Boxscore
Rutgers 34, Pittsburgh 10
Saturday, October 8, 2011 3:30 PM
Location - High Points Solutions Stadium
Attendance - 46079

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Pittsburgh 3 0 0 7 10
Rutgers 3 3 14 14 34

Recap

True freshman Gary Nova threw two touchdown passes in his first career start and Rutgers is 2-0 in Big East play for the second time in 21 seasons after a 34-10 victory over visiting Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Cornerback Logan Ryan scored on a 45-yard interception return in the final quarter as the Scarlet Knights (4-1, 2-0) picked off four passes to continue a season-long takeaway trend while frustrating the Panthers (3-3, 1-1).

Rutgers has forced 22 turnovers, including 12 interceptions, while matching last season’s victory total.

Rutgers’ opportunistic nature was on display midway through the third quarter when linebacker Steve Beauharnais intercepted Pittsburgh’s Tino Sunseri and returned the ball nine yards to the Panthers’ 18-yard line. The interception set up Nova’s 6-yard scoring pass to Mark Harrison, which gave the Scarlet Knights a 13-3 lead.

Later in the quarter, Joe Martinek took a screen pass from Nova and rumbled 60 yards to make it 20-3.

Pittsburgh star Ray Graham finally broke loose on the first drive of the fourth quarter, breaking a 64-yard run and scoring from 3 yards out on the ensuing play. Graham finished with 165 yards.

The Scarlet Knights boosted the lead back to 17 points on a 3-yard scoring run by Savon Huggins.

Sunseri threw three of Pitt’s four interceptions.

San San Te kicked field goals of 50 and 44 yards as Rutgers took a 6-3 halftime lead.

The Scarlet Knights’ other 2-0 start in Big East play came in 2006.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 10:39
Pittsburgh   FG  Rutgers 0 - Pittsburgh 3
1st Quarter - 6:06
Rutgers   FG  Rutgers 3 - Pittsburgh 3
2nd Quarter - 9:17
Rutgers   FG  Rutgers 6 - Pittsburgh 3
3rd Quarter - 6:12
Rutgers   TD  Rutgers 13 - Pittsburgh 3
3rd Quarter - 0:24
Rutgers   TD  Rutgers 20 - Pittsburgh 3
4th Quarter - 14:35
Pittsburgh   TD  Rutgers 20 - Pittsburgh 10
4th Quarter - 13:06
Rutgers   TD  Rutgers 27 - Pittsburgh 10
4th Quarter - 5:26
Rutgers   TD  Rutgers 34 - Pittsburgh 10
TEAMS

Team Records

  Pittsburgh Rutgers
W/L 3 - 3 - 0 4 - 1 - 0
Conference 1 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Pittsburgh Rutgers
Score 10 34
First Downs 13 14
3rd Down Efficiency 2-for-14
14%
3-for-15
20%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 273 271
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 34-136 42-97
Average/Rush 4.0 2.3
Passing
Comp-Att 16-33 11-24
Passing Yards 137 174
Average/Pass Play 3.5 7.0
Penalties-Yards 9-54 6-35
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 4 0
Time of Possession 25:03 34:57

PLAYER STATS

Pittsburgh (3 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Sunseri 14/28 127 0 3
T. Anderson 2/5 10 0 1
Rutgers (4 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
G. Nova 11/24 174 2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Graham 24 159 6.6 1
T. Anderson 1 6 6.0 0
T. Sunseri 9 -29 -3.2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Jamison 21 44 2.1 0
S. Huggins 10 42 4.2 1
J. Deering 3 23 7.7 0
J. Martinek 1 1 1.0 0
G. Nova 2 -5 -2.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Saddler 4 36 9.0 0
A. Gonzalez 2 29 14.5 0
D. Street 3 26 8.7 0
R. Graham 2 19 9.5 0
R. Jones 1 11 11.0 0
Z. Brown 2 10 5.0 0
M. Shanahan 1 4 4.0 0
H. Graham 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Martinek 2 63 31.5 1
M. Harrison 2 34 17.0 1
M. Sanu 2 27 13.5 0
D. Jefferson 2 21 10.5 0
T. Wright 2 18 9.0 0
S. Huggins 1 11 11.0 0
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