Rutgers 55

(4-1, 1-0 Big Ten)

SMU 52

(1-4, 0-1 American)

12:00 PM ET, October 5, 2013

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 OT T
RUTG 14 7 14 0 2055
SMU 0 7 7 21 1752

Top Performers

Passing: G. Gilbert (SMU) - 484 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: J. Goodwin (RUTG) - 24 CAR, 149 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Johnson (SMU) - 18 REC, 217 YDS, 3 TD

Rutgers edges SMU in triple OT in first AAC meeting

Associated Press

DALLAS -- Rutgers freshman Justin Goodwin's 17-yard touchdown run gave the Scarlet Knights a 55-52 victory over SMU in three overtimes Saturday.

The Knights survived SMU's rallies from two 21-point deficits in the first game in the new American Athletic Conference for both Rutgers (4-1 overall) and the Mustangs (1-4).

SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert led the comeback with a career-high five touchdown passes. He added a game-tying 2-point conversion pass with 1:19 remaining in regulation, two rushing touchdowns in overtime and a Mustangs-record 484 passing yards.

Rutgers matched Gilbert's overtime scores with two touchdown passes to Leonte Carroo from Gary Nova, who totaled four scoring passes and a rushing touchdown.

In the third overtime, the Knights held SMU to five yards on the first three plays. Head coach June Jones chose to have Chase Hover attempt a 37-yard field goal, which gave the Mustangs a 52-49 lead.

Goodwin came off the bench to score three touchdowns and account for 222 yards from scrimmage. The true freshman from Summit, N.J., had played in only two of Rutgers' first four games, carrying 7 times for 44 yards.

Goodwin entered on the Knights' second offensive series to catch a pass from Nova for 23 yards. After that, Goodwin totaled 149 yards and two touchdowns in 24 carries, and two catches for 73 yards and a TD.

The Knights rolled up a 14-0 first-quarter lead with a 20-mile-per-hour wind at their backs. None of SMU's five possessions in the first quarter began farther out than the 21 yard line; the average was the 13.

The Mustangs controlled the ball for 9:03 in that quarter, and equaled Rutgers' 85 yards of offense but were unable to cross midfield and trailed 14-0.

The Knights' second touchdown came when SMU, backed up to its 9 yard line, botched a snap and Rutgers' Nadir Barnwell recovered the ball in the end zone.

Under duress, the Mustangs made their comeback going into that same wind.

Gilbert completed 45 of 71 passes with no interceptions. Three of his scoring passes went to Jeremy Johnson, who set an SMU record with 217 receiving yards on 18 catches. Darius Joseph scored on a 6-yard pass and Gilbert threw a 55-yarder to Keenan Holman on the Mustangs' first offensive play of the second half.

Rutgers built its lead up to 35-14 before the Mustangs scored three touchdowns in the final 11:08.

Because kicker Chase Hover missed a point after, SMU had to go for a 2-pointer to tie the game. Gilbert scrambled back behind the 20-yard line to the right sideline and threw all the way across the field to Johnson in the back of the end zone for the tying points.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2223
Total Yards474558
3rd Down Conversions9-189-23
4th Down Conversions2-34-6

Passing Leaders

Southern MethodistC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT

Rushing Leaders

Southern MethodistCARYDSAVGTDLG

Receiving Leaders

Southern MethodistRECYDSAVGTDLG

Scoring Summary

TD11:03Gary Nova 1 Yd Run. (Kyle Federico Kick) 70
TD06:44Nadir Barnwell 0 Yd Fumble Return. (Kyle Federico Kick) 140
TD12:04Justin Goodwin 50 Yd Pass From Gary Nova. (Kyle Federico Kick) 210
TD08:06Jeremy Johnson 21 Yd Pass From Garrett Gilbert. (Chase Hover Kick) 217
TD11:57Keenan Holman 55 Yd Pass From Garrett Gilbert. (Chase Hover Kick) 2114
TD08:24Tyler Kroft 10 Yd Pass From Gary Nova. (Kyle Federico Kick) 2814
TD01:18Justin Goodwin 2 Yd Run. (Kyle Federico Kick) 3514
TD11:08Jeremy Johnson 9 Yd Pass From Garrett Gilbert. (Pat Failed) 3520
TD03:38Darius Joseph 6 Yd Pass From Garrett Gilbert. (Chase Hover Kick) 3527
TD01:19Jeremy Johnson 13 Yd Pass From Garrett Gilbert. (Garrett Gilbert Pass To Jeremy Johnson For Two-Point Conversion) 3535
TDGarrett Gilbert 3 Yd Run. (Chase Hover Kick) 3542
TDLeonte Carroo 4 Yd Pass From Gary Nova. (Kyle Federico Kick) 4242
TDLeonte Carroo 29 Yd Pass From Gary Nova. (Kyle Federico Kick) 4942
TDGarrett Gilbert 1 Yd Run. (Chase Hover Kick) 4949
FGChase Hover 37 Yd 4952
TDJustin Goodwin 17 Yd Run. 5552