2006 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team

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2006 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football
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Texas Bowl Champions
Texas Bowl vs. Kansas State, W 37–10
Conference Big East
Ranking
Coaches #12
AP #12
2006 record 11-2 (5-2 Big East)
Head coach Greg Schiano
Offensive coordinator John McNulty
Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano
Home stadium Rutgers Stadium
(Capacity: 41,500)
Seasons
« 2005 2007 »
2006 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Louisville   6 1         12 1  
#10 West Virginia   5 2         11 2  
#12 Rutgers   5 2         11 2  
South Florida   4 3         9 4  
Cincinnati   4 3         8 5  
Pittsburgh   2 5         6 6  
Connecticut   1 6         4 8  
Syracuse   1 6         4 8  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2006 Rutgers Scarlet Knights campaign was considered by many to be the breakout season for the Rutgers football team. Led by Draddy Trophy winning senior fullback Brian Leonard, sophomore quarterback Mike Teel, sophomore halfback Ray Rice, sophomore wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, junior defensive tackle Eric Foster, and junior kicker Jeremy Ito, Rutgers finished the season ranked 12th in the Associated Press and Coaches polls, won eleven of thirteen games, and recorded the first bowl game win in school history.

The team started off the season going undefeated through nine games, including a dramatic win over then-3rd ranked Louisville, which was highlighted by kicker Jeremy Ito's last minute field goal to seal the win. They were defeated by both West Virginia and Cincinnati, but nonetheless received an invitation to play Kansas State in the inaugural Texas Bowl. Rutgers defeated Kansas State 37-10 for the first bowl game win in school history. Halfback Ray Rice was named the game's MVP and ran for 170 yards and one touchdown in twenty-four carries.[1] Due to his tremendous 2006 season, in which he ran for 1,794 yards and scored twenty touchdowns, Rice won Big East Player of the Year honors. He also finished seventh in Heisman Trophy voting and was a finalist for the Maxwell Award.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 3:30 PM at North Carolina* Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ABC W 21–16   50,000
September 9 12:00 PM Illinois* Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPN2 W 33–0   41,036
September 16 3:30 PM Ohio*dagger Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ MSG W 24–7   41,102
September 23 2:00 PM Howard* #23/23 Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ MSG W 56–7   35,558
September 29 8:00 PM at South Florida #23/23 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL ESPN2 W 22–20   32,493
October 14 1:30 PM at Navy* #24/25 Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CSTV W 34–0   36,918
October 21 5:45 PM at Pitt #15/19 Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ESPN2 W 20–10   49,620
October 29 8:00 PM Connecticut #15/16 Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ ESPN W 24–13   43,620
November 9 7:45 PM #3/4 Louisville #15/16 Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ ESPN W 28–25   44,111
November 18 7:45 PM at Cincinnati #7/8 Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH ESPN2 L 11–30   27,804
November 25 12:00 PM Syracuse #15/16 Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ ESPNU W 38–7   43,791
December 2 7:45 PM at #15/15 West Virginia #13/13 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN L 39–41 3OT  60,299
December 28 8:00 PM vs. Kansas State* #16/17 Reliant StadiumHouston, TX (Texas Bowl) NFL Network W 37–10   52,210
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP and Coaches Polls released prior to game.. All times are in Eastern Time.

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