won four straight prior to Syracuse’s current two-game run … Syracuse K Ross Krautman hit a pair of second-half field goals last year, which proved to be the difference in the Orange’s 13-10 win in Piscataway, N.J.
Greg Schiano (Bucknell ’88)
61-63, 11th season
Rutgers returned from a bye week with a 38-26 win against previously unbeaten Ohio at High Point Solutions Stadium … The Scarlet Knights opened with a 48-0 win against North Carolina Central and a 24-22 loss at North Carolina … Rutgers is looking to snap a six-game losing streak in road games — the last road win was a 19-14 decision at Florida International Sept. 11, 2010 … The young season is proving to be a breakout year for WR Mohamed Sanu, who enters Saturday’s game as the national leader in receptions (12.0 per game) … Sanu has 36 receptions for 363 yards and four touchdowns following a BIG EAST-record 16-catch outing against Ohio … Sanu leads the BIG EAST and ranks eighth nationally in receiving yards (121.0 ypg) … QB Chas Dodd has thrown six touchdown passes and two interceptions and has completed 55 of 96 passes for 588 yards … RB Jawan Jamison has emerged as the featured tailback after he registered 29 carries for 97 yards against Ohio … Rutgers’ defense has forced 13 turnovers, while the Scarlet Knights rank second nationally in turnover margin (3.3 per game) … The defense ranks third nationally in sacks (4.0 per game) with DT Scott Vallone and DE Justin Francis entering Saturday’s game with 2.5 sacks each … S Duron Harmon has a team-high three interceptions.
Doug Marrone (Syracuse ’91)
15-14, third season
Syracuse improved to 3-1 with its second overtime win of the season — a 33-30 decision against Toledo at the Carrier Dome … The Orange opened the year with an overtime win against Wake Forest (36-29) … The lone loss was a 38-17 setback at Southern California Sept. 17 … Syracuse has been outscored by its opponent in each of the first three quarters this season, but has a 49-29 scoring advantage after the start of the fourth quarter … QB Ryan Nassib ranks third in the BIG EAST in passing at 234.8 yards per game … Nassib has completed 71.4 percent of his passes (90 of 126) — the best mark of any BIG EAST starter this year — for 939 yards and nine touchdowns with just one interception … RB Antwon Bailey ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in rushing (79.5 yards per game) … Bailey has rushed for 318 yards and three touchdowns on 77 carries … The top receivers are WR Alec Lemon (25 rec., 236 yards, 3 TDs) and WR Van Chew (18 rec., 279 yards, 3 TDs) … S Phillip Thomas has a team-high 30 tackles with two interceptions … DT Deon Goggins leads the squad with four tackles for loss.