Nova passed Don Bosco brother Mike Teel for the all-time passing touchdown record in Rutgers history. He sits at 60 career touchdowns after throwing three in the 31-6 victory.
It took two quarters and change before a Nova pass fell to the ground, and the senior captain finished with a season-high 291 yards and four touchdowns.
“I think it demonstrates that he's played good football over a long period of time,” said head coach Kyle Flood. “When you get into all-time career leader in a category like victories or touchdowns or rushing yards or passing yards, you have to play a lot of football to do that. And to play a lot of football, you got to play well. Gary's not perfect, but Gary has played a lot of good football for us.”
The Rutgers (4-1) defense rose to the occasion despite injuries to many key faces. With four team sacks, the Scarlet Knights lead the Big Ten in that category. Tulane mounted little offense outside of the 86-yard touchdown run by Sherman Badie.
“You get up 21-0 on somebody, I would imagine your chances of winning the game go pretty high,” Flood said. “So the game's not over, there's a lot of football left to play, but it certainly gave us a lot of momentum. You start with the minus one yard line and three plays later you score a touchdown, there's some momentum to be had there.”