Rutgers at Washington State

Rutgers rallies past Wazzu, overcomes Halliday's 532 yards wire reports

SEATTLE -- Paul James ran for 173 yards and his third touchdown run with 3:24 left gave Rutgers a wild 41-38 victory against Washington State on Thursday night in the Scarlet Knights' first game as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Gary Nova threw a 78-yard touchdown to Leonte Carroo on the first play from scrimmage and Rutgers withstood a passing onslaught from Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday.

Rutgers won its season opener for the sixth time in nine years and picked up a significant road victory with a challenging Big Ten slate ahead. Meanwhile Washington State has just one victory in its last nine season openers.

Halliday did his part. The senior completed 40 of 56 passes for 532 yards and five touchdowns, but his fourth-down pass for River Cracraft near midfield with 53 seconds left was batted away.

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Scoring Summary
RUTLeonte Carroo 78 yd pass from Gary Nova (Kyle Federico kick)
WASHSTErik Powell 22 yd FG
RUTPaul James 1 yd run (Kyle Federico kick)
WASHSTIsiah Myers 4 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Erik Powell kick)
RUTPaul James 56 yd run (Kyle Federico kick)
WASHSTVince Mayle 26 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Erik Powell kick)
WASHSTRiver Cracraft 7 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Erik Powell kick)
RUTKyle Federico 36 yd FG
WASHSTIsiah Myers 14 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Erik Powell kick)
RUTKyle Federico 25 yd FG
RUTJohn Tsimis 29 yd pass from Gary Nova (Kyle Federico kick)
WASHSTRickey Galvin 5 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Erik Powell kick)
RUTPaul James 3 yd run (Kyle Federico kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2222
Third Down Efficiency6-148-13
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-2
Plays-Net Yards70-49670-538
Passing Yds281532
Kick Return Yds131155
Punt Return Yds75
Time of Poss.33:1726:43
Individual Stats
RUT: Paul James 29-173, Desmon Peoples 8-36, John Tsimis 1-9, Janarion Grant 1-7, Team 3--3, Gary Nova 1--7
WASHST: Jamal Morrow 6-17, Gerard Wicks 2-7, Theron West 1--2, Connor Halliday 5--16
RUT: Gary Nova 16-27-281-1
WASHST: Connor Halliday 40-56-532-1
RUT: Leonte Carroo 6-151, Janarion Grant 4-48, John Tsimis 3-40, Michael Burton 2-36, Matt Flanagan 1-6
WASHST: Vince Mayle 12-124, River Cracraft 8-83, Isiah Myers 6-94, Rickey Galvin 4-86, Kristoff Williams 2-36, Gerard Wicks 2-18, Jamal Morrow 2-15, Calvin Green 2-6, Dom Williams 1-64, Theron West 1-6
Rutgers7th Big Ten East0-92-10
Washington State2nd Pac-12 North7-28-5

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