2008 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team

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2008 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football
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PapaJohns.com Bowl Champions
Conference Big East
2008 record 8–5 (5–2 Big East)
Head coach Greg Schiano
Offensive coordinator John McNulty
Home stadium Rutgers Stadium
(Capacity: 41,500)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#17 Cincinnati   6 1         11 3  
Pittsburgh   5 2         9 4  
#23 West Virginia   5 2         9 4  
Rutgers   5 2         8 5  
Connecticut   3 4         8 5  
South Florida   2 5         8 5  
Louisville   1 6         5 7  
Syracuse   1 6         3 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll

After losing star halfback Ray Rice to the NFL Draft, Rutgers faced a rebuilding season. Senior Mike Teel was forced to step up his game at quarterback without being able to rely on Rice so frequently. Rutgers started off very slowly, dropping 5 of the first 6 games, including two to Big East rivals West Virginia and Cincinnati. With dreams of a Big East championship now completely eroded, Rutgers now had to recover to try to at least secure a fourth consecutive bowl berth. Starting with a 12-10 win against Connecticut on homecoming weekend, Rutgers never lost another game. The next week, they posted an impressive 54-34 win over #17 Pittsburgh. They won their next four games, finishing the season 7-5 with a solid 5-2 conference record. Rutgers earned a bowl berth in the PapaJohns.com Bowl, and they won a close game against NC State for their third consecutive bowl win.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 4:00 PM #NR/25 Fresno State* Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPN L 7–24   42,508
September 11 7:45 PM North Carolina* Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ ESPN L 12–44   42,502
September 20 3:30 PM at Navy* Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CBSCS L 21–23   37,821
September 27 3:30 PM Morgan State* Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ SNY W 38–0   42,411
October 4 12:00 PM at West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV SNY L 17–24   59,122
October 11 12:00 PM at Cincinnati Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH SNY L 10–13   32,370
October 18 12:00 PM Connecticutdagger Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ ESPNU W 12–10   42,491
October 25 3:30 PM at #17/20 Pittsburgh Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ESPN360 W 54–34   51,161
November 8 12:00 PM Syracuse Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ ESPNU W 35–17   42,172
November 15 12:00 PM at South Florida Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL SNY W 49–16   47,216
November 22 12:00 PM Army* Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ SNY W 30–3   42,212
December 4 7:45 PM Louisville Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ ESPN W 63–14   42,347
December 29 3:00 PM vs. North Carolina State Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (PapaJohns.com Bowl) ESPN W 29–23   38,582
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP and Coaches Polls released prior to game.. All times are in Eastern Time.

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