FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas won’t be the only team dealing with injured quarterback issues as it prepares to play at Rutgers.
Rutgers starting quarterback Gary Nova left his team’s 28-10 win against Eastern Michigan after suffering an injury in the first quarter, according to the Star-Ledger in New Jersey.
The newspaper said Rutgers coach Kyle Flood didn't specify what type of injury Nova suffered, but added “a review of the play suggests it’s a head injury.”
“I don’t know right now what his status will be for the upcoming week,” Flood told the Star-Ledger. “He could not return. He was not available to us.”
Nova enjoyed a career day in Rutgers’ 35-26 win at Arkansas last season, completing 25 of 35 passes for 397 yards with five touchdowns. He was replaced Saturday by backup Chas Dodd, who completed 4 of 9 passes for 45 yards in relief.
Rutgers, like Arkansas, leaned on defense and a strong ground game to secure the win without its starting quarterback. Running back Paul James rushed for 192 yards and 3 touchdowns, going over the 100-yard mark for the third straight game.
The Scarlet Knights had 29 rushing attempts (185 yards) and 13 passes (89 yards) against Eastern Michigan. Arkansas ran the ball 56 times (258 yards) and threw 11 passes (69 yards) in its 24-3 win against Southern Miss.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said quarterback Brandon Allen suffered a bruised shoulder against Southern Miss. But he said the sophomore sounded optimistic about his chances of playing against Rutgers on Saturday.
“It was still a little tender, but he seems pretty convinced that he’ll be back by the start of next week,” Bielema said. “So we’ll see where that goes.”
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau