CINCINNATI BEARCATS at RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
High Point Solutions Stadium (52,454/FieldTurf)
Saturday, November 12 • Noon • ESPNU
ESPNU — Mike Morgan and Danny Kanell
Cincinnati Radio Rutgers Radio
WLW-AM 700 (flagship) WOR-AM 710 (flagship)
Cincinnati has won five straight in its series with Rutgers, which dates to 1980 … The Bearcats hold an 8-7-1 series lead and have won the last two meetings in Piscataway … Last year’s matchup was the highest-scoring game in BIG EAST history as the teams combined for 107 points in Cincinnati’s 69-38 win at Nippert Stadium … The Bearcats reeled off 661 yards of offense and held the Scarlet Knights to -9 rushing yards … Cincinnati QB Zach Collaros and Rutgers QB Chas Dodd both threw for four touchdowns last year.
CINCINNATI (7-2, 3-1 BIG EAST)
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
11-10, second season at Cincinnati
38-22, fifth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati saw a six-game winning streak snapped with a 24-21 loss to West Virginia at Paul Brown Stadium … The Bearcats hold a half-game lead on Rutgers (as well as West Virginia, Louisville and Pittsburgh) in the BIG EAST standings … Cincinnati leads the BIG EAST and is 15th nationally in scoring offense (37.1 ppg) … The Bearcats are second nationally in rushing defense (81.4 ypg) … QB Zach Collaros, who has thrown for 1,860 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, will miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a leg injury against West Virginia … QB Munchie Legaux will make his first career start against Rutgers … RB Isaiah Pead is third in the BIG EAST in rushing (103.8 ypg) … Pead has rushed for 934 yards and 10 touchdowns on 155 carries and is averaging a league-leading 6.0 yards per carry … WR Kembrell Thompkins (40 receptions, 494 yards, 2 TDs) and WR Anthony McClung (35 receptions, 464 yards, 3 TDs) comprise one of the top receiving tandems in the BIG EAST … LB JK Schaffer leads the team with 76 tackles and is third in the BIG EAST at 8.4 tackles per game … DE Derek Wolfe leads the conference with 14.5 tackles for loss.
RUTGERS (6-3, 3-2 BIG EAST)
Greg Schiano (Bucknell ’88)
65-65, 11th season
Rutgers has won two straight after a 27-12 win against Army at Yankee Stadium … The Scarlet Knights would be at least tied for first place in the BIG EAST standings with a win against Cincinnati … It is just the second time in school history that Rutgers plays its last home game with first place on the line (2006) … The Scarlet Knights lead the BIG EAST in total defense (322.3 ypg) and scoring defense (18.2 ppg) … Rutgers is 11th nationally in scoring defense … The Scarlet Knights are fourth nationally in both interceptions (16) and takeaways (28) … WR Mohamed Sanu ranks second nationally in receptions (9.4 per game) and has a BIG EAST-record 94 catches this season … Sanu has 973 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches … LB Khaseem Greene leads the BIG EAST in tackles (105 total, 10.5 per game) … DE Justin Francis has team highs of 6.5 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss … QB Chas Dodd returned to the starting lineup against Army after QB Gary Nova had started the last five games … S Duron Harmon has a team-high five interceptions.