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2008 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football
PapaJohns.com Bowl champion
ConferenceBig East Conference
2008 record8–5 (5–2 Big East)
Head coachGreg Schiano
Offensive coordinatorJohn McNulty
Home stadiumRutgers Stadium
(Capacity: 41,500)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Big East football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#17 Cincinnati   6 1         11 3  
Pittsburgh   5 2         9 4  
#23 West Virginia   5 2         9 4  
Rutgers   5 2         8 5  
Connecticut   3 4         8 5  
South Florida   2 5         8 5  
Louisville   1 6         5 7  
Syracuse   1 6         3 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll

After losing star halfback Ray Rice to the NFL Draft, Rutgers faced a rebuilding season. Senior Mike Teel was forced to step up his game at quarterback without being able to rely on Rice so frequently. Rutgers started off very slowly, dropping 5 of the first 6 games, including two to Big East rivals West Virginia and Cincinnati. With dreams of a Big East championship now completely eroded, Rutgers now had to recover to try to at least secure a fourth consecutive bowl berth. Starting with a 12-10 win against Connecticut on homecoming weekend, Rutgers never lost another game. The next week, they posted an impressive 54-34 win over #17 Pittsburgh. They won their next four games, finishing the season 7-5 with a solid 5-2 conference record. Rutgers earned a bowl berth in the PapaJohns.com Bowl, and they won a close game against NC State for their third consecutive bowl win.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 14:00 PMNo. NR/25 Fresno State*ESPNL 7–2442,508
September 117:45 PMNorth Carolina*
  • Rutgers Stadium
  • Piscataway, New Jersey
ESPNL 12–4442,502
September 203:30 PMat Navy*CBSCSL 21–2337,821
September 273:30 PMMorgan State*
  • Rutgers Stadium
  • Piscataway, New Jersey
SNYW 38–042,411
October 412:00 PMat West VirginiaSNYL 17–2459,122
October 1112:00 PMat CincinnatiSNYL 10–1332,370
October 1812:00 PMConnecticutdagger
  • Rutgers Stadium
  • Piscataway, New Jersey
ESPNUW 12–1042,491
October 253:30 PMat No. 17/20 PittsburghESPN360W 54–3451,161
November 812:00 PMSyracuse
  • Rutgers Stadium
  • Piscataway, New Jersey
ESPNUW 35–1742,172
November 1512:00 PMat South FloridaSNYW 49–1647,216
November 2212:00 PMArmy*
  • Rutgers Stadium
  • Piscataway, New Jersey
SNYW 30–342,212
December 47:45 PMLouisville
  • Rutgers Stadium
  • Piscataway, New Jersey
ESPNW 63–1442,347
December 293:00 PMvs. North Carolina StateESPNW 29–2338,582
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP and Coaches Polls released prior to game.
  • All times are in Eastern time

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