Young's injury, Brown's guest, .500 and more

Get the latest onkey issues coming out of Rutgers' 31-0 win against No. 23 South Florida at Rutgers Stadium on Thursday. How is running back Kordell Young's knee injury? Who did receiver Tim Brown bring onto the field for as a postgame guest? And what does Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano have to say about finally getting back to the .500 mark? Found out those things, and more, right here.

There was one sobering moment for Rutgers in the euphoria of crushing No. 23 South Florida 31-0 on Thursday at Rutgers Stadium, and it was another possible knee injury for hard-luck junior tailback Kordell Young.

Young, Rutgers' third down specialist and blitz-picking-up extraordinaire, went down in the first half and did not return.

"I want to get downstairs and spend a little time with him,'' Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said during his postgame press conference. "It's sad, after everything he's been through. I don't know how serious it is, but I could see when we were coming up from halftime, we were walking together, and I could see the fear in his eyes (saying), ‘Not again.'

"I hope it's ‘Not again.' I hope it's something like last week (when) Zaire (Kitchen) thought that and he was ok. I'm hoping and praying that's the case.''

Young has battled knee injuries throughout his career. He missed the first two games this season while recovering from offseason surgery, and has played in a limited role as the coaching staff looks to maximize his effectiveness by using him only in special packages.

With Young out, starting running back Joe Martinek remained on the field even in obvious passing situations. Young will be re-evaluated in the coming days.

Touchdown Timmy pleasing the family
Rutgers senior receiver Tim Brown had an on-field and locker room visitor in his godson, and also thrilled an abundance of family and friends with his third quarter 26-yard touchdown reception. It was the 17th touchdown catch of his career, tying the school record held jointly by Kenny Britt and Chris Brantley.

Brown, who finished with three catches for 49 yards, said he had nine relatives from Florida and 12 relatives from the New Jersey-New York area in attendance.

"I knew something good would happen,'' Brown said. "I wasn't going to let them leave empty-handed.''

Finally .500 again
Schiano, in his ninth year, is.500 as a coach for the first time since the second game of his tenure, which was a 61-0 loss at top-ranked Miami. In his third game, Rutgers lost 50-0 at No. 9 Virginia Tech.

"This wasn't your normal takeover job,'' Schiano said. "People will tell me how bad other jobs were, and I've had some coaches when we play say, ‘Yeah, it's just like when you took over at Rutgers.' I don't think people quite understand what Rutgers was.

"So, the first three years I don't count. I got from (year) four on in my own mind. We're getting better.''

In Schiano's first three seasons, Rutgers was 8-27, including 2-19 in the Big East.

In his last four seasons, Rutgers is 34-14, including 15-10 in the Big East.

Savage competitor
Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage threw his second career interception, a second-quarter deep ball intended for Brown, but there were few other mistakes.

Schiano also liked the toughness and poise his true freshman signal caller exhibited.

"He got hit a few times,'' Schiano said. "He's a tough kid, now. The one on the sideline, I was worried, but he got up. I think the demeanor is something that is critical. He keeps everybody calm around him, the way he handles the situations.''

Of course, Savage acknowledged he may not have been as cool as he seemed.

"I admit I was a little nervous to play tonight, with it being a nationally-televised game,'' Savage said. "But I also was looking forward to it so much. I couldn't wait to get out there."

Odds and ends
Cornerback Brandon Jones and linebacker Steve Beauharnais each made their first career starts. …Jones' first-quarter interception was the first of his career. … Martinek (128 yards) topped the 100 rushing yards mark in a Big East game for the first time. He tied a career-high with 25 carries.

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