Sep 22, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Gary Nova (15) looks to pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first quarter at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Rutgers At Arkansas: Scarlet Knights Remain Unbeaten, Defeat Razorbacks, 35-26

Behind a career-best performance from quarterback Gary Nova, Rutgers earned a hard-fought road victory, 35-26, over Arkansas.

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Rutgers Vs. Arkansas Final Score: Scarlet Knights Edge Razorbacks, 35-26

Gary Nova tossed for a career high 397 passing yards and five touchdowns Saturday to propel the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights past the Arkansas Razorbacks, 35-26, at Razorback Stadium. The victory helped Rutgers improve to 4-0, while the Razorbacks fell to 1-3.

The Scarlet Knights' solidifying score came on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Nova to wide receiver Mark Harrison, giving Rutgers a nine-point edge with 7:20 remaining in the game. The score snapped a streak of 12 unanswered points by the Razorbacks, who had cut the Scarlet Knights' lead to 28-26 with 8:19 to go in the fourth.

After Rutgers' final touchdown, Arkansas had a chance to respond, but quarterback Tyler Wilson was picked off by Rutgers' defensive back Duron Harmon on the drive's first play. From there, the Scarlet Knights' offense was able to drain the remaining 3:29 off the clock using running back Jawan Jamison, who ran the ball five times and was able to pick up a game-ending first down.

Overall, Nova completed 25 of 35 passes and didn't throw an interception to outduel Wilson, who finished 20-for-39 for 419 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions.

Jamison rushed for his fifth straight 100-yard game, as he finished with 118 yards on 33 carries. Wide receiver Brandon Coleman caught a team-high six passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns for Rutgers. Harrison finished with four catches and 87 yards to help the Scarlet Knights cover the 8-1/2-point spread and easily make the over/under (50-1/2 points).

Meanwhile, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton was Arkansas' lone bright spot, as he finished the game with 10 catches for 303 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Next week, Arkansas visits the Texas A&M Aggies, while Rutgers has a week off.

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Rutgers Vs. Arkansas Score: Scarlet Knights Take 28-13 Lead Into 3rd Quarter

Two more touchdowns in the third quarter have helped the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights take a 28-13 lead over the Arkansas Razorbacks in a non-conference showdown that has reached the end of the third quarter.

Rutgers' sophomore quarterback Gary Nova has been sharp, completing 20 of 29 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Brandon Coleman has caught two of Nova's touchdown throws, the last giving the Scarlet Knights (3-0) a 21-10 lead with 10:33 to go in the third quarter.

After Arkansas tacked on a field goal -- a 27-yarder from kicker Zach Hocker -- Nova, again, led a long touchdown drive that ended with a two-yard reception by Paul Carrezola. The score ended a seven-play, 75-yard march that ended with 2:24 to go in the third quarter.

So far, Rutgers is making a living on long scoring drives, as all of them have been 60 yards or more.

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Rutgers Vs. Arkansas Score: Scarlet Knights Lead Razorbacks, 14-10, At Halftime

A pair of second-quarter passing touchdown from sophomore quarterback Gary Nova has helped the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights take a 14-10 lead over the Arkansas Razorbacks in a non-conference showdown that has reached the conclusion of the first half.

Rutgers' go-ahead score was a 19-yard reception by Brandon Coleman, who caught a nice lob pass from Nova in the end zone. Coleman's fourth touchdown of the season capped off a six-play, 60-yard drive that ended with just under two minutes to go in the half.

Running back Jawan Jamison has Rutgers' other touchdown reception, a 10-yarder that came during the first possession of the second quarter.

Arkansas tallied a field goal and touchdown in the first quarter. Wide receiver Cobi Hamilton scored the game's first touchdown as he caught a pass from quarterback Tyler Wilson and ran 57 yards into the end zone. Arkansas kicker Zach Hocker opened the scoring with a 37-yard field goal that polished off the game's opening drive.

Wilson has completed 9 of 17 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown, while Rutgers' Nova has about matched him tossing for 150 yards on 12 of 17.

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Rutgers-Arkansas Score Update: Razorbacks Lead Scarlet Knights, 10-0, After 1st Quarter

A 57-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Cobi Hamilton from quarterback Tyler Wilson and a 37-yard field goal by Zach Hocker has helped the Arkansas Razorbacks earn a 10-0 lead over the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a non-conference contest that has reached the conclusion of the first quarter.

Hamilton's 15th career receiving touchdown came with just 18 seconds to go in the quarter and ended a small two-play, 61-yard drive that last just 51 seconds. The score came after the Arkansas defense held Rutgers to a three-and-out possession.

Hocker's field goal capped the Razorbacks game-opening drive that went 55 yards in six plays.

The Scarlet Knights (3-0) had a shot to get on the scoreboard, but kicker Kyle Federico missed a 46-yard field goal on Rutgers' second offensive drive of the game.

Already, Hamilton has 138 receiving yards on just four catches, while Wilson has completed 7 of 11 passes for 151 yards. Arkansas leads Rutgers in total yardage, 176 to 55.

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Rutgers At Arkansas Preview: Game Time, TV, Streaming, Injury Updates And More

There are a lot of things riding on this evening's Rutgers game against Arkansas.

