Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rutgers outlasts record-setting SMU

Rutgers freshman running back Justin Goodwin slips a tackle to score the winning 17-yard touchdown in the third overtime.


Rutgers freshman running back Justin Goodwin slips a tackle to score the winning 17-yard touchdown in the third overtime.

DALLAS — Rutgers freshman Justin Goodwin still had fresh legs in the seventh period of football Saturday.

He broke several SMU tackles on the way to a winning 17-yard scoring run as the Scarlet Knights won 55-52 in three overtimes.

"I was trying to keep a fresh back in the game," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. "We made them defend a lot of rushing attempts."

The Knights gained 191 yards on 52 carries, including Goodwin's 24 attempts, 149 yards and two rushing touchdowns off the bench. He also caught two passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.

In the first game for both teams in the new American Athletic Conference, SMU rallied twice from 21-point deficits.

Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert had three of his career-high five touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. He also threw for a 2-point conversion to tie it with 1:19 left in regulation.

The teams traded touchdowns in each of the first two OTs. In the third, Rutgers held SMU to Chase Hover's 37-yard field goal.

Gilbert set Mustangs records with 45 completions, 70 attempts and 484 passing yards, and ran for both SMU touchdowns in OT.

Johnson set an SMU record with 217 receiving yards and tied another with 18 catches.

Louisville rolls

PHILADELPHIA — Teddy Bridgewater played at an NFL stadium like a future No. 1 pick. He will be a regular in that setting soon enough.

Bridgewater threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns to keep No. 7 Louisville undefeated with a 30-7 victory over winless Temple at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Eagles.

The Cardinals, in their league opener, lost a bid for their second straight shutout when Temple scored with 38 seconds left.

Rutgers outlasts record-setting SMU 10/05/13 [Last modified: Saturday, October 5, 2013 9:07pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Alex Faedo, Florida advance to face LSU in College World Series finals


    OMAHA, Neb. — Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 71/3 innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 win Saturday night.

    Florida’s Austin Langworthy scores on a single by Mike Rivera in the second inning during a 3-0 victory over TCU.
  2. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  3. Rays journal: Jumbo Diaz falters after getting within a strike of ending rally

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday's game got away starting with a leadoff walk in the seventh inning by Rays LHP Jose Alvarado, who was brought in exclusively to face Baltimore's lefty-swinging Seth Smith.

    Rays reliever Jumbo Diaz wipes his face as he walks off the mound after the Orioles score four during the seventh inning to give them a 7-3 lead. Diaz was one strike away from working out of the jam before he allowed a two-run double and a two-run homer on back-to-back pitches.
  4. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.
  5. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    It was refreshing to see RHP Jacob Faria take the blame after the loss even though he gave the Rays a chance to win. Too often young pitchers are encouraged by what they did and not necessarily the outcome, but Faria, making just his fourth big-league start, came to the Trop to win, didn't, and pointed the finger …