Pinstripe Bowl Key Matchup
Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:06 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
A look at the key matchup that could decide the Pinstripe Bowl
Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers vs. Jake Knott and A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State
Rutgers had one of the worst rushing offenses in the nation this season, finishing with an average of 91.5 yards per game. That mark put them at No. 115 among FBS schools, and has become is an immediate concern with head coach Greg Schiano indecisive about his starting quarterback for the bowl game. However, the dreadful statistics from the season do mask one glimmer of hope for the Scarlet Knights' rushing attack: sophomore Jawan Jamison.
Jamison ran for 90+ yards four different times this season, including a 200 yard, two touchdown performance in a 20-3 win against Cincinnati. It wasn't always consistent, but when Jamison got going good things happened for the Scarlet Knights. Schiano would prefer the run to set up the pass with his shaky quarterback situation, and the best chance he has is with Jamison.
The responsibility to keep Jamison in check will fall on Iowa State linebackers Jake Knott and A.J. Klein. The pair combined for 208 tackles this season, tied for the most of any other defensive duo in the Big 12. They will need to stuff the run early to force either Gary Nova or Chas Dodd into third and long situations. Then you can hope the turnover prone Scarlet Knights will slip up, giving Iowa State a chance to capitalize on the opportunity. But if Jamison can establish the run, he will give better coverage opportunities to All-Big East wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.
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