2011 Pinstripe - Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13

Posted Dec 30, 2011

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2011 New Era Pinstripe

Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13

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National Rankings
55th Total Offense 100th
99th Total Defense 14th
86th Scoring Offense 65th
83rd Scoring Defense 12th
35th Rushing Offense 115th
100th Run Defense 56th
74th Passing Offense 46th
73rd Passing Defense 11th
100th Turnover Margin 38th
Position Rankings
relative to each other
5 Highest - 1 Lowest
I   R
3 Quarterbacks 3
3 RBs 2.5
2 Receivers 3
3.5 O Line 2
1.5 D Line 3
4 Linebackers 2
3 Secondary 4.5
3 Spec Teams 3
3.5 Coaching 4
Rutgers 27 … Iowa State 13
- CFN Thoughts on the Game

Rutgers: Rutgers held on to the ball for 34:35 … Chas Dodd completed 10-of-17 passes for 176 yards and a score, while Gary Nova completed 3-of-7 passes for 20 yards. … Jawan Jamison ran 27 times for 131 yards and two scores. … Mohamed Sanu caught six passes for 62 yards. … P Justin Doerner averaged 49.7 yards per kick putting two inside the 20. … Before suffering a leg injury, Khaseem Greene made 13 tackles with half a sack and three tackles for loss with a forced fumble and a broken up pass. … Logan Ryan made seven tackles with a pick, two broken up passes, 2.5 tackles for loss, and half a sack. … A.J. Klein made 16 tackles with a broken up pass.

Iowa State: The Cyclones didn't come up with a sack. … Steele Jantz completed 15-of-31 passes for 197 yards and two picks, and Jared Barnett completed 2-of-7 passes for 23 yards. … James White ran nine times for 42 yards. … Aaron Horne caught five passes for 46 yards.

(AP) NEW YORK -- Rutgers coach Greg Schiano was handed the big glass trophy his Scarlet Knights earned by beating Iowa State in the Pinstripe Bowl and had just one thing to say.

"Eric! Eric!" Schiano shouted into the microphone as he stood at midfield at Yankee Stadium and pointed toward the press box. "This one's for you."

Eric LeGrand, bound to a wheelchair more than a year after being paralyzed making a tackle during a game, is still very much a part of Rutgers football.

The former defensive end was shown on the huge video scoreboard while Schiano spoke, busting out a wide grin. He then went to the locker room and celebrated a 27-13 victory with his former teammates.

"That's our brother before and after the injury, and that's how we're going to treat him forever," Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene said. "Just having his presence around, it's amazing. He makes the locker room glow."

On the field, it was a couple of redshirt freshmen who lit it up for the Scarlet Knights. Brandon Coleman hauled in an 86-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter after Iowa State had trimmed the lead to 20-13, and Jawan Jamison ran for 131 yards and two scores on 27 carries.

"That's what we love to do. That's who we want to be," Schiano said of a running game that struggled much of the season, but seems to be in good hands going forward.

The Scarlet Knights (9-4) ran their bowl winning streak to five and improved to 2-0 this season at Yankee Stadium, where they beat Army last month. Rutgers, which played in one bowl game before 2005, is 5-1 in the postseason under Schiano.

The Cyclones (6-7) finished the season on a three-game losing streak, their last win coming on Nov. 18 in Ames, Iowa, when they pulled off the biggest upset of the season against Oklahoma State.

That night Jared Barnett threw for 376 yards. In this game, Steele Jantz, who started the first six games, relieved Barnett in the second quarter and helped pull the Cyclones within 20-13 in the fourth on Jeff Woody's 20-yard touchdown run with 10:00 left.

"We were not executing in a manner that I felt was going to lead us to a win, and from what we've seen in December's practices, made the switch," Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said about the quarterbacks.

After an exchange of punts left Rutgers deep in its own end, Chas Dodd went deep to Coleman. The 6-foot-6 Coleman went over 5-7 cornerback Jeremy Reeves, then outran the corner to the end zone to make it 27-13 with 5:47 left.

