USF BULLS at RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
High Point Solutions Stadium (52,454/FieldTurf)
Saturday, November 5 • 7 p.m. • ESPN3
ESPN3 — Dave Popkin and Rob Harley
USF Radio Rutgers Radio
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship) WOR-AM 710 (flagship)
Saturday’s game is the seventh meeting between USF and Rutgers … The Scarlet Knights hold a 4-2 series lead, with a four-game winning streak bookended by USF wins in 2005 and 2010 … Rutgers has been a spoiler of sorts for USF — the Scarlet Knights scored a 30-27 win in 2007, when the Bulls were ranked No. 2 in the nation, and were 31-0 winners in 2009 when USF was ranked No. 23 … USF was a 28-27 winner last year in Tampa as the Bulls got the game-winning points on a fumble recovery in the end zone by OT Jacob Sims.
USF (4-3, 0-3 BIG EAST)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
12-8, second season at USF
84-58, 12th season as collegiate head coach
USF looks to snap a losing streak that reached three games after a 37-34 setback to Cincinnati Oct. 22 … The Bulls opened the year with four straight wins in which they averaged 45.5 points … USF is 1-2 on the road this season and in the middle of a stretch in which it plays four of five away from home … USF is second in the BIG EAST in total offense (478.9 yards per game) and rushing offense (196.7 ypg) … The Bulls have scored 156 of their 243 points in the first half this season … QB B.J. Daniels is second in the BIG EAST in passing (266.7 yards per game) and is eighth in the conference in rushing (53.7 ypg) … Daniels has thrown for 1,867 yards and 11 touchdowns with four interceptions … RB Darrell Scott is the leading rusher with 511 yards and five TDs on the year … The Bulls lost leading WR Sterling Griffin to a season-ending ankle injury against Cincinnati … LB DeDe Lattimore has a team-high 50 tackles, while LB Michael Lanaris has 49 stops … DT Claude Davis leads the team with four sacks.
RUTGERS (5-3, 2-2 BIG EAST)
Greg Schiano (Bucknell ’88)
64-65, 11th season
Rutgers enters Saturday’s looking to snap a two-game slide after the Scarlet Knights fell to West Virginia last weekend … The Scarlet Knights need just one more win to clinch bowl eligibility … The Scarlet Knights are second in the BIG EAST in total defense (317.1 ypg), and are third in scoring defense (19.1 ppg) … Rutgers had just 17 sacks last season and has 26 through seven games this year, good for ninth nationally (3.1 per game) … The Scarlet Knights are second in the nation with 26 takeaways (15 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries) … LB Khaseem Greene leads the BIG EAST in tackles (75 total, 9.4 per game) … DE Justin Francis has a team-high 4.5 sacks, while LB Steve Beauharnais has 10 tackles for loss … Freshman QB Gary Nova has completed 91 of 178 passes for 1,125 yards and nine touchdowns with seven interceptions … WR Mohamed Sanu leads the BIG EAST in receptions (8.8 per game) and is second in receiving yards (91.4 ypg) … S Duron Harmon leads the BIG EAST with four interceptions … Rutgers leads the BIG EAST and is seventh nationally in average time of possession (34:19).