Rutgers' run defense is among the best in the nation, and is one reason the Scarlet Knights are unbeaten this late in a season for the first time in six years.
Kent State's ground game, meanwhile, has it on the verge of its longest single-season winning streak in 72 years.
The No. 18 Scarlet Knights will try to avoid becoming the latest Big East team to fall victim to a Mid-American Conference opponent as they host the upset-minded Golden Flashes on Saturday.
Rutgers (7-0) allows 69.1 rushing yards per game, tying Florida State for second in the nation. The Scarlet Knights have yielded only two rushing touchdowns, and haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 11 games.
The defense dominated in nearly every facet in last weekend's 35-10 win over Temple, surrendering 191 total yards - 72 rushing - while forcing three turnovers.
Rutgers is 7-0 for the first time since winning its first nine games of 2006.
"I think what you see is a defense that's very stingy," said coach Kyle Flood, who is ...