Rutgers 28, Arkansas 24 — Top Performers


GARY NOVA: The Rutgers junior quarterback was a thorn in Arkansas’ side for the second straight year. Nova was 22-of-43 for 346 yards with three touchdowns, one interception and two fumbles lost on Saturday. Nova passed 4 yards to Leonte Carroo for the winning score with 5:18 left to play.

JANARION GRANT: A true freshman from Tilby, Fla., Grant showed Arkansas his elusiveness and speed in two big punt returns for Rutgers. His 58-yard return in the third quarter was good for a touchdown and put Rutgers within 10. His 47-yard return in the fourth quarter set up the go-ahead touchdown.

DARIUS PHILON: The redshirt freshman, from Mobile, Ala., subbing for Byran Jones at defensive tackle, came up big for Arkansas with two sacks against Rutgers. He had three solo tackles in the game. His sacks were good for 15 yards in losses.

ZACH HOCKER: The Russellville senior showed off his leg in a big way in the first quarter against Rutgers. First he booted a 77-yard punt and scored Arkansas’ first points with a 41-yard field goal, then kicked for a touchback on a kickoff from the 20-yard line following an Arkansas unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Tevin Mitchell’s interception return for a touchdown. Hocker is the all-time leading scorer at Arkansas with 315 points.

— Dennis Byrd • Arkansas News Bureau