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Gary Nova throws TD pass to Carroo with :35 to play to give Rutgers 23-20 win over Temple

  • Temple running back Kenneth Harper (20) dives for yardage over Rutgers defensive back Tejay Johnson (9) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Temple running back Kenneth Harper (20) dives for yardage over Rutgers defensive back Tejay Johnson (9) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft (86) dives for yardage as he is tackled by Temple defensive back Abdul Smith (21) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft (86) dives for yardage as he is tackled by Temple defensive back Abdul Smith (21) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rutgers defensive back Delon Stephenson (27) tackles Temple quarterback P.J. Walker (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Rutgers defensive back Delon Stephenson (27) tackles Temple quarterback P.J. Walker (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

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.