Freshman running back Justin Goodwin had his college coming out party on Saturday for the Rutgers football team.
The Madison High product, currently a resident of Summit, broke a 17-yard touchdown run on the final play of the game to give Rutgers a 55-52 triple-overtime victory over Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tex.
“The offensive line did a great job,” Goodwin said. “They opened so many holes and creases, and I was able to exploit them.”
Goodwin finished the game with three touchdowns for Rutgers (4-1) with 149 yards rushing on 24 carries and 73 receiving yards,
"He's going to have a great career here," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said.
In the four games before the SMU contest, Goodwin had a total of seven carries for 44 yards. But with the Scarlet Knights' leading rusher, Paul James, sidelined with an injury, Goodwin got his chance. The 6-0, 180-pounder pulled in a screen pass from quarterback Gary Nova in the second period and turned it into a 50-yard TD play.
Goodwin's two-yard TD rush helped stake the Scarlet Knights to a 35-14 lead before Southern Methodist stormed back to tie the game at 35-35 and force overtime. SMU kicked a field goal to take a 52-49 lead in the third overtime before Goodwin won it with his 17-yard run.