My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Rutgers’ 35-10 victory Big East over Temple on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field:
Player of the game: Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova looked like he was participating against seventh-graders in a 7-on-7 drill. The sophomore threw touchdowns on the Scarlet Knights’ first four second-half possessions. His fourth scoring pass – a 10-yard to D.C. Jefferson – gave Rutgers an 18-point advantage with 11 minutes, 41 seconds remaining. Nova completed 17 of 27 passes for 232 yards and the four touchdowns. He produced 176 of those yards on 12-for-14 passing during the four straight TD drives.
West performance of the game: How can you not give this award to Temple quarterback Chris Coyer? The redshirt junior lost two fumbles and threw an interception in the Owls’ biggest game of the year. He completed 7 of 14 passes for 65 yards. Seven of his final 10 pass attempts were incomplete. He was benched after Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene returned his second fumble for a touchdown to make it a 25-point game with 10:51 left.
Best defensive performance: This award goes to Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan. The Eastern High School product finished with an interception, three pass breakups and two tackles. The junior returned his interceptions 17 yards to Temple 49-yard to set up Nova’s third touchdown pass. Let’s just say that the Berlin native had an enjoyable homecoming.