|1976 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football|
|Head coach||Frank R. Burns (4th season)|
|Home stadium||Rutgers Stadium|
|1976 NCAA Division I Independents football records|
|No. 1 Pittsburgh||–||12||–||0||–||0|
|No. 17 Rutgers||–||11||–||0||–||0|
|San Diego State||–||10||–||1||–||0|
|No. 12 Notre Dame||–||9||–||3||–||0|
|North Texas State||–||7||–||4||–||0|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
The 1976 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team represented Rutgers University in the 1976 NCAA Division I football season. In their fourth season under head coach Frank R. Burns, the Scarlet Knights compiled a perfect 11–0 record while competing as an independent, outscored their opponents 287 to 81, and were ranked No. 17 in the final AP Poll. They were granted as national champions by the Dun Herm poll and it is Rutgers' second claimed National title to this day, after the national title in 1869. The team's statistical leaders included Bret Kosup with 1,098 passing yards, Glen Kehler with 764 rushing yards, and Mark Twitty with 514 receiving yards.
|September 11||Navy||W 13–3|
- "1976 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/rutgers/1976-schedule.html. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
- "Rutgers Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/r/rutgers/1975-1979_yearly_results.php. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
- "1976 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/rutgers/1976.html. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
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