Rutgers overcame a 24-7 deficit late in the third quarter with 21 unanswered points to stun the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday night, picking up the 28-24 win at the Scarlet Knights' High Point Solutions Stadium.
Arkansas dominated the first 40-or-so minutes of the game on both sides of the ball. AJ Derby was moving the football down the field, and a trick touchdown pass from Jonathan Williams to Hunter Henry seemed to put the game on ice midway through the third.
Rutgers came storming back behind the arm of Gary Nova. The junior quarterback threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to give the Scarlet Knights the lead, and a couple of key stops from the defense prevented Arkansas from getting anywhere close to the end zone late.
Box Score Hero: Nova's huge second half led to him throwing for 346 yards and three scores, making for one of the better performances of his college career. As a team, Rutgers racked up 400 total yards. Arkansas had just 283.
On the flip side, Arkansas rushed for just 101 yards on 34 carries. That's only three yards per carry against a defense that has looked vulnerable at times early this season.
Rankings Ramifications: Rutgers didn't receive any votes in either poll leading up to the game, and while the win is certainly big for the program, it likely isn't enough to move them into the top-25 anytime soon.
But Did They Cover? The game was essentially a pick 'em, though some lines did have Rutgers as a one-point favorite prior to kickoff. They covered the spread.
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For more on Hogs football, visit Arkansas community Arkansas Expats, plus SEC community Team Speed Kills. For more on Scarlet Knights football, visit Rutgers community On The Banks, plus Big Ten community Off Tackle Empire.
Next Week's Schedule:
Arkansas: 9/28, Texas A&M, 7 p.m. ET
Rutgers: 10/5, @ SMU, Time TBD