|Date of game: 9/20/2014
Recap: Navy vs. Rutgers
Annapolis, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Gary Nova threw for 151 yards and rushed for two touchdowns, as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights topped the Navy Midshipmen, 31-24, in non-conference play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Nova completed 11-of-14 pass attempts for the Scarlet Knights (3-1). Justin Goodwin and Paul James each scored rushing touchdowns, tallying 110 and 96 yards on the ground, respectively.
Keenan Reynolds threw for 231 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-22 passing for the Midshipmen (2-2), and he also ran for two touchdowns. Jamir Tillman had 99 yards receiving on five catches, while Brendan Dudeck accumulated 45 yards and a touchdown on three grabs.
After Rutgers fumbled on its opening drive, Navy capitalized on good field position, with Reynolds running it into the end zone from a yard out a minute later to open the scoring.
Ten minutes later, James rushed 38 yards for a score, tying it up at 7-7.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Rutgers took the lead on a 21-yard field goal by Kyle Federico.
Later in the quarter, Nova extended the Scarlet Knights' lead on a one-yard QB sneak for the score, making it 17-7.
With four minutes left before halftime, Reynolds ran seven yards for his second touchdown of the afternoon, cutting the deficit to 17-14.
In the final minute of the half, Goodwin rushed three yards for a touchdown, taking the Knights out to a 24-14 lead.
Just over two minutes into the second half, Nick Sloan converted a 35-yard field goal for the Midshipmen, making it 24-17.
Midway through the third quarter, Nova kept the ball for a one-yard touchdown score, pushing the Scarlet Knights out to a 31-17 lead.
With under six minutes to play in the game, Reynolds completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dudeck, making it 31-24.
Inside the final minute of the game, the Midshipmen got as far as the Rutgers 6-yard line, but the drive stalled out as Reynolds threw two incomplete passes and was sacked twice.
Rutgers held nearly 36 minutes of possession time thanks in large part to its success on third down (8-of-14).Game Notes