It was Coleman's only catch, but it turned out to be the play of the game.

"I didn't go out there trying to make a play. I just went out there trying to do my job," Coleman said. "The number was called but I was still calm, cool and collected."

Rutgers grabbed a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter when Jamison powered through a tackler and scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1. On the next possession, Iowa State couldn't handle one of Rutgers' many blitzes, and Greene and Wayne Warren swarmed and stripped Barnett. Scott Vallone scooped up the fumble and returned it 12 yards to the Iowa State 4. The Cyclones managed to hold Rutgers to San San Te's 21-yard field goal.

Jantz replaced Barnett on the next Iowa State series.

The Cyclones' defense didn't hold up as well on Rutgers' next possession. The Scarlet Knights marched 66 yards, 49 on the ground, and Jamison juked his way into the end zone from 12 yards out to make 17-6.

Justin Francis finished Rutgers' strong second half by blocking Zach Guyer's 44-yard field goal attempt with 57 seconds left.

Iowa State jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, with Guyer kicking field goals of 40 and 46 yards on the Cyclones' first two possessions. Inaccurate throws by Barnett were key to stalling each drive.

The redshirt freshman was 2 for 7 before giving way to Jantz, who was 15 for 31 for 197 yards and ran for 36 yards.

"Most of it falls on the offense not executing and not what they did," Jantz said. "Not to take away anything from them because they have a great defense, but then again it ultimately comes back to me because I run the offense."

The Scarlet Knights missed the postseason last year for the first time since 2004, but rebounded this season to challenge for the Big East title behind a defense that came in ranked 14th in the nation.

Greene led the charge Friday with 13 tackles, three for losses, before being carted off in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. The junior was on crutches after the game and said he thinks he'll be OK in the long run.

LeGrand insists he'll be OK in the long run, too, and that he will walk again. His positive vibes have been an inspiration to the Scarlet Knights.

When they received a bowl bid to a site about 45 miles away from their campus in Piscataway, N.J., it made it even easier for LeGrand to be part of the team again. He stayed with his mother in the team hotel and attended all the bowl activities around the Big Apple.

"To have him in the locker room right now with all his buddies, that's special," Schiano said. "That's his senior class."

After Schiano made his short postgame speech, the fans in Yankee Stadium chanted "Eric! Eric!"

Iowa State (6-6) vs. Rutgers (8-4) Dec. 30, 3:20, ESPN

Here's The Deal … It's Year 2 for the Pinstripe Bowl. Game officials can only hope that their second pairing is half as entertaining as the inaugural one.

Kansas State and Syracuse put on a show at Yankee Stadium last December, staging an exciting 36-34 seesaw battle despite playing on a slick surface. This year's combatants, Iowa State and Rutgers, are hoping to elevate the brand a little higher, enjoy the magic of New York City during the holidays and finish up-and-down campaigns with a statement performance.

Rutgers is absolutely thrilled to be here. Not only does the program return to the postseason after skipping a year ago, but it'll essentially get to play a home game in front of a well-sized contingent of red-clad fans. Scarlet Knights backers will be eager to make the short trip into the Bronx to check out Monument Park beyond centerfield, and to celebrate a most improbable season for their team. Picked by many in the preseason to finish in the Big East cellar, Rutgers has bludgeoned expectations by winning eight games, and darn near copping the league's title.

The past season was a bounce back year for the Scarlet Knights, which went 4-8 in 2010. They succeeded more with function than form, twice winning in overtime, while overcoming an offense that had neither a steady running game nor consistency at the quarterback position. Rutgers has thrived behind the play of a stingy, Big East-best defense that's experienced very few lapses throughout the season. In many ways, this has been a vintage Greg Schiano team, thriving with more grit and determination than pitch-perfect execution. It's not always easy on the eyes, but it's worked.

