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Game 12: Football at Maryland

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RUTGERS (4-7, 1-7) at MARYLAND (6-5, 3-5)
November 26, 2022 • Noon ET • Big Ten Network
SECU Stadium • College Park, Md.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers football concludes the schedule with a road trip to face Maryland Saturday at SECU Stadium. The Scarlet Knights won their last trip to College Park in 2020.

TV: Big Ten Network (FOX Sports app)

Play-By-Play: Jason Ross Jr.

Analyst: Matt McGloin

Radio: RWJBarnabas Health Rutgers Sports Network

WFAN 101.9-FM/660-AM, FOX Sports New Jersey 93.5-FM/1450-AM, SiriusXM 158 or 203, Audacy app, Scarlet Knights app

Play-By-Play: Chris Carlin

Analyst: Julian Pinnix-Odrick

Sideline: Anthony Fucilli

Engineer: Paul Shrager

Pre/Post: Marc Malusis & Eric LeGrand

Student Radio: WRSU 88.7-FM

Dennis Geissler & Dylan McCoy

2022 Rutgers Football Senior Day

 

• Rutgers leads the Big Ten and is fifth in the country with five blocked kicks, having blocked 67 overall under head coach Greg Schiano. DB Max Melton’s three blocks in 2022 are tied for the nation’s lead. The punt team has limited opponents to -10 return yards on the season with no positive returns (first nationally), with a net punt average of 43.46 (fourth nationally). When punting from the Rutgers 40 and closer (27 attempts), the average starting field position for the opponent is the 12, including 13 times inside the 10 with no better than a drive start at the 21.
• Rutgers is top-30 nationally in total defense (27th, 334.9) and passing defense (23rd, 191.2).
• Rutgers has seen 29 players make their collegiate debut and 13 earn their first college start this season.
• Rutgers is 9-1 since 2020 when not committing a turnover in a game.
 

• Rutgers took an early lead, but No. 11 Penn State scored three non-offensive touchdowns to come back for a 55-10 win on Senior Day at SHI Stadium.
• QB Gavin Wimsatt finished 10-of-29 for 122 yards and a first-half touchdown to WR Shameen Jones. On defense, DB Avery Young contributed 12 tackles with two for loss, a sack and forced fumble.
• P Adam Korsak punted 12 times for 516 yards with four downed inside the 20 and no return yards against. He now holds the NCAA records for career punts (339) and punting yardage (14,876).
• The attendance of 55,676 set a new stadium record. The average attendance of 50,756 set a new program record for a season.
 

Nunzio Campanile was named interim offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Oct. 9. Serving as tight ends coach since 2020, the Fair Lawn, New Jersey, native worked as the interim head coach and offensive coordinator for the final eight games of the 2019 season.
• The unit has had 15 different players carry the ball, 17 catch a pass and five throw a pass through 11 games.
• Wimsatt started the last four games with double-digit completions and a touchdown pass in each of the last three. Set career highs with 236 passing yards, 20 completions, 34 attempts and two touchdown passes at Michigan State. Led a unit that went 8-for-16 on third down, recording seven passing plays overall of at least 15 yards and no turnovers.
• RB Kyle Monangai leads the offense with 400 rushing yards on 99 carries, while WR Aron Cruickshank has a team-high 41 catches. WR Sean Ryan leads the Big Ten averaging 17.7 yards per reception on the season.
 

Joe Harasymiak is in his first season as defensive coordinator. A native of Waldwick, New Jersey, Harasymiak spent the last two seasons as co-defensive coordinator at Minnesota and was previously head coach at Maine. He was named as a nominee for the Broyles Award.
• Rutgers has shown defensive statistical improvement compared to last season. The Scarlet Knights have allowed 61.6 less yards of total offense per game, 43.7 less passing yards and 17.8 less rushing yards.
• LB Deion Jennings ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 7.9 tackles per game. Young is five tackles away from breaking into the top-10 in program history in career tackles, while DB Christian Izien needs five to reach 300. DL Aaron Lewis owns a team-best eight tackles-for-loss.
• DB Christian Braswell leads the unit with three interceptions, with Melton totaling 10 pass breakups and two picks.
 

