FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Gary Nova did his best to prove Rutgers is indeed for real. Nova was 25 of 35 passing for a career-best 397 yards and five touchdowns Saturday night to lead the Scarlet Knights to a 35-26 win over Arkansas.
The win secured Rutgers’ first 4-0 start since the 2006 season, and first-year coach Kyle Flood became the third coach in school history to start his career with that mark. The last was John Bateman in 1960.
Nova threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Coleman, who finished with six catches for 89 yards. Jawan Jamison had 33 carries for 118 yards for Rutgers. Tyler Wilson, returning after missing a loss to Alabama with a concussion, was 20-of-40 for 419 yards for Arkansas (1-3). Cobi Hamilton had 10 catches for a SEC-record 303 yards and three touchdowns for the Razorbacks.
MINNESOTA 17, SYRACUSE 10: Donnell Kirkwood rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns and the Minnesota defense showed it is no longer the pushover it has been for decades in beating visiting Syracuse. The Gophers held Syracuse’s pass-heavy, no-huddle offense to 350 total yards.
They forced four turnovers and Max Shortell threw for 231 yards in place of injured starter MarQueis Gray to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2008. Ryan Nassib threw for 228 yards and a touchdown for Syracuse (1-3), but he was intercepted twice and lost a fumble. The Orange also committed 10 penalties, including four false starts.
WESTERN MICHIGAN 30, UCONN 24: Alex Carder threw for 237 yards and a touchdown as the Broncos (2-2), from the Mid-American Conference, beat the Huskies of the Big East for the second straight year. Chandler Whitmer was 28-of-44 for 333 yards and three touchdowns for visiting Connecticut (2-2). Lyle McCombs added 119 yards rushing and Geremy Davis caught nine passes for 123 yards for the Huskies.
WAKE FOREST 49, ARMY 37: Michael Campanaro scored a career-best three touchdowns, and Wake Forest’s defense came up with a key fourth-quarter stop to beat visiting Army (0-3). Josh Harris ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns, Deandre Martin had 115 yards and two scores, and Tanner Price threw for 221 yards and two TDs for the Demon Deacons (3-1).
STONY BROOK 32, COLGATE 31: Miguel Maysonet carried 27 times for 198 yards, including the winning touchdown, as host Stony Brook overcame three costly turnovers to defeat Colgate. Maysonet rushed nine times for 53 yards on the winning drive by Stony Brook (3-1), which went 75 yards in 12 plays to regain the lead with 3:31 remaining.
FORDHAM 20, COLUMBIA 13: Carlton Koonce scored two touchdowns to lead host Fordham past Columbia. Koonce led the Rams with 250 yards rushing on 35 carries. With Fordham (3-1) trailing in the first quarter, Koonce took the handoff at the Fordham 8, and ran 92 yards to put the Rams up 7-3. Koonce added to the lead on the Rams’ next possession when he caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Higgins. Columbia (1-1) failed to score in the second half.
CORNELL 45, YALE 6: Jeff Mathews threw three touchdowns and Cornell scored 35 points in the first half of its 45-6 win over host Yale in the Ivy League opener for both. Cornell (1-1) snapped a two-game skid against Yale (1-1).