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Bucs' Schiano, Eagles' Kelly have met before



Bucs coach Greg Schiano and Eagles coach Chip Kelly obviously meet for the first time as NFL head coaches on Sunday in Tampa, but the two longtime college coaches have met once before -- in 2004, when Schiano was head coach at Rutgers and Kelly was the offensive coordinator at I-AA New Hampshire.

The result may surprise you: New Hampshire pulled off a 35-24 upset at Rutgers, one of the low points in Schiano's early years with the Scarlet Knights, dropping him to a 9-28 record early in his fourth season. Rutgers -- with current Bucs running back Brian Leonard scoring a touchdown -- led 24-14 in the second half, but gave up the game's final 21 points in Schiano's second and final loss to a I-AA opponent. A week earlier, the Scarlet Knights had picked up one of Schiano's first big signature wins, against Michigan State.

Kelly had a redshirt freshman quarterback, Ricky Santos, who threw for 385 yards and five touchdowns, going 30-for-40 with one interception. Rutgers would finish 4-7 that season, but the next year would mark the team's first bowl game under Schiano, who would post a winning record in six of his final seven seasons. Kelly spent 14 seasons as a New Hampshire assistant, including eight as coordinator, before jumping to Oregon in 2007.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 10:38am]


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