Jawan Jamison of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights runs in for a touchdown in front of Jeremy Reeves #5 of the Iowa State Cyclones during the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 30, 2011 in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Pinstripe Bowl: Jawan Jamison Earns MVP As Rutgers Downs Iowa State, 27-13

The Scarlet Knights defeat the Cyclones at Yankee Stadium

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2011 Pinstripe Bowl: After Victory, Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano Looks Ahead

After his team finished a successful 9-4 season by defeating Iowa State, 27-13, in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Friday Rutgers University head football coach Greg Schiano looked forward to what he hopes will be a bright future for the Scarlet Knights.

"It gives me hope that we will have a good football team moving forward. It's not the start of everything; we have been a pretty consistent program, going to Bowl games, winning Bowl games and we have to get to the next level," Schiano said. "I hope that this group of players, this group of coaches, this group is the group that will get us over the top and get us to the championship level."

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Khaseem Greene Injury Update: Greg Schiano Says Rutgers' Linebacker 'Is Going To Be Ok'

With about five minutes remaining in the Rutgers University, 27-13, victory over Iowa State University in the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium Friday, Scarlet Knight linebacker Khaseem Greene lay on the field in obvious pain from a right ankle injury. The Big East Conference's Co-defensive Player Of The Year was carted off the field via medical cart and all Scarlet Knights fan wanted to know was how the 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker was going to be.

"The medical people think he is going to be OK," said Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano in his postgame press conference. "Its going to take a little while to heal, but one of the things we wanted to do with Khaseem this Spring anyway was kinda cut back on what he was going to do in Spring football and all that. So, we will have a chance to develop in that areas and how ever long the healing process takes it takes."

Greene finished the regular season with a league-best 127 tackles and Tuesday announced he'd be returning for his senior season.

Here's the picture of Greene rolling his ankle, if you're squeamish when it comes to these things don't look.


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Pinstripe Bowl Final Score: Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13

Behind a 17-point second quarter which included two rushing touchdowns from sophomore running back Jawan Jamison, Rutgers University edged Iowa State University, 27-13, in the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Jamison, who ran for 134 rushing yards on 27 carries, earned the game's MVP and helped the Scarlet Knights (9-4) earn their fifth bowl victory in program history. The Cyclones finished its season 6-7.

"Hey Biggy! This one is for you buddy!," yelled Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano on the winner's podium in the direction of former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who last season suffered a severe spinal injury that prevented him from playing in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Rutgers sophomore quarter Chas Dodd played most of the contest and finished 10-for-17 with 194 yards and a touchdown, which featured sophomore wide receiver Brandon Coleman catching a 86-yard touchdown that capped the game's scoring and helped cement the Scarlet Knights victory with 5:47 remaining.

Rutgers senior wide receiver Mohamed Sanu caught six balls for 80 yards in what could have been his final game in a white and scarlet uniform.

Thanks to 17-unanswered second quarter points and scoreless third, Iowa State trailed 17-6 entering the fourth quarter. ISU was able to trim the Scarlet Knights margin to just one possession, 20-13, as sophomore running back Jeff Woody scored on a 20-yard rush with 10:00 to go. However, Coleman's touchdown and a failed fourth-down conversion inside the Rutgers' 15-yard line with less than five minutes to go did the Cyclones in.

"I am really proud of these kids," said Schiano after to the game to Rutgers radio station WCTC 1450 A.M. "I'll tell ya, this senior class has been through more than any class I've been around. To be able to come win it at home with Eric sitting and watching us. All of those guys, ya know, it's a great day."

Rutgers senior kicker San San Te made 2-of-3 field goals, including a 29-yarder that gave the Scarlet Knights a 20-6 lead with 13:21 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Rutgers defense allowed just 311 total yards and forced three turnovers. Junior cornerback Logan Ryan played an outstanding game compiling an late, four-quarter interception and a huge pass breakup on ISU's fourth-down conversion attempt on its final possession.

However, in the final minutes of the contest Rutgers lost linebacker Khaseem Greene to a leg injury, which forced the the Co-defensive Big East Defensive Player Of The Year to leave the game via medical cart. The injury status of Greene is yet to be announced.

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Pinstripe Bowl Score Update: Rutgers Still Leads Iowa State, 17-6, As Fourth Quarter Begins

A scoreless third quarter has helped to the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl head into its final 15 minutes with Rutgers University head of Iowa State University, 17-6. The game, which is being played at Yankee Stadium, saw just two third-quarter drives march inside an opponent's territory, including the most current Rutgers' drive that is at ISU's 28-yard line and will continue at the start of the fourth quarter.

