(Saturday, October 8th)
Final Score: Rutgers 34, Pitt 10
Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) - Gary Nova passed for 174 yards and two touchdowns and Rutgers forced four turnovers en route to a 34-10 win over Pittsburgh in Big East action at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Jawan Jamison and Savon Huggins combined for 86 yards rushing and a touchdown for Rutgers (4-1, 2-0 Big East), which moved into first place in the Big East.
Ray Graham had 165 yards rushing and one touchdown to lead Pitt (3-3, 1-1), which was held to a season-low 10 points and generated just 271 yards of total offense. Tino Sunseri finished 14-of-28 for 127 yards and three interceptions for the Panthers.
The two teams traded field goals in the first quarter, with Pitt striking first after Kevin Harper hit a 29-yarder on the Panthers' first drive of the game. Rutgers answered at the 6:06 mark of the stanza, as San San Te drilled a 50-yarder to knot the score at three.
San San Te hit another long attempt with 9:17 remaining in the second quarter, this time on a 44-yard attempt to give Rutgers a 6-3 lead.
Pitt inserted backup quarterback Trey Anderson into the lineup in the third quarter, and he was picked off by linebacker Steve Beauharnais deep inside Pitt territory. Three plays later, Rutgers extended its lead to 13-3 after Nova found Mark Harris for a six-yard touchdown pass.
Nova recorded his second touchdown pass on the day with just 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter, hitting Joe Martinek on a 60-yard touchdown pass that ballooned the lead to 17.
Pitt responded quickly on the following drive thanks to Graham, who sprung free for a 64-yard gain down to the Rutgers three-yard line, and plunged in for a score on the very next play to cut the Scarlet Knight's lead to 20-10 with 14:35 remaining in the game.
Set up by a 73-yard kick return from Jeremy Deering down to the Pitt 14-yard line, Savon Huggins rushed for a score from three-yards out to push the Rutgers lead to 27-10 with 13:06 remaining in the game.
The Scarlet Knights put an exclamation mark on the win with 5:26 remaining, when cornerback Logan Ryan intercepted Sunseri and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.
Rutgers entered the game tied for fourth nationally in sacks per game (3.5), and came away with six against Pitt.
10/08 21:55:35 ET