2006 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team

The 2006 Rutgers Scarlet Knights campaign was considered by many to be the breakout season for the Rutgers football team. Led by Draddy Trophy winning senior fullback Brian Leonard, sophomore quarterback Mike Teel, senior defensive captain and two time national defensive player of the week defensive tackle Ramel Meekins, sophomore halfback Ray Rice, sophomore wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, junior defensive tackle Eric Foster, and junior kicker Jeremy Ito, Rutgers finished the season ranked 12th in the Associated Press and Coaches polls, won eleven of thirteen games, and recorded the first bowl game win in school history.

2006 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football
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Texas Bowl champion
Texas Bowl, W 37–10 vs. Kansas State
ConferenceBig East Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 12
2006 record11–2 (5–2 Big East)
Head coachGreg Schiano
Offensive coordinatorCraig Ver Steeg
Defensive coordinatorGreg Schiano
Home stadiumRutgers Stadium
(Capacity: 41,500)
Seasons
← 2005
2007 →
2006 Big East Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Louisville $   6 1         12 1  
No. 10 West Virginia   5 2         11 2  
No. 12 Rutgers   5 2         11 2  
South Florida   4 3         9 4  
Cincinnati   4 3         8 5  
Pittsburgh   2 5         6 6  
Connecticut   1 6         4 8  
Syracuse   0 6         0 8  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The team started off the season going undefeated through nine games, including a dramatic win over then-3rd ranked Louisville, which was highlighted by kicker Jeremy Ito's last minute field goal to seal the win. After they were defeated by both West Virginia and Cincinnati, they received an invitation to play Kansas State in the inaugural Texas Bowl. Rutgers defeated Kansas State 37-10 for the first bowl game win in school history. Halfback Ray Rice was named the game's MVP and ran for 170 yards and one touchdown in twenty-four carries.[1] Due to his tremendous 2006 season, in which he ran for 1,794 yards and scored twenty touchdowns, Rice won Big East Player of the Year honors. He also finished seventh in Heisman Trophy voting and was a finalist for the Maxwell Award.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 23:30 PMat North Carolina*ABCW 21–1650,000
September 912:00 PMIllinois*ESPN2W 33–041,036
September 163:30 PMOhio* MSGW 24–741,102
September 232:00 PMHoward*No. 23MSGW 56–735,558
September 298:00 PMat South FloridaNo. 23ESPN2W 22–2032,493
October 141:30 PMat Navy*No. 24CSTVW 34–036,918
October 215:45 PMat PittsburghNo. 19ESPN2W 20–1049,620
October 298:00 PMConnecticutNo. 16ESPNW 24–1343,620
November 97:45 PMNo. 3 LouisvilleNo. 15ESPNW 28–2544,111
November 187:45 PMat CincinnatiNo. 7ESPN2L 11–3027,804
November 2512:00 PMSyracuseNo. 15ESPNUW 38–743,791
December 27:45 PMat No. 15 West VirginiaNo. 13ESPNL 39–41 3OT60,299
December 288:00 PMvs. Kansas State*No. 16NFL NetworkW 37–1052,210
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.
  • All times are in Eastern time

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR 23 24 24 19 16 15 15 7 15 13 16 12 
Coaches RV RV RV RV 23 23 24 19 16 15 14 8 16 13 17 12 
Harris Not released 23 24 24 19 15 14 13 7 15 13 16 Not released 
BCS Not released 16 14 12 13 6 14 13 16 Not released

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