The drive was setup by an interception thrown by ISU quarterback Steele Jantz who was picked off by Rutgers' Steve Beauharnais with 2:15 to go in the third.

The second ISU drive marched inside Rutgers territory, but the Scarlet Knights forced a punt.

Rutgers trailed 6-0 after one quarter, but used 17-unanswered points, including two rushing touchdowns by sophomore running back Jawan Jamison, to take a 9-point lead into halftime.

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Pinstripe Bowl Halftime Score: Rutgers 17, Iowa State 6

Two rushing touchdowns by sophomore running back Jawan Jamison and a 21-yard field goal by senior kicker San San Tee has helped Rutger University take a 17-6 halftime lead over Iowa State University in the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Jamison, who has already rushed for 61 yards, scored from one and 12 yards for the Scarlet Knights (8-4), who trailed 6-0 after the first quarter but tallied 17-unanswered points in the second to take the lead.

Game Recap: Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13

Jamison's first touchdown capped a 10-play, 92-yard drive that ended when Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano decided to go for it on 4th-and-1 from ISU's one-yard line. After a timeout to discuss what play to run, Jamison bulled his way into the end zone to give the Scarlet Knights their first lead of the game, 7-6, with 12:39 to play in the first half.

The drive was highlighted by a 25-yard reception by senior wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from quarterback Chas Dodd that converted a 4th-and-5 from ISU's 30-yard line.

Following the Rutgers touchdown, ISU took over but three plays later gave the ball right back to the Scarlet Knights.

On 3rd-and-12 from their own 30-yard line, ISU quarterback Jared Barnett dropped back to pass and was sacked and stripped by RU linebacker Khaseem Green. The ball was scooped up by RU defensive tackle Scott Vallone who was taken down at the Cyclones' four-yard line.

Three plays later, Rutgers had to settle for a 21-yard field goal by senior kicker San San Te, who made the kick and gave the Scarlet Knights a 10-6 lead with 10:30 to play in the half.

Rutgers capped the half's scoring when Jamison ended a 10-play, 66-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run that came with 2:24 to go. The drive was highlighted by a 23-yard rush by sophomore fullback Michael Burton.

ISU had a chance to trim Rutgers' lead to just eight points, but a 44-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Justin Guyer was blocked by defensive tackle Justin Francis with 57 second to play.

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Pinstripe Bowl Score Update: Iowa State Leads Rutgers, 6-0, After One Quarter

A pair of field goals by senior kicker Zach Guyer has helped the Iowa State Cyclones earn an early advantage over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, which trial 6-0 at the end of the first quarter of the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Guyer made kicks from 41 and 45 yards, respectively, for the Cyclones (6-6), who has converted five first down but are 0-for-4 on third downs.

On their second possession of the game, the Scarlet Knights marched into Iowa State territory, but had to settled for a 47-yard field goal by senior kick San San Te, who missed the kick.

However, Rutgers forced ISU to a three-and-out on its next possession and has now marched the ball deep inside Cyclones' territory. The Scarlet Knights will begin the second quarter at ISU's 15-yard line and facing a 1st-and-10.

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Rutgers Vs. Iowa State, 2011 Pinstripe Bowl: Time, TV, Location, History And More

Event: Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-4) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (6-6) - Pinstripe Bowl

Date/Time: Friday, December 30, 2012 - 3:20 p.m. EDT.

Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York.

Broadcast Info: The Pinstripe Bowl will be televised on ESPN and ESPN 3.

Odds: Rutgers is a one-point favorite. The Over/Under is 44.5.

Last Time Out: Rutgers was blown out by the Connecticut Huskies 40-22 in the final game of the regular season, which was over a month ago on November 26. Rutgers had a chance to win a share of the Big East going into the Connecticut game, but laid an egg, and were down 40-10 after the third quarter.

Iowa State lost to the 11 ranked Kansas State Wildcats 30-23 on December 3. The Cyclones last win came on November 18 when they upset the number two ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in double overtime, by a score of 37-31.

Rutgers In The Rankings: Rutgers allow the twelfth lowest average in yards this season at 311 per game. They're also tied for twelfth in interceptions with 17 on the season.

