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On the Gridiron
  • The Rutgers football team started off the Big East season the right way with a gritty road victory over Syracuse. At the Carrier Dome, Rutgers came back from a 10-point deficit to win 19-16 in double overtime.

  • Head coach Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti benched Chas Dodd in favor of Gary Nova at quarterback. Dodd, who was admittedly off his game, cheered from the sidelines as Nova became the third true freshman in as many years to win a conference game for the Scarlet Knights.

  • As of Sunday night, Schiano does not have a starting quarterback for Pittsburgh. When asked directly if Dodd is still the starter, Schiano answered that he is not ready to make that decision and has a lot more to discuss with his staff.

  • Strongside linebacker Jamal Merrell led one of the best combined defensive and special teams efforts in Schiano's tenure. Merrell forced the fumble that ended the game in double overtime and blocked two kicks by Ross Krautman.

  • Defensive end Myles Jackson became the third lineman to play as a true freshman this season. Jackson played in three defensive series for the Scarlet Knights, occasionally standing up as a linebacker.

  • Rutgers (3-1, 1-0) is in first place in the Big East after the first week of play. Facing Pittsburgh Saturday on ESPNU, the winner will hold sole possession of first place.

  • Timber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.) four-star linebacker Quanzell Lambert has five official visits scheduled and Rutgers is not one of them. The Scarlet Knights, however, are still in the race for Lambert, who attended the season-opener and plans to return to campus at least one more time before deciding.

  • Rutgers recently increased its interest in defensive tackle Christian Brown. Brown moved to New Jersey from Florida this year and plays for Bridgeton Senior High School. If Brown visits camps, he has a good chance to pick up an offer.

  • Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) five-star defensive tackle Darius Hamilton told that he will announce his college choice Dec. 23 on Mike Quick's cable sports show on MSGVarsity.

  • Don Bosco four-star defensive backs Yuri Wright and Elijah Shumate both began looking at official visit dates, but neither have any set. Shumate hopes to take a visit during Bosco's bye week next weekend, but does not have one picked out. Wright hopes to visit Michigan for the Ohio State game, but is not sure if the timing can work out.

  • St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) 2013 wide receiver Charlie Callinan stands at one verbal scholarship offer — from Rutgers. He told, however, that he is in contact with dozens of schools since Sept. 1 and expects his recruitment to heat up once schools see his junior tape. Without Savon Huggins, St. Peters Prep involves its receivers much more in the offense.

  • Rutgers quarterback commit Blake Rankin traveled to Syracuse to watch Saturday's win. Rankin attended two of Rutgers' first four games.

On the Hardwood
  • Rutgers basketball hosted the first coaches clinic to benefit "In Brayden's Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation" Friday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. More than 500 coaches showed up to hear from coaches such as Jeff Van Gundy, Larry Brown, John Calipari, Bill Self, Bob Hurley, Sr. and Mike Rice.

  • Rutgers hosts "Midnight Madness" Oct. 14.

  • The Rutgers basketball team's schedule is set for the 2011-12 season. The Scarlet Knights face a murderous stretch to finish the regular season with consecutive matchups against Notre Dame, Syracuse, Marquette, Seton Hall, Villanova and St. John's. The season starts Nov. 11 against Dartmouth at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

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