(Saturday, October 15th)
Final Score: Rutgers 21, Navy 20
Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) - Gary Nova completed 23-of-31 passes for 271 yards with two touchdowns to lead Rutgers to a 21-20 victory over Navy at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Rutgers (5-1) also received a solid performance from Jawan Jamison, who rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, and Mohamed Sanu led the Scarlet Knights with 100 receiving yards on ten receptions.
Navy (2-4) welcomed Alex Teich back to the lineup after the starting fullback was suspended for last week's contest against Southern Mississippi. Teich led the team in rushing with 69 yards on 18 carries in his return, while quarterback Kriss Proctor ran for another 39 yards and a touchdown. Proctor completed five-of-12 passes for 106 yards, but also threw two costly interceptions.
After a scoreless first quarter, Rutgers delivered the first points of the contest when Jamison rushed one yard for a touchdown in the first minute of the second frame to give the Scarlet Knights a 7-0 lead.
Navy evened the score at seven with 8:35 remaining in the second quarter when Chris Ferguson intercepted a Nova pass and took it back 16 yards for a score. With four minutes remaining in the opening half, Proctor broke away for a 54-yard run to give the Midshipmen a 14-7 lead that served as the halftime score.
Navy added to its advantage just less than five minutes into the third with a 31-yard field goal by Jon Teague to push the lead to 17-7. Rutgers cut into the margin when Nova connected with Quron Pratt on a 10-yard touchdown pass that made it 17-14 with 3:07 left in the third quarter.
Rutgers reclaimed the lead early in the final quarter with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Nova to Tim Wright, which gave the Scarlet Knights a 21-17 advantage with 12:57 remaining.
Teague brought the Midshipmen closer with a 41-yard field goal with 7:52 left in the game that reduced Rutgers' lead to one. With 6:46 remaining, Teague lined up for a 34-yard field goal to put Navy ahead, but the try was blocked by Brandon Jones which sealed the 21-20 victory for Rutgers.
Rutgers posted 423 total yards to Navy's 305. Rutgers has won four straight, while Navy has dropped its last four.
10/15 18:55:56 ET