The Rutgers Report

The Scarlet Knights' already significant injury issues grew considerably worse Saturday night when defensive backs Dondre Asberry, Manny Collins and Eddie Grimes were involved in a multi-vehicle accident following a 16-6 victory over Temple.

Asberry was listed in stable condition, but was still recovering in a local hospital on Monday. Collins and Grimes were released with head and neck ailments Saturday night. Asberry won't play at Pittsburgh this weekend and both Collins and Grimes are doubtful.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano will have eight semi-experienced defensive backs at his disposal, but only starters Joe Porter and Derrick Roberson have seen significant time at cornerback.

"We're blessed that they are all alive, but it will affect us in the secondary," Schiano said. "We have our work cut out for us. I expect Pittsburgh to take advantage of that."

Rutgers will also need to replace its replacement at right tackle. Sophomore Cameron Stephenson, who filled in for injured starter Sameeh McDonald (knee) against Temple, is doubtful with a high ankle sprain.

Wide receiver Shawn Tucker (groin), linebacker Berkeley Hutchinson (shoulder) and offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah (knee) are also questionable for Pittsburgh.

Rutgers finally snapped a stretch of alternating wins and losses by securing its second straight victory against Temple.


Offense: QB Ryan Hart struggled against Temple (18-for-30, 193 yards, three INTs), but managed back-to-back 300-yard performances in Rutgers' previous two games. The Scarlet Knights' rushing offense is ranked last in the league at 96.8 yards per game.

Defense: The Scarlet Knights surrendered 360 yards, but held Temple to just two field goals. Rutgers also forced four turnovers. The Scarlet Knights own the league's fifth-ranked total defense (401.5 ypg.).

Quote The Coach: "When linebackers and defensive backs trying to tackle you are smaller than you, it's an advantageous position. We have to make sure he's accounted for in everything they do. It seems that's what we face every week -- a big, mobile quarterback. That seems to be the trend in college football." -- Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, on defending Pittsburgh's 6-2, 220-pound quarterback Tyler Palko on Saturday.

Inside The Game

Rutgers at Pittsburgh, Oct. 23 -- The game's result could have definite bowl implications for both teams, which enter the game at 4-2. The Scarlet Knights dropped a 42-32 decision to the Panthers last season.

WR Tres Moses -- The senior reeled in nine receptions for 98 yards in Rutgers' 16-6 victory over Temple on Saturday. Moses managed 147 and 109 receiving yards in the Scarlet Knights' two previous games against Syracuse and Vanderbilt. He has caught at least one pass in 17 consecutive games.

FS Ron Girault -- In his first career start, the true freshman recorded a team-high 13 tackles and intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter. The interception eventually resulted in three points and a 9-6 Rutgers lead. He was named Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Injury Report: RT Sameeh McDonald (knee), WR Shawn Tucker (groin), LB Berkeley Hutchinson (shoulder), OT Cameron Stephenson (ankle), OL Jeremy Zuttah (knee), DB Manny Collins (head, neck) and CB Eddie Grimes (head, neck) are doubtful for the Pittsburgh game. DB Dondre Asberry (spine) won't be available.

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