The Rutgers football program is on pace for the first time since 2007 to rank among the bottom 10 nationally in total defense, according to the latest rankings from the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Scarlet Knights were No. 14 in total offense and No. 16 in scoring defense.

They have also ranked among the top five in the nation in total yards allowed, scoring defense and scoring defense efficiency.

At No. 4 in the league, Rutgers was tied for third in total points allowed and sixth in scoring.

Rutgers was also No. 8 in the country in scoring offense and sixth nationally in scoring efficiency.

Rutges defense has been a major focus for head coach Kyle Flood since he took over in 2016.

It has allowed the Terps to rank in the top three in the Big Ten in total touchdowns allowed (19), scoring defense (18) and scoring efficiency (25.6).

In total defense this year, Rutgers ranks No. 2 in the conference and No to 3 in the AP Top 25.

The Scarlet Knight defense has allowed a league-low 6.8 yards per play this season.

The defensive unit has given up 3,066 total yards and 6 touchdowns in two games this season, both against Maryland.

In two meetings with Maryland this season the Scarlet Knights defense has yielded 438 yards and seven touchdowns.

The defense has given away 7.6 yards per carry in each game.

The Scarlet Knights are averaging 4.8 rushing yards per game.

In total passing yards, Rutgers has averaged 617.5 and has scored 28 touchdowns.

Rutgers has thrown for 3,766 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Rushing offense is averaging 5.5 yards per rush.

The team is averaging 4,094 yards and 28 touchdowns in three games this year.

In all, Rutgers leads the nation with 7,566 total rushing yards and has rushed for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The rushing attack ranks eighth in the FBS in both rushing yards (3,735) and touchdowns (13).

Ruties offense ranks second nationally with 4,521 yards and 24 touchdowns.

In addition to the rushing attack, Rutgers is also giving up 3.4 sacks per game and has allowed 8.5 sacks.RUNNING BACKSThe Scarlet, Blue, and Gray running backs have combined for 5,821 yards on the ground this season with 471 rushing yards.

The running backs are averaging 1,724 yards on offense, good for third nationally.

The running backs average 3.6 YPC and 2.3 YPC in the run game.

The team is scoring a league high 41.7 points per game, which is good for fourth in the ACC and sixth most in the SEC.RUSHING BACKSTight end Taysom Hill is averaging 1.6 receptions for 29.5 ypc on the season and is tied for fourth nationally in receiving yards (1,878).

The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder has scored a total of 26 rushing touchdowns on the year and has three career 300-yard receiving games.

Hill was one of three running backs to rush for 100 yards and catch two touchdowns against Maryland in 2017.

The 6’4, 236-pound running back was named ACC Freshman of the Week on Sunday.

He caught five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown against the Terrapins.ROOKIE OF THE WEEKT.

JUCO transfer Chris Conley was named the team’s rookie of the week on Saturday after rushing for five touchdowns and setting a school record with 477 yards rushing.

Conley was the only running back on the roster to reach double-digit rushing yards, with his six-yard run against Maryland breaking the NCAA record for longest rush.

The freshman was the third player in school history to score 100 or more rushing yards against Maryland, joining the late Jerry Blevins (1995) and John Sperling (2002).

Conley has rushed seven times for 56 yards against the Scarlet’s defense, including two touchdowns and a 55-yard touchdown run against the Ravens in Week 2.

He has also scored three times on kick returns.CONLEY is currently tied for first nationally in career receptions with 16, which includes nine grabs for 104 yards against Rutgers.

Convey also has 10 catches for 142 yards on punt returns, which ranks eighth nationally.

The freshman has also recorded nine punt returns for 109 yards against UMass this season.(Photo: Getty Images)

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