Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 10/23/14
The Rutgers football program underwent a lot of changes this year starting with new head coach Kyle Flood, renewed confidence and a return to a national ranking.

On Saturday, the Scarlet Knights will debut their new all-black look as part of what the university has designated a "blackout game." Fans are being encouraged to wear all black as well, reports The Star Ledger.

The black pants and jerseys accented with red stripes still have the familiar Rutgers "R" on each of the "scarred" helmets.

Two weeks ago, the No. 22-ranked Rutgers squad (4-0) defeated Arkansas in what many fans are calling the biggest win for Rutgers since the Greg Schiano coached team upset undefeated Louisville in 2006.   Quarterback Gary Nova had the bast game of his college career by throwing for 397 yards and 5 touchdowns against the SEC power.

Flood's team will look more like the Black Knights when Connecticut rolls into High Point Solutions Stadium this Saturday for a Big East showdown.  A big change from Rutgers usual red unis.  It's one of a trio of new uniforms the team unveiled earlier this year.

"I love all three versions of our uniforms," Flood said.  "Most important, I guess to me is the reaction from the recruits and the players.  I think our players like it.  I think they enjoy wearing the black uniforms.  I think that's probably more important than my personal taste."

Nova said the change in appearance "is probably a bigger deal for the fans than the players."

"It's something different," he said.  "It's always fun to do something like this.  So I think everyone is looking forward to it."

Rutgers officials are expecting a near sellout at Rutgers' 52,454-seat stadium.  Students have already claimed a record 11,000-plus tickets.


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