Cyclones In The Rankings: The Cyclones give up an average of 30 points and 432 yards per game.

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2011 Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers Season In Review

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights began the 2011 season with low expectations following a 4-8 campaign that ended in a a six-game losing streak. Rutgers halted its losing skid by routing FCS powder puff North Carolina Central, 48-0. It was the Scarlet Knights’ largest shutout win in a season opener since 1918.

However, it meant nothing considering Rutgers also shutout Norfolk State 31-0 in their 2010 season opener. Rutgers suffered their first setback of the season in the following week against North Carolina. Sophomore speedster Giovani Bernard gained 81 yards and two touchdowns while Rutgers leading rusher, DeAntwan Williams, could only muster 15 yards in nine carries. As a unit, North Carolina’s offense outgained Rutgers on the ground 132 yards to one. The Scarlet Knights scored a touchdown to pull within two with 10:40 remaining but were unable to start another scoring drive. The Scarlet Knights ultimately suffered its first loss, 24-22.

Against Ohio, Rutgers overpowered the undefeated Ohio Bobcats in a 38-26, led by junior receiver Mohamed Sanu’s record-setting day. Sanu caught a school-record 16 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

Rutgers faced its biggest challenge in the Big East opener on the road at the Carrier Dome against the Syracuse Orangemen. Trailing 13-6 with time winding down in regulation, the Rutgers gambled on a fourth-and-nine from the Syracuse 33-yard line. Freshman backup Gary Nova, who replaced junior starter Chas Dodd, hit a falling receiver for a 13-yard gain. Rutgers tied the score at 13 on a 3-yard touchdown pass to Sanu with 2:09 left. After kicking a 13-yard field goal in the second overtime, cornerback Edmond Laryea, who replaced 2011 Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Khaseem Greene, forced a Syracuse fumble that ended the game.

After a week of debate over who would start against Pittsburgh, the Scarlet Knights chose Nova, who de-committed from Pitt as a high school senior. Nova threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns en route to a convincing 34-10 win. The next week, Rutgers needed a blocked field goal with fewer than five minutes remaining to survive Navy 21-20.

However, the offense was unable to muster any offense as they scored just two touchdowns in a 14-16 loss to Louisville. The offense returned one week later against 25th ranked West Virginia at home. However, the defense was unable to halt Geno Smith and the Mountaineers’ offense. After trailing 21-31 at halftime, the Mountaineers scored 20 unanswered points and walked away with a 41-31 win. Despite the loss to West Virginia, the most memorable part of the season came during the pre-game when former defensive lineman Eric Legrand, who was paralyzed from the neck down, during a game last October led the team out onto the snow-covered field. Legrand directed his wheelchair as head coach Greg Schiano walked beside him and the team followed. The moment was later voted Sports Illustrated's Moment of the Year and Legrand leading the team out onto the field was placed on the magazine's cover.

It was the last game Rutgers would lose before staging a three-game November winning streak. The Scarlet Knights began their streak by defeating South Florida 20-17. After Chas Dodd was brought in to replace ineffective starter, Gary Nova at the start of the fourth quarter, Dodd threw a game-tying 34-yard touchdown pass with 1:08 remaining. On the final play of regulation, South Florida missed a kick that would have won the game. In the first overtime, Rutgers cornerback Duron Harmon intercepted a South Florida pass that allowed Rutgers to seal the win with a field goal of their own. The win also gave Rutgers bowl-eligibility.

The Scarlet Knights outscored Army and Cincinnati 47-15 and unexpectedly fought their way back into the Big East title race. A win against Connecticut would give them a share of their first Big East championship and a shot a BCS championship bid. However, the Huskies defeated the Scarlet Knights and ending their bid in an anticlimactic 40-22 win.

The quarterback carousel continued against Connecticut as Nova threw for 298 yards in the fourth quarter in relief of Dodd. Brandon Coleman, who caught two fourth quarter touchdowns, including a 92-yarder finished with a team-high 223 yards. Sanu also caught nine balls for 133 yards.

Although, playing in nearby Yankee Stadium is a nice consolation prize, it will be interesting to witness how the Scarlet Knights respond after missing out on their shot at a Big East title and a BCS bowl game. Even though preparing for a bowl game in New York City isn’t quite as pleasant as preparing for the Orange Bowl in South Florida, the Scarlet Knights have plenty to be proud of. Their 8-4 season surpassed the expectations most had for the team following their disastrous 2010 campaign.

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