Posted November 02, 2013 on AP on Fox
Gary Nova threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Leonte Carroo on a fourth-and-10 play with 35 seconds to go to give Rutgers an improbable 23-20 victory over Temple on Saturday. The eight-play, 72-yard march with no time outs came a little more than a minute after linebackers Kevin Snyder and Steve Longa stopped Kenneth Harper for a 1-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 at the Scarlet Knights 27 to give them one last chance. Nova threw for 371 yards and three touchdowns, including the last two to Carroo as the Scarlet Knights (5-3, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) ended a two-game losing streak. He did not throw an interception after having seven in the two losses. Harper had put the Owls (1-8, 0-5) ahead 20-16 with a 25-yard run with 10:57 to play. True freshman P.J. Walker threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns in his return to New Jersey. Rutgers, which also got a 30-yard field goal from Kyle Federico, iced the game when converted receiver Ruhann Peele forced and recovered a fumble by Ryan Alderman in the closing seconds. Nova, who had to beat out Chas Dodd to get the start this week, hit 27 of 38 attempts. His other TD to Carroo covered 34 yards, which came one play after Jamal Merrell intercepted a pass. Fullback Michael Burton caught a 4-yard TD early in the third quarter as the Scarlet Knights closed a 13-3 halftime deficit to 13-9 after missing the extra point. Carroo finished with a career-best seven receptions for 147 yards. After Carroo's first touchdown gave Rutgers a 16-13 lead, Walker led Temple on a 62-yard drive that Harper capped with an untouched run into the end zone. Rutgers had a chance to retake the lead when it moved to the Owls 17, but Justin Goodwin fumbled and linebacker Blaze Caponegro recovered with 8:54 to go. The Owls then ran out most of the clock and would have won the game had not Snyder and Longa stopped Harper. Walker's touchdown passes covered 26 yards to Robby Anderson late in the first quarter and four yards to Harper just before halftime. After two three-and-outs to open the game, Walker hit all four of his passes for 65 yards on an eight-play 92-yard march that he capped with his 26-yarder to Anderson on a go pattern up the left sideline. The extra point by Nick Visco bounced off the upright. Rutgers should have taken the lead on its next series, after getting a first and goal inside the 1-yard, but a comedy of errors followed. There were consecutive procedure penalties and another call for 12 men in the huddle, putting the ball at the 16. Justin Goodwin lost five yards on a first down run and the Scarlet Knights eventually settled for a 30-yard field goal by Federico, cutting the Owls' lead to 6-3 with 11 minutes left in the half. Walker stretched the lead to 10 points with his play-action toss to a wide open Harper, who had 12 rushes for 49 yards. Federico missed a 40-yard field goal attempt just before halftime.

Nova, Carroo Lead Four-Quarter Escape

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers coach Kyle Flood yet again stuck with quarterback Gary Nova, and this time it paid off with a bounce-back performance against Temple. Nova’s 371 yards and three passing touchdowns led the Scarlet Knights to a comeback 23-20 victory after an ugly first half.

Flood decides to stay with Nova as Rutgers QB

Gary Nova is going to remain the quarterback for Rutgers. Coach Kyle Flood announced late Thursday that Nova will start Saturday against Temple despite poor performances in consecutive losses. Nova completed 7 of 15 attempts for 138 yards and threw three interceptions in a 49-14 loss to Houston last Saturday before being relieved by Chas Dodd in the third quarter. After the game... TV: Temple at Rutgers Aftermath

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers did not make it look easy but escaped with a 23-20 victory over Temple to end a losing skid. Thanks to late-game heroics from quarterback Gary Nova and receiver Leonte Carroo, the Scarlet Knights go into their final bye needing one more win for bowl eligibility.

Video Preview: Temple at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Quarterback Gary Nova retained his starting job this week and Rutgers could be down two more starters in the secondary against Temple. What does it mean and where do the Scarlet Knights stand? previews and predicts game eight.

DB Focus: Tejay Johnson & Jevon Tyree

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers is likely down two more starters in its defensive secondary going into kickoff against Temple. Sophomore Tejay Johnson and red-shirt freshman Jevon Tyree will have different roles Saturday in what will be a significant test for the defense. TV: Freshmen Stephenson & Goodwin

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers saw true freshmen play significant roles at cornerback and running back Saturday in the 23-20 victory over Temple. In the Rutgers locker room, Delon Stephenson and Justin Goodwin break down the highs, lows and learning experiences.

Zach Edwards: American (Defensive Player) of the Week, Plus Rutgers TV and Time

The first major honor of Zach Edward's UC career was handed down today. He was named the American Defensive Player of the Week after his standout performance against Memphis on Wednesday. Edwards made 11 tackles and had a huge fumble recovery that set up a score. He's been incredible all season long. Glad to see that he got noticed by the league. He deserves all the attention...
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