Aside from the national audience - the game is being broadcast on ESPNU with kickoff scheduled for 7:02 p.m. - in the Scarlet Knights' first-ever meeting with the Razorbacks, a victory here gives the Rutgers squad their first 4-0 start since 2006 and an opportunity to gain legitimate national notoriety.

Coming off a solid 23-13 victory over USF last Thursday, the Scarlet Knights have had a long nine days to prepare for their matchup against a reeling Arkansas team.

Following a 49-24 triumph over Jacksonville State in the first week of the season, the Razorbacks became the butt of an upset joke as Lousiana-Monroe topped them 34-31 in overtime.

Another loss to SEC rival last week and suddenly Arkansas finds themselves out of the national rankings and facing a 1-2 record going into their game with Rutgers tonight.

"Yeah, I don't know, per se, what the mood is in their locker room," said Rutgers coach Kyle Flood. "I'm sure their approach would be much like ours, they want to be 1-0 this week."

With so much going wrong for the Razorbacks, the Scarlet Knights are hoping to take advantage of the miscues, as they try to extend a well rounded offensive showing from last week's league victory.

For the first time all season, Rutgers not only ran the ball well, paced by sophomore back Jawan Jamison, but found a consistent passing game in first-year starting quarterback Gary Nova.

Expect the Scarlet Knights to give Nova almost complete control of the offense, as the sophomore continues to gain confidence with each snap.

On the injury side of the ball, Rutgers will most likely be without sophomore running back Savon Huggins, who did not practice earlier this week. Should Huggins be held out of this evening's matchup, expect Jamison to rack up another 40+ carries in this game.

"I absolutely think he could do it and I think certainly playing the ten-day window hopes a little bit," Flood said of Jamison's potential back-to-back rushing dominance.

For the Razorbacks there is a bit of relief this weekend from the myriad of missteps thus far this season; senior quarterback Tyler Wilson has been officially cleared for the start tonight.

After missing last week's game, Wilson's return might just be the spark Arkansas needs in order to compete. In his first two games, Wilson 563 yards in the air with just one interception and five touchdown passes.

"So that's very exciting," said Arkansas coach John L. Smith. "We're thankful that he i (playing)s. I know our football team is excited about that, as are we as coaches, and I know the fans will be excited as well. The players are fired up about having him out there and bringing that energy and being that vocal person that we need."

As of Saturday morning the line for tonight's matchup gave a 10-point edge to Arkansas, but there's more than just bets on the line for both of these teams.

Each squad needs this win, so expect a solid effort on both sides of the ball, and the chance to go one up on the other in the prospective beginnings of a brand-new rivalry.


Rutgers At Arkansas: Getting To Know The Razorbacks

The Arizona Razorbacks have a bit of a chip on their shoulder this weekend.

After coming off a blowout 52-0 loss to top-ranked Alabama last Saturday, the Razorbacks (1-2, 0-1) are anxious to prove they aren’t quite as much of a disappointment as they’ve been made out to be.

"Everyone had good energy and a lot of fire," Arkansas coach Paul Petrino said after practice on Tuesday. "It is kind of like a new beginning. We are going to start over and move on from this point and start winning."

The Razorbacks were without senior quarterback Tyler Wilson, whose outlook for this weekend’s game isn’t positive either, and the missing link showed on the field.

Freshman quarterback Brandon Allen made a solid attempt to fill in for Wilson, last season’s first team All-SEC quarterback, going 10-of-18 in the air for 60 yards and two interceptions.

With Wilson’s return on Saturday still somewhat questionable, Arkansas will be depending on their rushing game in the matchup with Rutgers, which accounted for 58 of the squad’s 137 total yards last week.

The loss was the first in Razorback Stadium for Arkansas since a fourth-quarter drop against Alabama two years ago. It was also the first shutout for the Razorbacks since a 28-0 loss to LSU in 2005 and the first shutout loss at home since 1996.

The offensive stall is exactly what the Razorbacks are hoping to turn around when they line up against the Rutgers squad on Saturday afternoon.

Of course, they’ll have to get past the Scarlet Knights defense first; a defense that has let up minimal points in a season-long gritty performance on the grid iron.

"They haven't given up many points," Petrino said. "They have kept people from making big plays, but I think we have a real good plan. That is the key; we know have to go out during the game and execute."


Rushing Leader: Knile Davis (54 carries, 191 yards, 3.5 yards per carry)
Passing Leader: Tyler Wilson (30-of-47, 5 TDs, 1 INT, 563 yards)
Receiving Leader: Chris Gragg (17 receptions, 226 yards, 2 TDs, 13.3 yards per reception)


Sep 01, 2012 Jacksonville State W 49-24
Sep 08, 2012 at ULM L 31-34
Sep 15, 2012 No. 1 Alabama L 0-52

-- See On The Banks for more about Rutgers and Arkansas Expats for anything you need to know about the Razorbacks.


Rutgers At Arkansas: Scarlet Knights Meet Razorbacks

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Arksans on the gridiron for the first time in either program's history. With the Razorbacks reeling from a 52-0 loss against Alabama last week, Rutgers is primed for their first 4-0 start since 2006.

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