Scores

Final

Navy 20

(2-4)

Rutgers 21

(5-1, 2-0 Big Ten)

2:00 PM ET, October 15, 2011

High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
NAVY 0 14 3 320
RUTG 0 7 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: G. Nova (RUTG) - 271 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Jamison (RUTG) - 22 CAR, 101 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Sanu (RUTG) - 10 REC, 100 YDS

Rutgers blocks Navy's late FG to win 4th straight

Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Brandon Jones blocked a go-ahead 34-yard field goal attempt by Jon Teague with 4:43 to play and Rutgers won its fourth straight game, a 21-20 victory over struggling Navy on Saturday.

Freshman Gary Nova threw two touchdown passes and Jawan Jamison rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown as the Scarlet Knights (5-1) continued their best start since 2006 by sending Navy (2-4) to its fourth straight loss, the Mids' longest losing skid since 2002.

Nova threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Quron Pratt late in the third quarter and a go-ahead 20-yarder to Tim Wright early in the fourth quarter in rallying the Scarlet Knights from a 17-7 second-half deficit.

Navy's Chris Ferguson scored on a 16-yard interception return and quarterback Kriss Proctor scampered almost untouched on a 54-yard touchdown run in the first half. Teague kicked a 41-yard field goal to get the Mids within a point with 7:52 to play, and an interception and return to the Scarlet Knights 23 by linebacker Caleb King had Navy in position to take the lead. But Jones came untouched off the right end to block the kick.

Navy got the ball back at its 23-yard line with 24 seconds to play after Rutgers botched a field goal attempt, but the Mids never threatened.

Nova finished 23 of 31 for a career-best 271 yards. He also played like a freshman at times, throwing the pick-six and then making another bad toss to give Navy a chance to win the game late.

Rutgers' defense, which came into the game tied nationally for getting the most turnovers, picked off two more passes -- Jones got one -- to push its total to 24. The unit also limited the Mids to 162 yards rushing, well off their 366-yard average, which led the nation.

Proctor was 5 of 12 passing for 106 yards for Navy on a windy day which limited passing on one end of the field. Alexander Teich led Navy with 69 yards on 18 carries.

Down 17-7 midway through the third quarter, Rutgers caught a break when Patrick Kivlehan intercepted a Proctor pass that twice bounced off the hands of Navy receiver Brandon Turner and off the leg of Jones before the senior caught it for his first career pick.

Nova needed just six plays to cover the 52 yards, hitting Pratt on third-and-4.

After holding Navy without a first down on its next series, Rutgers went 66 yards in eight plays. Nova hit fullback Joe Martinek for 16 on the first play and 15 to Jamison on the second down against a Navy defense that rebounded well after giving up 63 points last week. His touchdown pass to Wright came on a third-down play on which he got great protection and was able to get his pass just over the hands of linebacker Matt Warrick to Wright in the middle of the end zone.

Navy turned two huge first-half plays into touchdowns in taking a 14-7 lead.

Ferguson, who forced a fumble near the goal line to end Rutgers' second drive, intercepted an ill-advised pass by Nova midway through the second quarter and trotted into the end zone to tie the game at 7.

The pick came just two plays after linebacker Steve Beauharnais and safety David Rowe stopped Proctor for a 2-yard loss on a fourth-and-goal from inside the 1.

Proctor gave Navy the lead with 4:00 left in the half with a 54-yard run on an option keeper. The score came just two plays after Nova couldn't connect with a wide-open Mark Harrison and the Scarlet Knights failed to convert a fourth-and-4 from the Mids 32.

Jamison had given Rutgers a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter on a 1-yard run.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NAVY
RUTG
1st Downs1522
Total Yards305423
Passing143271
Rushing162152
Penalties0-04-30
3rd Down Conversions4-127-14
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers23
Possession27:1932:41

Passing Leaders

NavyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Proctor5/121068.802
RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nova23/312718.722

Rushing Leaders

NavyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Teich18693.8014
Proctor15392.6154
RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jamison221014.6113
Martinek44411.0021

Receiving Leaders

NavyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Howell14040.0040
Proctor13737.0037
RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanu1010010.0021
Harrison24422.0023

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERNAVYRUTG
TD14:28Jawan Jamison 1 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 07
TD08:35Chris Ferguson 16 Yd Interception Return (Jon Teague Kick) 77
TD04:00Kriss Proctor 54 Yd Run (Jon Teague Kick) 147
THIRD QUARTERNAVYRUTG
FG10:28Jon Teague 31 Yd 177
TD03:07Quron Pratt 10 Yd Pass From Gary Nova (San San Te Kick) 1714
FOURTH QUARTERNAVYRUTG
TD12:57Tim Wright 20 Yd Pass From Gary Nova (San San Te Kick) 1721
FG07:52Jon Teague 41 Yd 2021