Instant analysis: Rutgers 23, USF 13
September, 13, 2012
By Matt Fortuna | ESPN.com
Rutgers broke a 13-13 tie late in the fourth quarter to defeat South Florida 23-13 and go to 1-0 in the Big East. Here's a quick look at how it went down in Tampa, Fla.
It was over when: Jawan Jamison rushed for a 41-yard touchdown with 1:19 left, putting Rutgers ahead 23-13. Jamison had a pretty spin move after breaking through the line, and he went untouched the rest of the way. South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels had misfired on a fourth-and-3 throw with 2:13 left, giving Rutgers (3-0) the ball back with a three-point lead.
Game ball goes to: Jamison rushed it a school-record 41 times for 151 yards and had the game-sealing touchdown, giving him 100-plus yards in all three games this season and four in a row dating back to 2011. Jamison now has 373 rushing yards on the season.
Stat of the game: USF (2-1, 0-1 Big East) turned the ball over four times, with three coming from Daniels interceptions. His pick in the end zone -- intercepted by Rutgers' Wayne Warren -- proved very costly, as USF was at the 5-yard line and threatening to tie the game at 13 late in the third quarter.
What Rutgers learned: Coach Kyle Flood got a big road win in his first conference test. The Scarlet Knights had success passing the ball, with Gary Nova throwing for 277 yards and Tim Wright catching nine balls for 125 yards. There's no reason to think Rutgers can't contend for the conference crown.
What USF learned: So much for building off last week's comeback at Nevada. The Bulls fell to 0-9 in Thursday-night games, losing a key home contest to another preseason Big East contender. Daniels, who looked so promising last week against the Wolf Pack, completed only 15 of 33 throws for 242 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions.