Rutgers won impressively yet again, this time dropping Syracuse 23-15 behind huge performances on defense and special teams. The linebackers stole the show with Jamal Merrell's blocked punt leading to a 75-yard touchdown return for Duron Harmon.
Linebacker Khaseem Greene made a dynamic individual statement. Greene recorded 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an incerception to go along with a career high three forced fumbles. Greene's accolades span from an ESPN helmet sticker to Walter Camp Player of the Week.
Running back Jawan Jamison had his 100-yard game streak snapped at six straight. The Syracuse defense held Jamison to 64 yards.
The victory over Syracuse vaults Rutgers to No. 17 in the coach's poll and 19 in the Associated Press poll. Rutgers checks in at No. 15 in the first BCS poll of the year.
Walk-on Nick Borgese filled in for kicker Kyle Federico against Syracuse. Borgese kicked a field goal and made two of three extra points in his first career college game. With Federico still "day-to-day," Borgese may be called upon again against Temple.
Four-star Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive end Alquadin Muhammad raved about his recent visit to Rutgers and referred to the Scarlet Knights as "a serious contender." Muhammad dismissed reports of a commitment to Notre Dame and remains intent on a decision during the U.S. Army All-American Game.
Wildwood (N.J.) running back Wes Hills visited Rutgers for the Connecticut game, but did not earn a verbal scholarship offer.
The Scarlet Knights hosted a series of key recruits in the win over Syracuse, highlighted by names like top 2014 offensive lineman Damian Prince of Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.).
Top linebacker prospect Skai Moore of University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) picked up a scholarship offer this week from Ohio State. Though his visits are not set, Moore is expected to visit Ohio State and Vanderbilt soon and Rutgers in early December.
Rutgers debuted its 2012-13 squad Friday night at the College Ave. Gymnasium during Midknight Madness. The Scarlet Knights can now begin preseason full practices and have their first game looming Nov. 9 against St. Peter's.
The Scarlet Knights hosted a series of recruits at the event, highlighted by four-star Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) forward Tyler Roberson.