Rutgers gave its fan base a scare with a sloppy start against Temple before scoring five unanswered touchdowns in a 35-10 blowout. Quarterback Gary Nova paved the way with four second-half touchdown passes in the victory.
In the two games where Rutgers has trailed in the second half, Nova has nine touchdown passes.
Running back Jawan Jamison rebounded from his worst performance of 2012 with one of his best. The sophomore tailback totaled 195 yards and caught a 32-yard touchdown on a screen pass in the victory. He is just 221 yards away from becoming the third 1,000-yard rusher in school history alongside Ray Rice and Terrell Willis.
Talented Temple quarterback Chris Coyer gave Rutgers his best shot early in the contest, but the Scarlet Knights defense eventually caught fire and held the Owls to 76 yards after the first quarter. The defense forced three turnovers and blocked a punt.
The victory over Temple vaults Rutgers to No. 15 in the coach's poll and 18 in the Associated Press poll. Rutgers checks in at No. 15 in the BCS poll.
Walk-on Nick Borgese filled in for kicker Kyle Federico for the second straight game. He was perfect on extra points and did not attempt a field goal. He will remain the starter until Federico returns from injury.
Rutgers cannot host recruits on road games, but that did not stop Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) tight end commit Nick Arcidiacono from attending the Temple game. Arcidiacono watching his older brother, Brandon Arcidiacono, and former teammates Desmon Peoples and Nate Smith dress for the game.
Rutgers basketball is less than three weeks from the start of the 2012-13 season with Nov. 9 as the tipoff date against St. Peter's. Rutgers hosts its annual media day Wednesday afternoon from the Louis Brown Athletic Center.