Quarterback Battle Remains Undecided

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – There is still no starting quarterback for Pittsburgh. Coach Greg Schiano said he has not made a decision and that when he does, it will not go public until kickoff.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The quarterback battle is on. Head coach Greg Schiano has not yet decided between Chas Dodd and Gary Nova.

After Dodd went to the bench in favor of Nova, a true freshman, against Syracuse, Rutgers rallied back from a 10-point deficit to win in double-overtime.

"I haven't made a decision about that," Schiano said. "I didn't change [the depth chart] because I haven't made a decision. I'll make a decision when I'm ready to make it. I don't know when that's going to be."

Dodd said he was out of sync Saturday, throwing his third interception of the season and completing fewer than 50 percent of his passes. But Dodd went through the entire offseason as the starting quarterback and is confident he can bounce back.

"I'm just focused on coming out and working hard and learning the game plan," Dodd said. "However Coach's decision goes, then I'm comfortable with it. Whatever he decides, I know that's what's going to help the team the most."

Though Nova won the game, he admits to many mistakes in his game, including a lost fumble and rounding penalty. Nova finished with 122 passing yards and a touchdown.

"I was pretty disappointed in my play," Nova said. "There were a couple of third-down plays that I made, I was pretty happy with that. I know I left a lot of offense on the field."

Schiano is unlikely to announce his decision until kickoff. In recent history, secrecy at quarterback backfired.

Rutgers tried playing two quarterbacks at the start of the 2009 season, but benched Dom Natale after his first half of football and never looked back from Tom Savage. Rutgers lost that game 47-15 to Cincinnati.

"It's a decision who will start the game," Schiano said. "We've played both in three of the four games. We'll make a decision. I probably won't go public with the decision, either way, till kickoff.

"Two kids that are really good football players, that are great team guys, that are fully committed to this family, to this program. I just want to make sure I do what's right by them and by the team, and that's what I'll do."

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