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1978 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football
ConferenceIndependent
1978 record9–3
Head coachFrank R. Burns (6th season)
Offensive coordinatorBill Speranza (2nd at OC; 14th overall season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Naso (11th at DC; 18th overall season)
Home stadiumRutgers Stadium
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Penn State           11 1 0
North Texas State           9 2 0
East Carolina           9 3 0
Navy           9 3 0
No. 7 Notre Dame           9 3 0
Rutgers           9 3 0
Florida State           8 3 0
Temple           7 3 1
Pittsburgh           8 4 0
Holy Cross           7 4 0
Louisville           7 4 0
UNLV           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana           6 4 1
Georgia Tech           7 5 0
Hawaii           6 5 0
Miami           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 5 1
William & Mary           5 5 1
Cincinnati           5 6 0
Villanova           5 6 0
Army           4 6 1
Memphis State           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Virginia Tech           4 7 0
Air Force           3 8 0
Colgate           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Syracuse           3 8 0
Illinois State           2 9 0
West Virginia           2 9 0
Boston College           0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team represented Rutgers University in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their sixth season under head coach Frank R. Burns, the Scarlet Knights compiled a 9–3 record while competing as an independent. The team outscored its opponents 284 to 165 and finished the season with a 34–18 loss to Arizona State in the Garden State Bowl.[1][2] The team's statistical leaders included Bob Hering with 1,193 passing yards, Glen Kehler with 883 rushing yards, and David Dorn with 535 receiving yards.[3] It was the Scarlet Knights' first major bowl appearance.

RosterEdit

1978 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 18 Cherry, DeronDeron Cherry
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Coaching staffEdit

Source:[4]

  • Head coach: Frank R. Burns
  • Offensive coordinator: Bill Speranza
  • Offensive line coach: James Taigia
  • Wide receivers coach: Dick Curl
  • Defensive coordinator: Bob Naso
  • Defensive backs coach: Pete Savino
  • Defensive line coach: Ted Cottrell

ScheduleEdit

Sources for attendance:[5][6]

Source for times:[7]

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 91:30 p.m.at No. 3 Penn StateL 17–2077,154
September 231:30 p.m.at BucknellW 27–139,500
September 301:30 p.m.PrincetonW 24–025,307
October 71:30 p.m.at YaleW 28–2721,000
October 141:30 p.m.ConnecticutW 10–013,500
October 211:30 p.m.Villanovadagger
  • Rutgers Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
W 24–918,500
October 281:30 p.m.Columbia
  • Giants Stadium
  • East Rutherford, NJ
W 69–07,665
November 41:00 p.m.at UMassW 21–119,800
November 111:00 p.m.Temple
  • Rutgers Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
W 13–1022,000
November 181:30 p.m.at Holy CrossW 31–2114,829
November 251:00 p.m.Colgate
  • Rutgers Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
L 9–1417,300
December 16vs. Arizona State
L 18–3433,402

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1978 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/rutgers/1978-schedule.html. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  2. "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.
  3. "1978 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/rutgers/1978.html. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  4. "Scarlet Coaching Staff", Rutgers Scarlet Knights Football 1978 (Rutgers University): pp. 6–7, 1978, http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/rutu/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/1978--21/prospectus/prospectus.pdf, retrieved December 25, 2016
  5. "1978 Record", Rutgers Football 1979 (Rutgers University): p. 62, 1979, http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/rutu/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/1979--20/prospectus/prospectus.pdf, retrieved December 25, 2016
  6. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records". 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 37. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2011/Bowls.pdf. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  7. "Scarlet Schedules", Rutgers Scarlet Knights Football 1978 (Rutgers University): p. 0, 1978, http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/rutu/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/1978--21/prospectus/prospectus.pdf, retrieved December 25, 2016
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