GAMEDAY College Football

Rutgers 16, Temple 14

By KEVIN COONEY
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Shaquan Loyal's 43-yard interception return for a touchdown was the turning point of the game as Rutgers improved to 3-0 with a 16-14 victory over Temple and made Greg Schiano the winningest coach in program history.

Schiano broke a tie for most wins with 79. He was tied with Frank Burns, who was the head coach from 1973 to 1983, including the undefeated 1976 team that was 11-0.

The score by the sophomore defensive back was the only touchdown for the Scarlet Knights, who floundered offensively with just 201 total yards.

The Rutgers defense held on and survived a late scare from the Owls whose comeback attempt ended when freshman quarterback E.J. Warner - the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner - was rushed into an incomplete pass by the Scarlet Knights on a fourth-and-3 from the Temple 41 with 2:30 to play.

Trailing 7-3 midway through the second quarter, Loyal came on a corner blitz and tipped Warner's pass into the air, grabbing it at the 43 and streaking untouched for the momentum shift. Jude McAtamney hit field goals of 45, 25 and 38 yards for the Scarlet Knights, who are now 3-0 for the second straight year.

Warner was 19-for-32 for 215 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Smith that brought the Owls (1-2) back within two points early in the fourth quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights quarterback situation continues to cry out for Noah Vedral's return from an undisclosed injury. Vedral - a sixth-year starter who was injured during spring camp - took snaps this week but there's no word on his status moving forward. Without Vedral and with a rotation of Evan Simon and Gavin Wimsatt, the passing game was limited to just 59 yards on 17 attempts.

Temple: The Owls dominated most of the action in the first half and showed some potential in the first start under Warner. However, the one turnover that he made that resulted in Loyal's touchdown and underscores how difficult it is for Temple to win with the talent deficit they face.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter RutTemple
Temple TD 6:41 Quincy Patterson 1 yd run (Rory Bell kick) 0 7
Rut FG 1:09 Jude McAtamney 45 yd FG 3 7
Second Quarter RutTemple
Rut TD 6:05 Shaquan Loyal 43 yd interception return (Jude McAtamney kick) 10 7
Third Quarter RutTemple
Rut FG 7:25 Jude McAtamney 25 yd FG 13 7
Fourth Quarter RutTemple
Rut FG 14:55 Jude McAtamney 38 yd FG 16 7
Temple TD 14:15 Jordan Smith 47 yd pass from E.J. Warner (Rory Bell kick) 16 14
Team Stats
  Rutgers Temple
First downs 12 13
  Rushing 8 4
  Passing 3 8
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 4-14, 29% 3-15, 20%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 3-6, 50%
Rushes-Yards 41-142 30-49
Passing Yards 59 215
Return Yards 83 58
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-17-0 19-32-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--19 0-0
Punts 5 4
Punts-Average 43.2 37.5
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 9-80 6-55
Time of Possession 31:48 28:12
Rutgers Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
E. Simon 9 15 52 0 0
G. Wimsatt 1 2 7 0 0
Temple Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
E. Warner 19 32 215 1 1
Rutgers Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Langan 9 79 8.8 0
S. Brown V 8 30 3.8 0
A. Salaam 8 15 1.9 0
K. Monangai 7 10 1.4 0
J. Youngblood 1 5 5.0 0
E. Simon 5 4 0.8 0
G. Wimsatt 2 4 2.0 0
Temple Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Saydee 16 27 1.7 0
T. Blair 6 25 4.2 0
Q. Patterson 4 7 1.8 1
A. Sanders 2 5 2.5 0
I. Stewart 1 -13 -13.0 0
Rutgers Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Cruickshank 5 18 3.6 0
S. Jones 1 18 18.0 0
S. Ryan 1 11 11.0 0
C. Long 1 5 5.0 0
A. Salaam 1 4 4.0 0
J. Langan 1 3 3.0 0
Temple Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Sanders 8 90 11.3 0
J. Smith 4 79 19.8 1
I. Stewart 2 19 9.5 0
E. Saydee 1 13 13.0 0
J. Barbon 2 9 4.5 0
A. Anderson Jr. 1 4 4.0 0
T. Blair 1 1 1.0 0
Rutgers Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Loyal 1 43
Temple Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Rutgers Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Korsak 5 216 43.2
Temple Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Morgan 4 150 37.5
Rutgers Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Cruickshank 1 -1 -1.0
Temple Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Rutgers Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Youngblood 2 41 20.5
Temple Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Cooper 2 38 19.0
D. Fox 1 20 20.0
Rutgers Missed FG
Player Length
J. McAtamney 38
Temple Missed FG
Player Length




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