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Rutgers at Temple: Scarlet Knights improve to 7-0

The Scarlet Knights improved to 7-0 for just the third time in 36 years with their 35-10 win over Temple.

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Rutgers ranked No. 18 in latest AP Poll

The Scarlet Knights moved up to No. 18 in latest AP Poll

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Rutgers blasts Temple, 35-10

Rutgers improved to 7-0 on the season, after defeating the Temple Owls, 35-10.

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Rutgers leads Temple, 21-10

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights entered halftime trailing 10-0. After an offensive explosion in the third quarter, Rutgers currently leads the Temple Owls, 21-10, as the game enters its final quarter.

Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova threw three touchdown passes in the third quarter alone. Nova completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Timothy Wright early in the third quarter, cutting Temple's lead down to 10-7.

Midway through the third quarter, Nova completed another 32-yard touchdown strike, this time to Jawan Jamison, giving Rutgers their first lead of the day.

Nova has now completed 16-of-25 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw an interception.

Rutgers' defense has managed to slow down Temple's quarterback, Chris Coyer. After beginning the game 4-of-4, he is now 6-of-12 passing, with a touchdown and an interception.

After the explosive third quarter, Rutgers leads Temple in total yards, 333-191.

Rutgers will attempt to continue scoring in the fourth quarter, as they look to avoid the upset.

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Rutgers trails Temple at halftime, 10-0

The No. 15 Rutgers Scarlet Knights are officially on upset watch.

The Temple Owls currently lead Rutgers 10-0 at halftime, and have dominated the first half of play.

Temple put the game's first points on the board with 36 seconds left to go in the first quarter, when Chris Coyer threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Cody Booth, giving Temple a 7-0 lead. The Owls added a field goal with 1:10 left to go in the half.

Rutgers' offense has struggled against Temple's defense. Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova is just 5-of-12 passing for 56 yards in the first half. Nova has also thrown an interception. Jawan Jamison leads Rutgers in the ground game with nine carries for 41 yards.

Temple, meanwhile, has run the ball 26 times through the first half, gaining 81 yards. Montel Harris leads Temple with 14 carries for 50 yards.

Rutgers will receive the ball to start the second half, as the Scarlet Knights look to put some points on the board, and avoid continued talk of an upset.

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Temple leads Rutgers, 7-0

The Temple Owls currently lead the No. 15 Rutgers Scarlet Knights after the first quarter of play, 7-0.

Temple broke a scoreless tie with 36 seconds left to go in the first quarter, when quarterback Chris Coyer completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cody, capping off an eight-play, 46-yard drive to give Temple the 7-0 lead.

Rutgers' offense has been nonexistent through the first quarter. The Scarlet Knights have had the ball for just 2:49 of the game's first 15 minutes. Rutgers has just 23 total yards.

Temple, meanwhile, has had the ball for 11:51 – and has 115 total yards. Montel Harris leads all players with 10 carries thus far, and also has a game-high 44 rushing yards.

Rutgers has also been unable to stop Coyer. Coyer is a perfect 4-for-4 passing for 41 yards and a touchdown, and also has carried the ball seven times for 28 yards.

Rutgers has possession of the ball as the second quarter gets underway, and the Scarlet Knights will try to put together their first successful drive of the game.

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Rutgers At Temple: Getting To Know The Owls

With the Rutgers football team sitting atop the standings in the Big East after six weeks of football, there might be a bit of a rivalry budding between the Scarlet Knights and regional rival Temple, as they prepare to face off in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.

Just 65 miles apart, the Owls (2-0, 3-2) often overlap their recruiting efforts. The Scarlet Knights (3-0, 6-0) have been winning that competition in recent years.

This weekend though is a major opportunity for the Temple program, as they try to shake the stigma of a second-class program going through their consistent share of troubles.

Fresh off a 17-14 overtime victory over Connecticut last week, the Owls boast a strong running game, paced by senior Montel Harris, who holds the current record for 100-yard games among active players. Saturday's 124-yard, one touchdown performance, was Harris' 24th career 100-yard game.

"He certainly is an established player and has continued to do that," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said of the first-year Temple standout, who played three years at Boston College where he set the record for all-time rushing yards.

"In this offense because there are elements of option in the offense, you know, it creates one-on-ones for a guy like him and he's a make-you-miss back, much like the one we have," Flood added.

The senior's strong performance over the past five weeks of Temple's schedule have pushed the Owls to 50th among all teams in regards to rushing yards, averaging just over 176 yards every game.

More than Harris' performance on Saturday afternoon, the Owls found success and an undefeated league record, thanks to a major defensive stand.

Freshman linebacker Tyler Matakeich, who marked a game-high 19 tackles, posted his second straight game with double-digit take downs after recording 15 against USF in the game prior.

The Owls also posted their second straight game with a blocked fourth quarter field goal to secure a victory, a stat that doesn't always make the headlines, but one that has helped Temple secure their undefeated league victory.
With the status of Scarlet Knights kicker Kyle Federico still up in the air as of mid-week, the somewhat under-appreciated stat becomes all the more important in Rutgers game plan.

Following last week's victory, Temple stands at 43rd in the nation in points allowed per game, averaging 22.4 every time they take the field.

Saturday's matchup, with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field, offers Temple a major opportunity to seriously shake up the Big East standings, as well as a chance to boast their first victory over the Scarlet Knights since 2004 in a growing local rivalry.

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Rutgers battles Temple for Big East lead

With both Rutgers and Temple undefeated in conference play, the two face off on Saturday in a key Big East showdown.

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