Schiano, Marrone get Big East reunion Sunday
There's no such thing as Big East football anymore, but Sunday's Bucs-Bills game is a reunion of sorts for Bucs coach Greg Schiano and first-year Bills coach Doug Marrone, who coached against each other from 2009-11 while at Rutgers and Syracuse, respectively.
The two have been good for some tight games in their short history against each other -- Marrone got the first two meetings, while Schiano rallied to win the third meeting in double overtime in 2009. Here's how the three games shake out:
2009: Syracuse's only Big East win in Marrone's debut season came against Rutgers, as Syracuse knocked off the No. 25 Scarlet Knights 31-13 in a lopsided win. Rutgers had won four in a row to enter the national polls, but Syracuse outgained Rutgers 259-82 in the first half with four sacks, eventually rolling to 424 yards while allowing only 130 and finishing with nine sacks.
2010: Marrone wins again, getting a 13-10 road victory on a field goal with just 1:07 left to make the Orange bowl-eligible for the first time in six years. For Rutgers, this came in the middle of what would be six straight losses to end the season in a 4-8 campaign.
2011: Schiano got his revenge in their final meeting, rallying for a tying touchdown with 2:09 left in regulation, then winning 19-16 in double overtime by getting a 47-yard field goal and then forcing a fumble in the second overtime.
The two had similar paths from their last job to the NFL, but different backgrounds before that -- Marrone, 49, spent seven years as an NFL assistant (including three seasons as Saints offensive coordinator) before returning to his alma mater in 2009. Schiano, 47, had spent his last 16 seasons in the college ranks before coming to the Bucs -- he had three years of NFL experience with the Bears from 1996-98.