Rutgers Makes History in Comeback

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Rutgers has never seen a 25-point comeback in its 145 years of college football. That ended Saturday when the Scarlet Knights stunned Maryland with a 41-38 win and four Gary Nova touchdowns.

Down by 25 points heading into halftime, Rutgers received a gift from Maryland. A roughing the punter penalty gave Rutgers new life and a touchdown before the half.

It was all Rutgers after that.

Senior quarterback Gary Nova lit it up in the second half, including four touchdowns and 347 yards in his final regular season game at the college level.

The Rutgers defense that embarrassed itself at times, shut down Maryland to 143 second-half yards and three points.

"To say I'm proud of this group is probably an understatement," said head coach Kyle Flood. "It's a group of players that the local guys have heard me talk all year about how special of a group I think they are. ... I'm proud of them."

Rutgers (7-5, 3-5) won with Ralph Friedgen as its offensive coordinator. Saturday marked Friedgen's first game at College Park since a decade as the Terp's head coach.

He is now 1-0 against Maryland.

"We knew we were getting this win for him, and I couldn't be more proud to do that," said receiver Leonte Carroo, who tied a school record with his ninth and 10th receiving touchdowns on the year.

After the game, Friedgen addressed his memorable evening in his first interview of the season.

Flood also broke down the biggest comeback in school history, crediting Friedgen and his players for a stellar effort.

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