1978 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team

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1978 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football
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Conference Independent
1978 record 9–3
Head coach Frank R. Burns (6th season)
Offensive coordinator Bill Speranza (2nd at OC; 14th overall season)
Defensive coordinator Bob Naso (11th at DC; 18th overall season)
Home stadium Rutgers Stadium
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Penn State           11 1 0
North Texas State           9 2 0
East Carolina           9 3 0
Navy           9 3 0
No. 7 Notre Dame           9 3 0
Rutgers           9 3 0
Florida State           8 3 0
Temple           7 3 1
Pittsburgh           8 4 0
Holy Cross           7 4 0
Louisville           7 4 0
UNLV           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana           6 4 1
Georgia Tech           7 5 0
Hawaii           6 5 0
Miami           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 5 1
William & Mary           5 5 1
Cincinnati           5 6 0
Villanova           5 6 0
Army           4 6 1
Memphis State           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Virginia Tech           4 7 0
Air Force           3 8 0
Colgate           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Syracuse           3 8 0
Illinois State           2 9 0
West Virginia           2 9 0
Boston College           0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team represented Rutgers University in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their sixth season under head coach Frank R. Burns, the Scarlet Knights compiled a 9–3 record while competing as an independent. The team outscored its opponents 284 to 165 and finished the season with a 34–18 loss to Arizona State in the Garden State Bowl.[1][2] The team's statistical leaders included Bob Hering with 1,193 passing yards, Glen Kehler with 883 rushing yards, and David Dorn with 535 receiving yards.[3]

Roster[edit]

1978 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 18 Deron Cherry
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Coaching staff[edit]

Source:[4]

  • Head coach: Frank R. Burns
  • Offensive coordinator: Bill Speranza
  • Offensive line coach: James Taigia
  • Wide receivers coach: Dick Curl
  • Defensive coordinator: Bob Naso
  • Defensive backs coach: Pete Savino
  • Defensive line coach: Ted Cottrell

Schedule[edit]

Sources for attendance:[5][6]

Source for times:[7]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 9 1:30 p.m. at No. 3 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA L 17–20   77,154
September 23 1:30 p.m. at Bucknell Memorial StadiumLewisburg, PA W 27–13   9,500
September 30 1:30 p.m. Princeton Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Rivalry) W 24–0   25,307
October 7 1:30 p.m. at Yale Yale BowlWest Haven, CT W 28–27   21,000
October 14 1:30 p.m. Connecticut Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ W 10–0   13,500
October 21 1:30 p.m. Villanovadagger Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ W 24–9   18,500
October 28 1:30 p.m. Columbia Giants Stadium • East Rutherford, NJ W 69–0   7,665
November 4 1:00 p.m. at UMass Warren McGuirk Alumni StadiumAmherst, MA W 21–11   9,800
November 11 1:00 p.m. Temple Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ W 13–10   22,000
November 18 1:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Fitton FieldWorcester, MA W 31–21   14,829
November 25 1:00 p.m. Colgate Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ L 9–14   17,300
December 16 vs. Arizona State Giants Stadium • East Rutherford, NJ (Garden State Bowl) L 18–34   33,402
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1978 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rutgers Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ "1978 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Scarlet Coaching Staff" (PDF), Rutgers Scarlet Knights Football 1978, Rutgers University, pp. 6–7, 1978, retrieved December 25, 2016 
  5. ^ "1978 Record" (PDF), Rutgers Football 1979, Rutgers University, p. 62, 1979, retrieved December 25, 2016 
  6. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 37. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Scarlet Schedules" (PDF), Rutgers Scarlet Knights Football 1978, Rutgers University, p. 0, 1978, retrieved December 25, 2016