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No. 20 Rutgers faces Syracuse a final time

Associated Press Modified: October 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012
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Goggins is also looking forward to the final game with the Scarlet Knights and he expects it to be rowdy .

"This year, they're ranked, top 20 or something like that," Goggins said. "Just go out there and play fast and physical with them, show them we can play with them and they're not above us."

On the other side of the ball, Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib ranks in the top 20 nationally in completions per game (27.4), passing yards (1,552), passing yards per game (310.4) and total offense (327.8.

However, he will be facing the nation's second best run defense (60.6 yards) and a unit whose 10 interceptions is also second overall.

"They're really good," Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. "They fly around, they pressure, they play cover-2, they do a good mix. They really put a lot of stress on you by bringing a lot of people which causes you to make plays. The good thing is if you make plays, it's going to be a big one. If you don't, it'll probably be an incomplete or something like that. You've got to move on.

"There's not a lot of little gains there, like the 3-yard or 4-yard gains. They're going to come after you and if you can get something going, you've got a chance to make a lot of big gains in a row."

Rutgers has won five of the last seven meetings with the last two being decided by three points. If that's the case this season, the Scarlet Knights could be in trouble. Freshman placekicker Kyle Federico has been battling a lower body injury and his status for the game is iffy, at best.

Flood has a couple of options if Federico can't play. Nick DeLouisa, who missed an extra point in his first collegiate kick in the fourth quarter against Connecticut last weekend, and fellow walk-on Nick Borgese. The coach also had a tryout this week and added senior walk-on Joe Behnke to the roster.

"Kyle is Plan A," Flood said. "And everybody else is Plan B."