• Rutgers set the NCAA record for net punt average (45.25) in 2021, topping the previous mark of 45.04 held by BYU (1983). In 2022, Rutgers ranks fourth at 43.46. The unit has held opponents to -10 punt return yards on 65 attempts (no positive returns), first nationally. The last team with a double-digit negative figure for a season was Oklahoma (-18) in 2020.
• Rutgers has blocked 67 kicks under Schiano, 12 times scoring off a blocked punt. That includes 12 games with multiple blocks.
• Korsak, a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, leads the roster with 57 games of experience, downing 142 career attempts (41.9 percent) inside the 20-yard line. The Aussie holds the NCAA records with 14,876 career punting yards and 339 career attempts. In punts this season from the Rutgers 40 and closer (27 attempts), has downed 13 inside the 10, 19 at the 15 or closer and four at the 20 (two touchbacks) with nothing higher than the 21. The average drive start for the opponent in the situation is the 12.
• PK Jude McAtamney has made a field goal in nine games, making two attempts of 49 yards.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights take on the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Stadium in College Park, MD on Saturday December 12, 2020.(Ben Solomon/Rutgers Athletics)

 

• Rutgers will take on Maryland in a Big Ten game for the ninth time and 18th time overall.
• The Scarlet Knights have won three times in College Park (2009, 2014, 2020).
• Last year in Piscataway, Maryland scored in each quarter to take a 40-16 in the regular season finale for both teams. TE Johnny Langan and RB Aaron Young added rushing touchdowns, while DB Kessawn Abraham scored a two-point conversion on a blocked extra point. On defense, DB Avery Young produced a team-high 13 tackles and a sack.
• The last time in College Park, Rutgers rallied from a 24-21 deficit with 2:56 remaining with an 11-play drive over 61 yards that ended with Valentino Ambrosio hitting a 39-yard field goal to force overtime. The game featured seven lead changes. After Ambrosio connected from 42 yards, the defense held Maryland without a first down on its series, with Mike Tverdov recording a sack on third down to force a 50-yard field goal attempt, which sailed wide left and set a 27-24 final score. Rutgers notched season highs with 13 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks, which set a team Big Ten record. Tverdov became the fourth player in program history to record at least three sacks in a game.
• Also under the direction of head coach Greg Schiano, RU earned a 34-13 road victory over the Terrapins in 2009. The Scarlet Knights forced five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles) and allowed just 28 rushing yards and 12 first downs. Both Antonio Lowery (interception return) and George Johnson (fumble recovery in end zone) scored on defense as one of seven RU games under Schiano posting multiple scores on defense/special teams. Offensively, RB Joe Martinek posted 147 yards on the ground with a pair of touchdowns, while San San Te converted two goals. Teddy Dellaganna was named Big East Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 40.6 yards on five attempts, with a long of 51, to pin Maryland to an average starting field position of its own 12.
• In the first Big Ten matchup in College Park in 2014, Rutgers rallied from a 35-10 deficit to win 41-38. The 25-point comeback is tied for the school record, also done in 2015 at Indiana. Gary Nova threw for 347 yards, as Leonte Carroo, Janarion Grant and Andre Patton all topped 100 yards receiving. Defensively, RU allowed just three points in the second half, using a short-yardage stop on a late fourth down to seal the win.
• Rutgers has three players on its roster from the state of Maryland: DL Kyonte Hamilton (District Heights), OL Kamar Missouri (Baltimore) and Reggie Sutton (Towson).
• Rutgers game highs versus Maryland:
Rushing Yards: Joe Martinek, 147 (2009)
Passing Yards: Gary Nova, 347 (2014)
Receiving Yards: Leonte Carroo, 183 (2015)

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