NCAA Game Summary - Rutgers at SMU|
(Saturday, October 5)
Final Score: Rutgers 55, SMU 52 (3OT)
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Despite allowing SMU to score 21 unanswered
points in the fourth quarter to force extra sessions, the Rutgers Scarlet
Knights managed to outlast the Mustangs in triple overtime, 55-52, in an
American Athletic Conference shootout at Ford Stadium.
Justin Goodwin finished with 149 rushing yards, 73 receiving yards and three
touchdowns for Rutgers (4-1, 1-0 AAC), including the game-winning 17-yard
rushing score in the third extra session. Gary Nova was also outstanding,
completing 19-of-33 passes for 283 yards, contributing five touchdowns (one
rushing) paired with just one pick. Leonte Carroo (three receptions, 54 yards)
had a pair of touchdown catches, both of which came in the overtime periods.
For SMU (1-4, 0-1), Garrett Gilbert completed 45-of-70 passes for a school-
record 484 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also added
two rushing touchdowns to his historic performance. Benefiting most from
Gilbert's outing was Jeremy Johnson, who also had a monster afternoon with 18
receptions for 217 yards and three scores. Darius Joseph tallied 10 catches
for 40 yards and a touchdown, while JaBryce Taylor had 94 yards on just three
Rutgers got out to a quick 14-0 lead in the game's first nine minutes. Nova
started the scoring by rushing in a one-yard touchdown, then the defense got
involved by forcing a fumble deep in SMU territory, with Nadir Barnwell
recovering it in the end zone for a score.
The Scarlet Knights made it 21-0 early in the second quarter after Nova hooked
up with Goodwin on a 50-yard scoring strike.
SMU put a stop to Rutgers' run midway through the second quarter, as it capped
off a nine-play, 75-yard drive with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Gilbert to
The Mustangs continued to chip away at their deficit early in the third
quarter. After a Rutgers punt, Gilbert completed a 55-yard touchdown pass to
Keenan Holman on the first play of the drive to make it 21-14.
The Scarlet Knights ended the SMU threat less than four minutes later when
Nova's 10-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Croft put them back up by two
touchdowns. The visitors padded the lead with 1:18 remaining in the third on a
two-yard touchdown run by Goodwin.
SMU would not go away quietly, as Gilbert completed a nine-yard touchdown pass
to Johnson with 11:08 to play in regulation, but a failed PAT attempt kept its
deficit at 15.
The Mustangs inched closer later in the fourth when Gilbert tossed a six-yard
touchdown pass to Joseph. After forcing Rutgers to turn the ball over on downs
with under three minutes remaining, the home team drove 65 yards in just over
a minute, ending with a 13-yard scoring strike from Gilbert to Johnson. After
Gilbert completed the two-point conversion attempt to Johnson, the score was
tied at 35-35.
Rutgers was driving with a chance to win the game in regulation with under a
minute remaining, but Nova fumbled the ball back to SMU. Gilbert managed to
move the ball to the Rutgers 47-yard line but ran out of time before the
contest went to overtime.
In the first extra session, Gilbert started things off with a three-yard
scoring rush, which was answered by Rutgers with a four-yard touchdown pass
from Nova to Carroo. Carroo also scored to begin the second overtime, and SMU
countered with a one-yard rushing touchdown by Gilbert.
SMU was finally stalled on its third-overtime possession, settling for a 37-
yard field goal by Chase Hover. The Scarlet Knights took advantage as Goodwin
accounted for 30 rushing yards on the final drive, including the 17-yard game-
The teams combined for 1,032 total yards on the afternoon. Rutgers was able to
overcome a game-high nine penalties by converting 50 percent of its third down
10/05 17:37:50 ET