PHILADELPHIA — — Shaquan Loyal’s 43-yard interception return for a landing was the turning level of the sport as Rutgers improved to 3-0 with a 16-14 victory over Temple on Saturday and made Greg Schiano the winningest coach in program historical past.
Schiano broke a tie for many wins with 79. He was tied with Frank Burns, who was the top coach from 1973 to 1983, together with the undefeated 1976 workforce that was 11-0.
“We’re in the midst of constructing one thing particular,” Schiano mentioned. “I am enthusiastic about these guys being part of it with me. And I’ve the upmost respect for Coach Burns, who was a gents, and I realized loads from him for certain.”
The rating by the sophomore defensive again was the one landing for the Scarlet Knights, who floundered offensively with simply 201 complete yards.
“On a day if you end up not throwing your fastball, it’s important to be ok to discover a strategy to win and that is what we did right now,” Schiano mentioned. “Defensively, we made some large stops. Offensively, we did what we needed to do to finish the sport. Is it what we aspire to? No, however you’ll be able to’t get labored up about a method or one other approach. We simply should preserve working and getting higher.”
The Rutgers protection held on and survived a late scare from the Owls whose comeback try ended when freshman quarterback E.J. Warner — the son of Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer Kurt Warner — was rushed into an incomplete move by the Scarlet Knights on a fourth-and-3 from the Temple 41 with 2:30 to play.
Trailing 7-3 halfway by way of the second quarter, Loyal got here on a nook blitz and tipped Warner’s move into the air, grabbing it on the 43 and streaking untouched for the momentum shift. “His eyes obtained actually large and I knew that he was going to offer me the freedom key,” Loyal mentioned. “I put my palms up and made the play.”
Jude McAtamney hit subject targets of 45, 25 and 38 yards for the Scarlet Knights, who are actually 3-0 for the second straight 12 months.
“On a day if you end up not throwing your fastball, it’s important to discover a strategy to win,” Schiano mentioned. “
Warner was 19-for-32 for 215 yards, together with a 47-yard landing move to Jordan Smith that introduced the Owls (1-2) again inside two factors early within the fourth quarter.
“Clearly, there are issues that we are able to do higher to get a distinct outcome,” Temple’s first 12 months coach Stan Drayton mentioned. “However that is one thing we are able to construct off of. No ethical victories, however there are a number of nice issues that we are able to construct off.”
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights quarterback scenario continues to cry out for Noah Vedral’s return from an undisclosed damage. Vedral — a sixth-year starter who was injured throughout spring camp — took snaps this week in apply. With out Vedral and with a rotation of Evan Simon and Gavin Wimsatt, the passing recreation was restricted to simply 59 yards on 17 makes an attempt. Wimsatt left with an undisclosed damage later within the recreation and Vedral is questionable for subsequent week. “We’re not going to danger somebody for only one week,” Schiano mentioned. “It is a physician’s resolution.”
Temple: The Owls dominated a lot of the motion within the first half and confirmed some potential within the first begin beneath Warner. Nonetheless, the one turnover that he made that resulted in Loyal’s landing and underscores how tough it’s for Temple to win with the expertise deficit they face. “He understands the sport and got here in understanding our offense,” Drayton mentioned. “He earned our belief early in fall camp.”
Rutgers: Begins its Large Ten schedule with a house recreation towards Iowa subsequent Saturday.
Temple: Hosts UMass subsequent Saturday in ultimate nonconference recreation.