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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.

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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]
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