RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS at ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS
Yankee Stadium (50,285/Natural Grass)
Saturday, November 5 • 3:30 p.m. • CBS Sports Network
CBS Sports Network — Gary Thorne and Randy Cross
WOR-AM 710 (flagship)
The Rutgers-Army series dates to 1891 and numbers 37 previous meetings … Rutgers is 19-18 against Army, has won seven straight in the series and has taken 11 of 13 since 1991 … Scarlet Knight coach Greg Schiano is 6-0 all-time against Army … Last year’s game saw Rutgers take a 23-20 overtime win — a result that was overshadowed by the spinal cord injury suffered by Rutgers DT Eric LeGrand … LeGrand is scheduled to join the television announcers in the broadcast booth Saturday … Rutgers has played nine games at Yankee Stadium, going 1-7-1 against New York University between 1926 and 1948.
RUTGERS (5-3, 2-2 BIG EAST)
Greg Schiano (Bucknell ’88)
64-65, 11th season
Rutgers snapped a two-game slide with a 20-17 overtime win against USF … The Scarlet Knights trailed by 14 points midway through the fourth quarter, but rallied to become bowl-eligible for the sixth time in seven years … By comparison, Rutgers had been to one bowl game in the 135 previous seasons … The Scarlet Knights are second in the BIG EAST in total defense (328.1 ypg) and scoring defense (18.3 ppg) … Rutgers had just 17 sacks last season and has 29 through seven games this year, good for ninth nationally (3.1 per game) … The Scarlet Knights are second in the nation with 28 takeaways (16 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries) … LB Khaseem Greene leads the BIG EAST in tackles (92 total, 10.2 per game) … DE Justin Francis has team highs of 6.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss … QB Chas Dodd is expected to return to the starting lineup against Army after QB Gary Nova had started the last five games … WR Mohamed Sanu needs 11 receptions to tie Larry Fitzgerald’s BIG EAST single-season record of 92 … S Duron Harmon has a team-high five interceptions … Rutgers is seventh nationally in average time of possession (33:44).
Rich Ellerson (Hawaii ’77)
15-19, third season at Army
75-60, 12th season as collegiate head coach
Army takes a 3-6 record into Saturday’s game following a 24-14 loss at Air Force … The Black Knights held an early 14-0 lead and appeared headed for a three-touchdown advantage, but a fumble on the 1-yard line proved costly as Air Force scored the last 24 points … Army is 3-1 in home games this year, though Saturday’s game will be the Black Knights’ first at Yankee Stadium this season … Army enters Saturday’s game as the national leader in rushing offense … The Black Knights have averaged 365.8 rushing yards per game and have scored 30 rushing touchdowns … By comparison, Army is averaging 49.6 passing yards per game with four touchdown passes … QB Trent Steelman had started 32 consecutive games, but has missed the last two with an ankle injury … Steelman has rushed for 11 touchdowns and thrown a pair of TD passes … RB Raymond Maples leads the team with 891 rushing yards on 121 carries.