Big East football roundup

No. 19 Rutgers 35, Temple 10

Gary Nova threw four touchdown passes in the second half to lead Rutgers to a comeback victory over Temple Saturday in the Big East Conference.

Jawan Jamison had 114 yards rushing and 81 receiving, Nova threw for 232 yards, and the Scarlet Knights (7-0, 4-0) rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit in their first game against Temple (3-3, 2-1) since the Owls were kicked out of the conference in 2004.

Held to just 110 total yards in the first 30 minutes, Rutgers was unstoppable in the second half. The Scarlet Knights scored on their first four possessions and racked up 271 yards.

Nova connected with Tim Wright on a 32-yard TD pass to cap a 75-yard drive and cut Temple's lead to 10-7.

Jamison then caught a short pass over the middle, broke a tackle, juked a defender, and ran into the end zone for a 32-yard TD catch that gave Rutgers a 14-10 edge.

Nova completed a pair of third-down passes to keep the 89-yard drive going, hitting Wright for 15 yards and Mark Harrison for 23.

Logan Ryan intercepted Chris Coyer's pass on Temple's ensuing possession and returned it 17 yards to the Owls 49. That set up Nova's 5-yard TD pass to Harrison that put Rutgers up 21-10.

Nova rolled to his right and threw back across his body to Harrison, who slid across the end zone to make the catch.

After Leonte Carroo blocked a punt to give Rutgers the ball at Temple's 26, Nova hit D.C. Jefferson on a 10-yard TD pass for a 28-10 lead.

Then Rutgers' defense joined in. Khaseem Green returned a fumble 20 yards for a TD that made it 35-10.

The Scarlet Knights are 7-0 for the second time in six seasons - and the fifth time since being credited with playing the first college football game 143 years ago.

The Owls were bidding for their first upset of a Top 25 team since 1998.

Facing the nation's second-ranked rushing defense - Rutgers came in allowing just 60.8 yards on the ground - Temple had 74 yards in the first quarter alone.

Coyer tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Cody Booth to give Temple a 7-0 lead late in the first. Coyer had two open receivers in the right corner of the end zone. The pass sailed over the head of running back Kenny Harper, who jumped and tipped it back. Booth slid in behind him and made a diving catch.

Brandon McManus booted a career-best 68-yard punt to the Scarlet Knights 6 late in the first half. He then kicked a 49-yard field goal to put Temple up 10-0.

A crowd of 35,145 was the third-largest for Temple at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles.

No. 21 Cincinnati 29, Toledo 23

Toledo's Bernard Reedy scored on a 91-yard kickoff return to lead the Rockets over Cincinnati, handing the Bearcats their first loss of the season.

Cincinnati (5-1) led just once, late in the third quarter, but Reedy quickly erased that with his third special teams touchdown in three weeks, putting Toledo up 26-20.

Toledo's defense stifled Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Lagaux and his high- powered offense, which had been averaging 37 points per game.

Cincinnati had one last chance, getting the ball with 42 seconds left. But Lagaux's second interception of the game ended any hope for the Bearcats.

Toledo's Jermaine Robinson took Lagaux's first interception for a 75-yard touchdown in the first half.

The Rockets (6-1) have now won six straight an after opening loss at Arizona.

Pittsburgh 20, Buffalo 6

Ray Graham and Rushel Shell each scored a touchdown rushing to help Pittsburgh snap a two-game skid with a win over Buffalo.

Graham had 74 yards rushing, while Shell had 35 yards rushing and a 41-yard catch as the Panthers' run attack regained its stride. Pitt (3-4) finished with 126 yards rushing, after combining for just 120 in its previous two games.

The Panthers, in their final season in the Big East Conference, avoided their first 2-5 start since 2001 and improved to 4-0 all-time against Buffalo, and 29-3 against Mid-American Conference opponents.


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