Road-Tested Rutgers Is First To 3-0
Rutgers became the first team in college football to improve to 3-0 this season after the Scarlet Knights scored a 23-13 win against USF Thursday night in Tampa, Fla. Rutgers rode a 41-carry, 151-yard effort from running back Jawan Jamison, who reached the 100-yard mark for the fourth consecutive game. Head coach Kyle Flood, meanwhile, became the first Rutgers coach since John Bateman in 1960 to win his first three games. One of just two teams nationally to play three road games in the month of September, Rutgers heads to Fayetteville, Ark., next Saturday to face No. 22 Arkansas.
Familiar Faces Abound In Saturday’s BIG EAST-ACC Matchups
Three BIG EAST teams will face opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference Saturday as Pittsburgh hosts Virginia Tech at noon ET, Connecticut visits Maryland at 12:30 and Louisville entertains North Carolina at 3:30. The Connecticut/Maryland game will feature familiar faces on both sidelines – Maryland coach Randy Edsall was Connecticut’s coach from 1999-2010, while Huskies defensive coordinator Don Brown spent the 2009-10 seasons in a similar role with the Terrapins. From the Louisville/North Carolina game, Cardinals coach Charlie Strong and Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora both served on the staff at Florida in 2003 and 2004.
Find Your Seats Early In Cincinnati
The BIG EAST has three unbeaten teams through Thursday night’s game, including Cincinnati, which won its season-opener against Pittsburgh last week. The Bearcats will have to wait until the 2013 season to see if they can keep one impressive streak intact. Cincinnati has scored a touchdown on its first offensive play of the season in back-to-back years, as George Winn took his first carry 58 yards for a score against Pittsburgh. Isaiah Pead went 40 yards for a TD to start the 2010 season.
It’s Easy As ABC For BIG EAST Teams
Saturday’s Louisville-North Carolina game will be the second game in a three-week stretch in which the BIG EAST has a game on ABC’s Saturday afternoon platform. The network carried last week’s matchup between Syracuse and USC and will showcase next week’s game between Temple and Penn State. More than 4.7 million viewers watched the Syracuse-USC game last weekend.