Hot Rutgers team awaits Army

Looking at the schedule earlier this season, some Army fans might have thought the Black Knights could beat Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights started the season a miserable 1-5. Army travels to Rutgers on Saturday for a non-conference. In a clash of Knights, the Black Knights can certainly play with the Scarlet Knights.

But Army is facing a Rutgers team that is now one of the hottest teams in the nation.

"They are on a roll. I didn't watch a lot of film from early in the year when they were kind of struggling so I don't know what's different," Army linebacker John Plumstead said. "The last couple of games, their playmakers are making plays and the quarterback is playing very well."

Rutgers has won four games in a row to even its record at 5-5. The Scarlet Knights blew out South Florida on the road 49-16 last week. Rutgers' defense forced a season-high six turnovers and turned them into 21 points.

Meanwhile, hot quarterback Mike Teel kept chucking the ball, throwing for 294 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Kenny Britt caught eight passes for 173 yards and a 93-yard touchdown. Rutgers' four-game winning streak in Big East play has tied the school record for the longest win streak in conference play. The 2006 Scarlet Knights also won four straight games.

"The goal is to always win and a win against Rutgers would be huge," Army safety Lowell Garthwaite said. "Rutgers is a really strong opponent and a victory against them would definitely build some momentum going into the Navy game and that's huge."

Rutgers is on a roll against its neighbors from New York. The Scarlet Knights have won seven straight games against teams from New York.

During that span, the Scarlet Knights have dominated, outscoring opponents 238-59. Rutgers has scored at least 31 points in six of those seven games.

Rutgers has won the last four meetings against the Black Knights, including a 41-6 win at Michie Stadium in 2007. Army's last victory against Rutgers was a 37-35 win at West Point in 1997.

The Collin Mooney record-breaking watch continues.Collin Mooney has 1,173 yards this season and needs only five yards to pass Mike Mayweather's third-place total set in 1989. He is only 97 yards shy of moving past Carlton Jones for second place (1,269, 2004).With two games left, Mooney is nearing Black Knights' single-season rushing total. He is 166 yards short of passing Mayweather's record-breaking total of 1,338 yards set in 1990.

President George W. Bush will attend one more Army-Navy game before he gives leaves office. The 109th meeting between the two teams takes place Dec. 6 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

While in Philadelphia, Bush will view the commissioning of his portrait at the Union League's Presidential Portrait Collection. The league's tradition for collecting presidential portraits started in 1862, according to White House press secretary Dana Perino.


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