One play swung the momentum in Rutgers first loss of the season to North Carolina, 17-13 yesterday.
After the Scarlet Knights (2-1), already up 10-0, made a fourth-down stop at the start of the second quarter they had a chance to put some distance between them and the Tar Heels (1-2), who were missing 12 players due to NCAA violations. However, quarterback Tom Savage was picked off by Bruce Carter and returned it back into Rutgers territory. This led to a Johnny White rushing touchdown to cut the lead to three. White had 99 total yards (36 rushing, 63 receiving) on the day.
Quarterback T.J. Yates, who had 22 for 30 with 204 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception, led UNC on a 14-play, 80-yard drive during the third quarter. He converted on three third-down plays to keep the drive alive. This led to a five-yard touchdown score to take the lead for the Tar Heels.
On the other side, Savage had a rougher day going 16 of 29 with 150 yards but had two interceptions and no touchdowns. Rutgers had one last gasp to get the win late in the fourth, getting down to the Carolina six yard line. But he threw his second pick of the day to put the game away for good.
Mohamed Sanu added a touchdown with 74 yards receiving to go along with his 41 on the ground. San San Te (32, 39) added two more field goals to his total this year for the Scarlet Knights.
The Scarlet Knights will look to rebound after their loss next Saturday at home against Tulane (1-2).
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Written by Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan is a Staten Island, NY native who recently graduated SUNY-Cortland majoring in sport management. At Cortland, he was the sports editor of the student-run newspaper The Dragon Chronicle for both his junior and senior year. He interned for the sports producer and sports anchor Bruce Beck at WNBC-4 Sports in New York City for their 6:00 and 11:00 news programs. Also, he interned this summer for the New York Jets as a sports writer for their website during their training camp which was shown on HBO's Hard Knocks program. Assignments included writing feature stories that were included on both newyorkjets.com and the Jets Playbook given out to the fans at the game. Chris is a Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Rangers fan.