If nothing else, Iowa State will arrive on the East Coast battle-tested. The Cyclones have faced nine opponents that have qualified for either a bowl game or the FCS playoffs. Their even mark is highly deceptive since all six losses came against teams that were ranked at one time or another during the year. And there were notable victims along the way as well, such as rival Iowa in triple-overtime, a Connecticut team that beat Rutgers by 18 points at the end of November and No. 2 Oklahoma State. The double-overtime shocker against the Cowboys was a seminal moment for Iowa State, paving the way for Alabama to get another crack at LSU in the BCS National Championship Game.

It's been a memorable fall in Ames, one that began with modest expectations. However, it could still end below .500 if the Cyclones are unable to get past Rutgers later in the month. Iowa State, which has authored just one winning year since 2005, will treat this finale with a little extra motivation, desperately wanting to avoid another losing season.

Players to Watch: The success of both of these teams has been built around scrappy, fundamentally-sound defenses. In Piscataway, the Scarlet Knights are top 20 nationally against the pass and at getting to the quarterback. They boast all-star-caliber players at each level, from Justin Francis and Scott Vallone up front, and Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais at linebacker, to CB Logan Ryan and S Duron Harmon in the secondary. Greene has been the breakout star of the bunch. Despite being just 6-1 and 220 pounds, the converted safety has excelled at his new spot on the field, parlaying a league-high 127 tackles into Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors. Rutgers is especially gritty on third down and in the red zone, which will test the Iowa State offense in critical situations.

If there's a relative weak spot on the Rutgers D, it's the run defense. Iowa State will look to exploit it, particularly since its passing attack doesn't match up well with the Scarlet Knights secondary. Head coach Paul Rhoads has leaned on youth in the backfield, going with redshirt freshman QB Jared Barnett since midseason, and sophomores James White and Jeff Woody at running back. Barnett has provided a jolt to the ground game, rushing for 435 yards over the last seven games. Woody and White afford the Cyclones the proverbial thunder and lightning option, mixing in the latter's quickness with the bruising, north-south running style of the former.

Cyclones' CB Leonard Johnson has had a penchant for playing his best against the premier wide receivers on the schedule. The senior will get another chance to enhance his reputation against versatile Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu. Sanu is a do-it-all type weapon who broke the Big East record for catches in a season, and can be used as the point man out of "Wildcat" packages. At 6-2 and 215 pounds, the junior possesses uncommon speed for players his size, threatening to snap off a game-changer with even a sliver of space. Iowa State will use whatever resources are necessary to contain No. 6, easily the most potent option on an otherwise sputtering attack.

Johnson will be assigned to contain Sanu, but he won't be asked to do it alone. No, he figures to get plenty of help from the linebackers, who'll be patrolling the short-range and intermediate routes. The Cyclones harbor a couple of outstanding ones in juniors A.J. Klein and Jake Knott. Both defenders are active against the run and the pass, collecting more than 100 tackles, while making smooth drops back into coverage. Never far from the ball, No. 47 and No. 20, respectively, should be able to take more chances in coverage against the feeble Rutgers ground game. The Scarlet Knights are 115th nationally on the ground, averaging just 2.6 yards a carry.

Iowa State will win if … it averages more than four yards a carry.

In order to finish the season above .500, the Cyclones absolutely, positively have to win the battle of the line of scrimmage, and have success on the ground. Throwing the ball at blustery Yankee Stadium versus a feisty Rutgers secondary is going to be a distant longshot. Iowa State will want to establish the tempo of this game, getting a collaborative effort out of Barnett, White and Woody. If it's able to soften the Scarlet Knights front seven, it might even open up an occasional connection to top WR Darius Reynolds or one of the team's other receivers. The edict coming down from Rhoads and the assistants will be cut-and-dry—win at the point of attack behind star LT Kelechi Osemele, and wear down Rutgers for at least 175 yards on the ground.

