PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Gary Nova threw for a career-best 404 yards and three touchdowns and Rutgers added to slumping Michigan's woes with a 26-24 victory on Saturday night.

Nova found Andrew Turzilli on scoring passes of 80 and 14 yards and hit John Tsimis with a 7-yarder as the Scarlet Knights (5-1, 1-1) won their first Big Ten Conference game and sent Michigan (2-4, 0-1) to its third straight loss.

The 2-4 start is the worst for Michigan since it opened 2-7 in 2008 under Rich Rodriguez. The setback also capped a troublesome week for coach Brady Hoke, who was under the microscope for failing to remove sophomore quarterback Shane Morris last weekend after a hit to the head.

Michigan had a chance to win but a wind-aided 55-yard field goal by Matt Wile was blocked by Kemoke Turay with 3:01 to go.

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