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(Saturday, September 1st)
Final Score: Rutgers 24, Tulane 12
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Jawan Jamison rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown to lead the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as they defeated the Tulane Green Wave, 24-12, in a non-conference battle at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Gary Nova completed 11-of-20 passes for 158 yards with one touchdown and interception for Rutgers (1-0), while Khaseem Greene led the defense with 14 total tackles and a sack. The Scarlet Knights' victory was the first-ever win for the program's new head coach, Kyle Flood.
Ryan Griffin led Tulane (0-1) by completing 34-of-48 passes for 254 yards with a single touchdown and interception. Ryan Grant led all receivers with 110 yards on six receptions, but the Green Wave complied just eight rushing yards as a team. Tulane was led in the loss by its first-year head coach, Curtis Johnson. Dating back to last season, the Green Wave have lost 11 games in a row, their longest losing slide since 1961-1963 when they lost 16 consecutive games.
After a scoreless opening period, Rutgers took control in the second quarter when Jamison broke away for a 46-yard touchdown run. Kyle Federico added an extra point to give the Scarlet Knights a 7-0 lead with just under 10 minutes left to play in the first half.
Tulane scored its first points of the season with 41 seconds left in the second frame as Cairo Santos connected on a 40-yard field goal. Following a 55-yard kick return by Jeremy Deering and a 34-yard reception by Jamison on a screen pass, Federico added three points for Rutgers with a 28-yard field goal to put the Scarlet Knights on top, 10-3, as the game progressed into the intermission.
Neither side managed to put points on the board in the third period, but the Green Wave narrowed the deficit early in the fourth quarter as Cairo made a 32-yard field goal which made the score, 10-6, with 14:52 left in regulation.
The Scarlet Knights' struck back as Brandon Jones returned an interception 14 yards for a score at the 11:57 mark of the fourth frame. Rutgers added some insurance near the midpoint of the quarter when Nova found Brandon Coleman for a 43-yard touchdown pass that gave the visitors a commanding 24-6 lead.
The Green Wave finally found the end zone with just more than five minutes left to play when Griffin passed it to a wide-open Rob Kelley for an 11-yard touchdown. Neither team managed to score again before time ran out.
Tulane was successful on 8-of-16 third down conversions, but it was penalized 11 times for 120 yards in the contest.
09/02 00:58:05 ET
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