Saturday, October 1, 2011
Final: Rutgers 19, Syracuse 16 (2OT)
By Andrea Adelson
San San Te missed a field goal that would have won it in regulation, but he made up for it with a 47-yarder in the second overtime to lift Rutgers over Syracuse 19-16.
Rutgers erased a 13-3 third-quarter deficit behind true freshman quarterback Gary Nova, who replaced an ineffective Chas Dodd after halftime. Though Nova was not perfect, he was able to chip away at that deficit, thanks in part to miscues from Syracuse. The game-tying touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu came after Rutgers blocked a Syracuse field-goal attempt. Rutgers actually returned that block for a touchdown but it was called back on a personal foul penalty on Steve Beauharnais.
That was just the way the game went. It was ugly on both sides. Syracuse had five turnovers -- and the game ended when Antwon Bailey had his second fumble of the game and Rutgers recovered. Ryan Nassib also threw an interception in the end zone in the third quarter with the Orange up 13-3 and trying to build on their lead. He threw another late in the fourth quarter from the Rutgers 37 as Syracuse was driving for a potential game-winning field goal.
Special teams had some let downs, too. The Orange had one missed extra point, one blocked field goal and a missed field goal as special-teams mistakes really added up.
But Rutgers was no better in the miscue department. The Scarlet Knights had four turnovers, three missed field goals, and eight penalties. Four of them were personal fouls. They struggled to run the ball once again, with five total rushing yards.
The game was far from pretty, but Rutgers will take the win. The Scarlet Knights have now equaled their league win total from last season. As for what happened at quarterback: Dodd was 14-of-32 for 166 yards and an interception. Nova was 14-of-24 for 122 yards and a touchdown. Now you have to wonder whether there is a quarterback controversy at Rutgers.