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              === Rutgers stays perfect with win over Syracuse ===
 
 Piscataway,  NJ  (Sports Network)  -  Gary  Nova threw  for  152  yards and  a
 touchdown  behind a  Scarlet Knights  defense that  forced four  turnovers, as
 No.  20 Rutgers  defeated the Syracuse Orange, 23-15, to keep their undefeated
 season alive.
 
 Khaseem  Greene was a monster defensively, registering 14 total tackles, 1 1/2
 sacks,  three  forced fumbles  and an  interception for  Rutgers (6-0, 3-0 Big
 East),  which is off  to its best start since 2006 and won its first six games
 for just the third time since 1976.
 
 Brandon  Coleman paced  all receivers with 104 yards on six grabs, while Tyler
 Kroft  caught Nova's touchdown pass for the Scarlet Knights. Jawan Jamison was
 held  under 100 yards  for the first time this season, but still registered 64
 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.
 
 Ryan  Nassib  threw for 356 yards  and a touchdown on 25-of-42 efficiency, but
 threw  two interceptions  and lost a fumble  in the second half for the Orange
 (2-4,  1-1), who lost  to the Scarlet Knights for the sixth time in their last
 eight meetings.
 
 Marcus  Sales hauled in four passes for 100 yards and Christopher Clark caught
 a 40-yard touchdown pass late in the defeat.
 
 Despite  a turnover-plauged second half, Syracuse had a chance to tie the game
 after  getting the ball back with just under three minutes to play, but Nassib
 was picked off by Brandon Jones, sealing the victory for Rutgers.
 
 "I  thought  our defense did a  nice job during  the whole course of the game,
 despite  being put  in some  very  difficult positions,"  Syracuse coach  Doug
 Marrone admitted. "Rutgers made the plays when they had to make plays."
 
 The  Orange  tied the game  at seven just before  halftime and were moving the
 ball well on their first possession of the second half.
 
 After  advancing to midfield, Nassib connected with Jarrod West for an 18-yard
 completion, but on 3rd-and-12 from the Rutgers' 20-yard line, the Orange chose
 to  run the  football to set up  32-yard field goal for Ross Krautman. But his
 kick  was blocked by  Jamal Merrell and recovered by Duron Harmon, who took it
 75-yards for the score to give Rutgers a 14-7 advantage.
 
 The  Syracuse offense stayed resilient and once again advanced the ball to the
 50-yard  line,  but Nassib was  sacked by Greene, who  forced the ball out and
 Rutgers'  Ka'Lial  Glaud recovered.  Nick Borgese  added a  field goal from 25
 yards out off the turnover to give Rutgers a 10-point lead.
 
 "The  game changed  significantly in the second half when he blocked the field
 goal for the touchdown and then kicked a field goal," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood
 said.  "Now you're  up 10  in  the second  half and  all  of a  sudden it's  a
 completely different game that you're in at that point."
 
 After  forcing a Rutgers three-and-out on its following possession, Steve Rene
 was  back to  receive the punt for  Syracuse, but he fumbled on the return and
 Greene pounced on it for Rutgers to set them up on the Syracuse's 14-yard line
 early in the fouth quarter.
 
 Three  plays  later, Nova threw a  pass near the  end zone to Tyler Kroft, who
 broke a tackle to cross the goal for a 12-yard score. Borgese missed the extra
 point, however, keeping Rutgers ahead 23-7.
 
 Greene  continuted to  haunt Syracuse on the following drive. Nassib completed
 passes to West and Lemon for 15 and 17 yards, respectively, to put Syracuse on
 the  opponent's 33-yard  line. However, Greene jumped infront of Nassib's pass
 three plays later and returned it 25 yards to the Orange's 49-yard line.
 
 Rutgers  did  nothing with the  good field position  and punted away, but once
 again got a big stop from the defense.
 
 After   allowing   three  completions  to  Sales   of  33,  17  and  27  yards
 consecutively,  the  Orange set themselves  up inside the Scarlet Knights' 10-
 yard  line. Even after  receiving a new set of downs after a pass interference
 call  on Kevin Snyder,  Syracuse was unable to punch it in as Nassib's pass on
 fourth down fell incomplete.
 
 Syracuse made it 23-15 on its following possession off a 40-yard completion to
 Clark with 4:19 to go in the game, but Nassib was picked off on the first play
 of the Orange's next touch.
 
 The  Scarlet Knights  struck first on a  1-yard rush by Jamison, capping a 10-
 play,  93-yard scoring  drive  that was  highlighted by  two  long catches  by
 Coleman.
 
 From  their  own 7-yard line,  Nova launched a deep  pass down the sideline to
 Coleman,  who hauled  it in  with  one hand  for  a 27-yard  gain. After  Nova
 scrambled  on  3rd-and-5 for  a first  down into  Syracuse territory, he fired
 again  down the  field to the sophomore receiver for a 43-yard completion down
 to  the 1-yard  line. Two plays later,  Jamison punched it in for the score to
 give Rutgers a 7-0 lead.
 
 On  its  third  possession  of  the game,  Syracuse  started  inside  Rutgers'
 territory, but came away with nothing.
 
 Punting  from  near  its  own  endzone, Rutgers'  Greene  was  flagged  for  a
 late hit on the return, placing Syracuse on the Scarlet Knights' 30-yard line.
 But  Greene redeemed  himself on the first play of the second quarter, sacking
 Nassib and stripping him of the ball. Syracuse recovered, but lost 11 yards on
 the  play, and  after running  on  third and  long, Krautman  attempted a  50-
 yard field goal for the Orange, but it sailed wide left.
 
 However,  after  making stops on  Rutgers' next two offensive possessions, the
 Orange tied the game just before halftime on a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive.
 
 Nassib  began  the march with  a 21-yard pass to  David Stevens and then found
 Alec  Lemon for  13 yards later on 3rd-and-4 to cross midfield. Stevens hauled
 in  another  pass, this one for  nine yards, before six straight running plays
 put  the Orange in  the end zone. Adonis Ameen-Moore took a handoff from three
 yards outside the goal and broke through the line for a touchdown with 1:32 to
 play until the half.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Saturday marks the final time that the two school will face each other as part
 of  the Big East. Syracuse leads the all-time series 30-12-1 but will join the
 ACC  in  2013 ... Rutgers  is 3-0  in the conference  for only the second time
 since  Big East  play began in 1991  ... With the victory, the Scarlet Knights
 are  bowl eligible  for the seventh time  in the past eight seasons ... Nassib
 became  the first  Syracuse quarterback to throw for over 300 yards four times
 in a season.
 
 10/13 21:05:27 ET