Sunday Notebook: Major Implications for Cincy

With a win over Army at Yankee Stadium yesterday, Rutgers is guaranteed a winning season after going 4-8 last season. Cincinnati is next for Rutgers in a home game with first-place implications. Coach Greg Schiano spoke with the media the day after the victory about the implications and more thoughts on the Army game.

Rutgers is six days away from its most significant November football game in a long time and sights are set on Cincinnati and a shot at first place in the Big East.

With the Bearcats losing and Rutgers winning yesterday, the Scarlet Knights (7-3, 3-2) can tie for the conference lead with a victory on Senior Day.

"I hope our fans are excited," said head coach Greg Schiano. "It's just a tremendous opportunity and a lot of good things [are] going on. It's Senior Day, so we're going to honor these seniors before kickoff. I hope our fans will get in there and get into the stadium early and be there for when the seniors take the field. These kids have given a lot to this program. I just think the home-field advantage is only an advantage if the place is packed and our fans are there. I'm confident they'll be ready for this game just like our team will be ready. We need every help we can get."

Rutgers has not beaten Cincinnati in six years. which makes the game even more interesting, Schiano said.

"It's only sweeter if you win," Schiano said. "... They have been a nemesis, probably second only to West Virginia, so we need to find a way to break the code and be able to come up with a victory."

Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros went down yesterday with a leg injury and Rutgers likely draws backup Munchie Legaux for the game.

With a spotty history against backup quarterbacks in recent years, Legaux presents a challenge.

"We'll do as much investigation and homework as we can," Schiano said. "Usually a team does what it does. All the 10 other players have cumulative repetitions at what they've done. If Collaros can't play, I don't see them making wholesale changes. It's just a matter of what that quarterback is better at doing. ... At the end of the day, they're going to run their offense."

It was not Collaros, however, that embarassed the Rutgers defense last year at Nippert Stadium.

Running back Isiah Pead torched the Knights for 213 yards and four touchdowns in a 69-point onslaught.

"I wouldn't use last year as a comparison," Schiano said. "That was probably the worst football game we've played in the past five years defensively. It was just a mess. We just made mistakes and it was a really bad performance."

Te Needs to Return to Basics

Kicker San San Te, about to perform in his final home game, needs to get back to the very basics in kicking, Schiano said. Te missed an extra point and medium-range field goal yesterday against Army.

"I wouldn't say it was the footing," Schiano said. "He needs to get back to the lab and work on his technique. He has a little bit of a problem, a bad little habit, that we have to get fixed and we will get fixed. He'll have a great day Saturday."

Osei Starts at LT

Schiano said he felt starting David Osei at left tackle may have been rushed.

"We may have rushed the issue there a little bit," Schiano said. "I don't know. Obviously the reason we did it is we weren't happy with [Andre Civil's] performance. ... We need to get a better performance out of the left tackle position, so that's the reason for the moving people around."

Injury Notes

There were no major injuries coming out of Army, Schiano said. Wide receiver Mark Harrison barely saw the field, but that was because of missed practice reps this week and not lingering head-injury concerns.

Schiano expects Harrison to be good to go for Cincinnati, where he went for 240 yards and four touchdowns last year.

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