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Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Current season:
2021 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers logo.png NCAA-Big 10-Rutgers Scarlet Knights Crimson helmet-White facemask.png
First season 1869
Athletic director Patrick E. Hobbs
Head coach Greg Schiano
12th year, 71–73 (.493)
Home stadium SHI Stadium
Year built 1994
Stadium capacity 41,500
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Piscataway, New Jersey, U.S.
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division East
All-time history
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Historical Teams
1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879
1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
All-time record 653–663–42 (.496)
Postseason bowl record 6–4 (.600)
Claimed national titles 1 (1869)
Conference titles 1, as member of Big East Conference
Division titles 3 (Middle Atlantic)
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans Template:American college football All-Americans 3
Current uniform
NCAA-Big 10-Rutgers Scarlet Knights 2020 Jerseys.png
Colors Crimson, Black, and White


Fight song "The Bells Must Ring"
Rivals Princeton Tigers (former)
Penn State Nittany Lions
Outfitter Nike

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team represents Rutgers University located in New Brunswick and Piscataway, New Jersey.

The Scarlet Knights are a member of the NCAA FBS Big Ten Conference, which they joined in 2014. Previously Rutgers had been a member of the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East Conference) from 1991 to 2013. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team is notable for playing in the first ever intercollegiate football game in 1869, in which they defeated Princeton University by a score of 6–4. For this reason, Rutgers has been described as "the birthplace of college football."

The Scarlet Knights play their home games at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, NJ and are currently coached by Greg Schiano.



National championships

Rutgers has one national championship, winning it in the first season of intercollegiate football in the United States. NCAA-designated major selector Parke Davis chose both Rutgers and Princeton as national champion, the teams split two matches 1-1.[1]

National Championships
Season Coach Selector Record
1869 No coach Parke H. Davis 1–1

Conference championships

Rutgers has won one conference championship.

Conference Championships
Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
2012 Big East Conference Kyle Flood 9–4 5–2

† Co-champions

Division titles

Rutgers has won three division titles. During their time in the Middle Atlantic Conferences, the conference established three leagues that were referred to as Divisions (University, Northern College, and Southern College), with no one true conference champion.[2]

Division Championships
Season Division Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1958 University Division John Stiegman 8–1 4–0
1960 University Division John F. Bateman 8–1 4–0
1961 University Division John F. Bateman 9–0 4–0

Bowl games

Rutgers has played in ten bowl games. They have a record of 6-4.[3]

Bowl Game history
Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1978 Frank R. Burns Garden State Bowl Arizona State L 18–34
2005 Greg Schiano Insight Bowl Arizona State L 40–45
2006 Greg Schiano Texas Bowl Kansas State W 37–10
2007 Greg Schiano International Bowl Ball State W 52–30
2008 Greg Schiano Bowl North Carolina State W 29–23
2009 Greg Schiano St. Petersburg Bowl Central Florida W 45–24
2011 Greg Schiano New Era Pinstripe Bowl Iowa State W 27–13
2012 Kyle Flood Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech L 10–13OT
2013 Kyle Flood New Era Pinstripe Bowl Notre Dame L 16–29
2014 Kyle Flood Quick Lane Bowl North Carolina W 40–21

Recent team standings


Year Coach Record
2020 Greg Schiano 3-6


Year Coach Record
2019 Chris Ash; Nunzio Campanile 2-10
2018 Chris Ash 1-11
2017 Chris Ash 4-8
2016 Chris Ash 2-10
2015 Kyle Flood 4-8
2014 Kyle Flood 8-5
2013 Kyle Flood 6-7
2012 Kyle Flood 9-4
2011 Greg Schiano 9-4
2010 Greg Schiano 4-8


Season Coach Record
2009 Greg Schiano 9-4
2008 Greg Schiano 8-5
2007 Greg Schiano 8-5
2006 Greg Schiano 11-2
2005 Greg Schiano 7-5
2004 Greg Schiano 4-7
2003 Greg Schiano 5-7
2002 Greg Schiano 1-11
2001 Greg Schiano 2-9
2000 Terry Shea 3-8


Season Coach Record
1879 None
1878 None
1877 None
1876 None
1875 None
1874 None
1873 None 1-2
1872 None 1-1-1
1871 None None
1870 None 1-1


Season Coach Record
1869 None 1-1

Notable Players/Alumni

Rutgers has had many key contributing players in its 142-year history of college football. Dating back to the 1910s, the university has had several All-American candidates as well as a couple of once potential Heisman Trophy candidates in its storied history.

