RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
High Point Solutions Stadium (52,454/FieldTurf)
Saturday, October 13 • Noon • BIG EAST Network
Television - WATCH LIVE
BIG EAST Network Game of the Week
Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante and Paul Carcaterra
WTKW-FM 99.5 (flagship)
WOR-AM 710 (flagship)
Rutgers and Syracuse first met in the 1914 season, when the schools played to a 14-14 tie, and have met 42 times prior to Saturday’s matchup … Syracuse holds a 30-11-1 series lead after the Scarlet Knights’ 19-16 win last year in double-overtime … The last two games have been decided by a combined six points.
SYRACUSE (2-3, 1-0 BIG EAST)
Doug Marrone (Syracuse ’91)
19-23, fourth season
Syracuse picked up its first BIG EAST win of the season with a 14-13 decision against Pittsburgh at the Carrier Dome … After allowing 82 points in their first two games, the Orange have held each of their last three opponents to 17 points or fewer … Syracuse leads the BIG EAST in passing offense (310.4 yards per game) and is ranked 17th nationally in that category … QB Ryan Nassib is the BIG EAST individual leader in passing (310.4 ypg) … Nassib has thrown for 1,552 yards and 10 touchdowns on 137-of-208 passing … The Orange have three potent receivers …WR Marcus Sales has a BIG EAST-leading 33 catches for 445 yards and five touchdowns, WR Jarrod West has 21 receptions for 317 yards and a TD, while WR Alec Lemon has 21 receptions for 212 yards … RB Jerome Smith (57.6 ypg) and RB Prince-Tyson Gulley (42.6 ypg) have split time in the backfield … S Shamarko Thomas has a team-leading 33 tackles, while LB Siriki Diabate has mae 31 stops … DE Brandon Sharpe has 5.5 sacks and 8.0 tackles for loss after he registered four sacks and six TFL against Pittsburgh … Syracuse’s first five opponents are a combined 16-5, giving the Orange the nation’s sixth-toughest schedule, based on opponent winning percentage.
20/19 RUTGERS (5-0, 2-0 BIG EAST)
Kyle Flood (Iona ’93)
5-0, first season
Rutgers is 5-0 for the first time since 2006 after a 19-3 win against Connecticut … The Scarlet Knights have won six straight, dating to last year’s victory against Iowa State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and have the nation’s eighth-longest active winning streak … Rutgers is looking for its second 3-0 start in BIG EAST play in school history (2006) … Kyle Flood is the first Scarlet Knight coach since John Bateman (in 1960) to win his first five games as a head coach … The Scarlet Knights rank second nationally in rushing defense (60.6 ypg), less than a year after they finished seventh in the BIG EAST in that category … Rutgers is fifth nationally in scoring defense (10.6 ppg) … RB Jawan Jamison has been the key man on offense … Jamison has rushed for at least 100 yards in six straight games, dating to last year, and leads the BIG EAST in rushing at 120.2 yards per game … Jamison is the first Rutgers player since Ray Rice (in 2007) to turn in five straight 100-yard games … QB Gary Nova has completed 60.9 percent of his passes and has 10 touchdown passes against four interceptions … WR Brandon Coleman has a team-high five touchdown catches … LB Khaseem Greene — the 2011 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, leads the team with 49 tackles to go with two sacks, four tackles for loss and an interception.