Rutgers handed the ball to Jawan Jamison a school-record 41 times during its 23-13 victory over the South Florida Bulls Thursday night in the Big East Conference season opener. Jamison was busy, sure. But, how good was he.
The 5-foot-8, 200-pound junior had one run of 41 yards. That meant on his other 40 carries, he gained 110 yards. That is a not very good average of 2.75 yards per carry. His average for the night was 3.7 yards per attempt.
Jamison broke the school record of 40 carries set by JJ Jennings in 1972. Ray Rice, currently starring for the Baltimore Ravens, carried 39 times during games in both the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Jamison now has four consecutive 100+ yard rushing games dating back to last season. Rice had eight in 2007 and seven in 2006. Four other Scarlet Knights' backs have at least five straight 100+ yard games.
According to the Rutgers football website, Jamison's 151-yard effort is nowhere near the best yardage total for a single game in school history. Rice has the top two games at 280 and 243 yards, and there have been 12 200+ yard performances in Rutgers history.
Jamison was good Thursday. He wasn't that good, however. At least Ray Rice good. Not close.