  • 1910's: - Paul Robeson, who was born in Princeton, NJ played under future College Football Hall of Fame coach George Sanford. In his junior and senior years, playing as an end, Robeson was selected as an All-American in 1917 and 1918. After college, he played three years in the early NFL, first with the Akron Pros in 1921 and then the Milwaukee Badgers in 1922. Robeson himself was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1995.
  • 1920's: - Homer Hazel first played for Rutgers in 1915, and then from 1923 to 1924. He was twice named an All-American, as an end in 1923 and a fullback in 1924. Hazel was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1951.
  • 1950's: - Bill Austin, a native of Fanwood, NJ was one of the first recognized players from Rutgers. Gifted with a twisting and elusive running style, Austin led the Scarlet Knights in rushing three straight seasons. Despite being undersized at 5'11 and 170 lbs, Austin rushed for 2,073 yards while ranking up 204 points in his career with Rutgers. His 32-touchdown career ranks second in the Rutgers annals among all-time scorers and he had 13 interceptions from his defensive back position, which is one short of the all-time mark. Austin was inducted into the Rutgers Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and was recognized as an AP All-American in 1958. That year, Austin led the team to an 8–1 record, though the team could've gone 9-0 if Austin did not sit out the Quantico Marines game with an apparent hand injury. Austin was also considered[by whom?]a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, though the award was won by Pete Dawkins of Army that year. Austin went on to play for the Washington Redskins after being drafted in 1959.
  • 1960's: - By the 1960s, Alex Kroll came onto the scene as a formidable opponent. At 6'2 228 lbs playing center, Kroll played was enrolled at Yale for two seasons before serving in the Army. He later formed a bond with the football captains at Rutgers before deciding to transfer there. Kroll was extremely physical in the trenches, giving way to his spot as the captain of the team in 1961. In his senior year biography, "his performance and leadership in 1960 helped Rutgers to a season which surpassed even the most optimistic of the previews. He has size, speed, hustle, and an uncanny ability to call defenses best equipped to stop the enemy." Kroll was an excellent student in the classroom, played linebacker at times, and helped lead Rutgers to a 17–1 record in his time at Rutgers, earning him AP All-American center award in the undefeated season of 1961.
  • 1970's: - The 1970's featured several great players for the Scarlet Knights. From 1971 to 1973, running back JJ Jennings tore up the record books, ranking him third all time at Rutgers with 2,935 yards rushing. He also led the nation in scoring during the 1973 season, with Honorable Mention of the AP All-American team.

In the late 1970s, Rutgers football, led by coach Frank R. Burns, showed the nation its capabilities with an undefeated record in 1976 (11-0). That year included Rutgers star defensive tackle, Nate Toran, who finished his career with 52 sacks including 17 in 1976. Toran earned third team AP All-American that year and was joined by honorable mentions John Alexander, Jim Hughes, Henry Jenkins, and Mark Twitty.

  • 1980's: - An array of different players from the 1980s led Rutgers to match-ups against teams such as Penn State, Michigan State, Alabama, and more. During that time, future Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Deron Cherry, then a standout safety for Rutgers, was an honorable AP All-American in 1980, followed by his teammate quarterback Ed McMichael.

Other standouts included Jim Dumont Sr. and Tyronne Stowe, who holds the all-time record of 533 tackles. In the late 1980s, Scott Erney was an Honorable AP All-American mention, leading the team to key victories in 1988 over Michigan State and Penn State. Wide receiver Eric Young, who later went on to play baseball in the MLB, was another Honorable AP All-American mention.

  • 1990's: - The early 1990s brought in a great recruiting class for Rutgers football, featuring running backs Bruce Presley and Terrell Willis. Together they were known as "Thunder and Lightning," they racked up 5,889 yards combined earning Presley 2nd team Freshman All-American honors in 1992, and Willis 1st team Freshman All-American honors in 1993.

In 1994, tight end ppMarco Battaglia]] came onto the scene as a force. In his career "on the banks," Marco went from 27 catches, to 58, to 69 catches in 1995. With great size at 6'3", 245 lbs, he was drafted in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft.

  • 2000's - Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is a player who has stood out as a major icon in Rutgers Football. Recruited out of New Rochelle HS in New York, Rice beat out four other running backs his freshman year to earn a starting spot in 2005. He racked up 1,120 yards that season. In 2006, Rice finished second in the nation in rushing and was a finalist for the Maxwell Award, given to the best player in the country. By 2007, Rutgers University had set up a Heisman campaign for Rice. By the end of his career, Ray had amassed 4,926 yards on the ground and leads the Rutgers record book in almost every rushing category. He was 2nd team AP All-American two years in a row ('06-'07). Wide receiver Kenny Britt, and defensive back Devin McCourty were also Honorable Mentions on the AP All-American team during their careers. Quarterback Gary Nova recruited out of Don Bosco Prep HS in New Jersey, Nova holds several passing records at Rutgers, with 73 career touchdown passes, making him number one in that category in the programs history. Gary is also number two in passing yards with 9,258 placing him second behind Mike Teel who passed for 9,383 yards. Nova is also number one in attempts and number two in completions in his career at Rutgers.



  1. 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records,2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records. National Collegiate Athletic Association (August 2018). ISBN .
  3. Rutgers Historical Scores at Division I-A Historical Scores, published by James Howell. Accessed on 12 January 2007.

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