RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTs
Raymond James Stadium (65,857/Natural Grass)
Thursday, September 13 • 7:30 p.m. • ESPN
ESPN — Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack and Samantha Steele
WOR-AM 710 (flagship)
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship)
Sirius 91; XM 91
Thursday’s game will be the eighth meeting between Rutgers and USF in a series that dates to the 2005 season, when USF joined the BIG EAST … Rutgers is 5-2 against the Bulls, though USF took the last meeting that was played in Tampa in 2010 … The last two meetings have been decided by a combined four points — USF was a 28-27 winner in 2010 and Rutgers scored a 20-17 overtime win last year in Piscataway, N.J., after the Scarlet Knights erased a 17-3 fourth-quarter deficit … One of the more memorable games in the series was in 2007, when unranked Rutgers stunned the No. 2-ranked Bulls 30-27 in Piscataway.
-/rv RUTGERS (2-0)
Kyle Flood (Iona ’93)
2-0, first season
Rutgers improved to 2-0 for the second time in three years with a 26-0 win against Howard … The whitewash made the Scarlet Knights the only team in the nation to register at least one shutout in seven consecutive seasons … Rutgers limited the Bison to just 149 yards of offense … RB Jawan Jamison has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his last three games, dating to last season … Jamison is the first Rutgers player since Ray Rice in 2007 to turn in three straight 100-yard games … Jamison is second in the BIG EAST in rushing at 111.0 yards per game … QB Gary Nova has averaged 144.0 passing yards per game … WR Brandon Coleman has all three of Rutgers’ touchdown receptions and is averaging 44.5 yards per catch … LB Khaseem Greene has a team- and BIG EAST-leading 24 tackles, while LB Jamal Merrell is second in the conference with 21 stops … The game at USF is the first of back-to-back road dates for Rutgers, which visits Arkansas next week … Rutgers and Miami (Fla.) are the only FBS schools with three September road dates .
rv/rv USF (2-0)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
15-12, third season at USF
87-62, 13th season as collegiate head coach
USF enters Thursday’s game looking to carry over the momentum from a wild 32-31 win at Nevada … The Bulls trailed by 11 points with less than three minutes remaining, but rallied with two touchdown passes of more than 50 yards in the final minutes … USF held the lead against Nevada for exactly 38 seconds … The win was the latest in a stretch of quality nonconference road victories for USF — the Bulls won at Notre Dame (then No. 16) in 2011, at Miami (Fla.) in 2010, at Florida State (then No. 18) in 2009, at Kansas (then No. 13) in 2008 and at Auburn (then No. 17) in 2007 … QB B.J. Daniels is second in the BIG EAST in total offense, averaging 322.0 yards per game … WR Andre Davis is second in the BIG EAST in both receptions (6.5 per game) and receiving yards (102.0 yards per game) … Coach Skip Holtz announced that WR Sterling Griffin will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury … LB DeDe Lattimore has team highs with 19 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss … LB Sam Barrington has registered two forced fumbles, both in the win at Nevada.