Rutgers opens Big East schedule with a win

Rutgers 23, South Florida 13

TAMPA, Fla. — Jawan Jamison ran 151 yards and a touchdown and Kyle Federico kicked three field goals to help Rutgers begin Big East play with a 23-13 victory over South Florida on Thursday night.


Gary Nova threw for 277 yards and one TD for the Scarlet Knights, who snapped a 13-13 tie on Federico’s 22-yard field goal with 2:48 remaining. Jamison sealed the outcome when he scored on a 41-yard run after USF (2-1, 0-1) turned the ball over on downs.

It was the fourth consecutive 100-yard game for Jamison dating to last season.


GEORGIA: Richard Samuel has been named a captain for Saturday’s matchup with Florida Atlantic, an honor that makes him proud.

“It feels good,” said Samuel. “Last time I was a captain I was injured, so it feels good to be a captain and be able to contribute in the game I’m a captain of.”

Along with Samuel, seniors John Jenkins and Marlon Brown and junior Jarvis Jones are captains for Saturday’s game.

• Georgia’s interim mascot, Russ, will be officially announced as Uga IX during a pregame ceremony.


ARKANSAS: Coach John L. Smith said quarterback Tyler Wilson didn’t practice Thursday and his status remains uncertain for Saturday’s game with No. 1 Alabama.

Wilson, who missed the second half of the Razorbacks’ loss to Louisiana-Monroe last week with a head injury, went through a light practice Wednesday, but Smith says the quarterback was “busy” doing some kind of “evaluating” during practice on Thursday.

Smith says he expects to find out today if Wilson, the first-team All-Southeastern Conference quarterback last season, will be able to play against the Crimson Tide (2-0).


NEBRASKA: The Cornhuskers are paying Arkansas State $1 million for playing at Memorial Stadium on Saturday – the highest amount ever guaranteed to an opponent for a game in Lincoln.

Athletic director Tom Osborne said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Thursday that $1 million is the “going rate for a great many teams to play an away game with no return engagement.”


PENN STATE: Backup kicker Matt Marcincin, a redshirt freshman walk-on, became the second player to leave the team this week when he was removed from the Nittany Lions’ official online roster Thursday.

A team spokesman acknowledged that Marcincin was no longer with the team.

Including Marcincin, 13 players have left the Nittany Lions since the NCAA levied sanctions against the program.


KENTUCKY: Morgan Newton has always played quarterback – until recently.

The senior and onetime Kentucky starter is changing positions – at least part-time – just to get playing time.

Since sophomore Maxwell Smith beat out Morgan this fall to be the Wildcats’ signal caller, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound former Southeastern Conference All-Freshman selection began taking snaps at H-back.