Rutgers will win if … it protects the ball, and wins the turnover battle.

When the Scarlet Knights got into trouble during the regular season, sloppy ball-handling was often at the crux of the problem. In the loss to Louisville, rookie QB Gary Nova threw three interceptions. Against West Virginia, the team coughed the ball up four times, twice on fumbles and twice on picks. And in the season-ending debacle with Connecticut, Rutgers turned the ball over six times. This program simply does not have enough offensive firepower to overcome costly mistakes. The offense won't have to be fancy or even potent to beat Iowa State on Friday. It must, however, hold on to the ball, and avoid the kinds of bad decisions under center that have plagued Nova and Chas Dodd throughout 2011.

What Will Happen: Playing a thorny Big 12 schedule has prepared Iowa State for its trek into Big East country.

After facing a wave of ranked opponents during the regular season, the Cyclones will not wince at the prospect of facing Rutgers, a middling overall squad. They'll perform with considerable motivation, and a slight edge in talent, the ingredients that'll help spur the team to a winning 2011 season. The Scarlet Knights won't go down without a bare-knuckle fight. They rarely do. However, they'll fail to execute down the stretch, and fall victim to a couple of costly turnovers from the skittish quarterbacks. Although it won't be a work of art, Iowa State will poke its head above the .500 mark behind the multi-dimensional running game and the back seven heroics of Johnson, Klein and Knott.

CFN Prediction: Iowa State 23 … Rutgers 20
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I sort of think Rutgers is a whole lot better than anyone gave it credit for this year. Iowa State travels well, but the Scarlet Knights will have the home field advantage.

By Richard Cirminiello 
The second Pinstripe Bowl is feeling fortunate to have landed the local Scarlet Knights along with the team responsible for keeping Oklahoma State out of the BCS National Championship Game.

By Matt Zemek
Who thought the first Pinstripe Bowl between Kansas State and Syracuse would be so exciting? Maybe this game will surprise as well. Iowa State and Rutgers could create fireworks, but one should expect a defensive grinder.

By: Barrett Sallee
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Rutgers playing in front of the New York City crowd is a perfect situation for the Scarlet Knights. One of these days, Rutgers is going to emerge as the "team of the Northeast." Playing in Yankee Stadium will certainly help.

By Russ Mitchell
Love the idea of CFB in the Bronx late in December...as long as I don't have to cover it. This is another intern game. Iowa State fresh off of handing its conference the dagger of all daggers (if daggers are meant to be lost television money and stature) fly to the cornfields of inner NYC to play the boys from Jersey. Two teams that are either good or very bad; they deserve each other.

By Terry Johnson
Rutgers-Iowa State should be a low scoring affair as both defenses matchup well against their opponent's offense.

By Phil Harrison
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How do both teams feel about being rewarded for this one? Rutgers takes a bus ride to a bowl game, and Iowa State would probably like to be going into warmer weather.
Best Bowl Moments
Best Cyclone Bowl Moment: Among the few bowl games Iowa State has won, the 2000 Insight Bowl stands out the most. The 2000 edition of the Cyclones won nine games, finishing off a memorable season by popping Pittsburgh, 37-29, in Phoenix. ISU jumped out to a big lead on the Panthers behind the running of Ennis Haywood, the receiving of Chris Anthony, and the passing of Sage Rosenfels. Subsequent bowl wins against Miami University and Minnesota have burnished the Cyclones' bowl profile, but that first win over Pittsburgh remains a crowning bowl moment in for Iowa State.

Best Scarlet Knight Bowl Moment: The Scarlet Knights knocked on the bowl door in 2005 before kicking it down a year later, picking up a school-first bowl victory in the inaugural Texas Bowl. Rutgers used big plays from running back Ray Rice and wide receiver Tim Brown to jump on Kansas State early, pulling away in the second half for an easy 37-10 win.

Pinstripe Bowl History
2010 Syracuse 36, Kansas State 34

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