Rutgers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as Ryan Hart (Coral Springs, FL) threw a 65-yard strike down the right sideline to Tres Moses (Delray Beach, FL), giving the Scarlet Knights the 7-0 lead on the second play from scrimmage.
Hart’s first pass not only gave the Scarlet Knights the early lead, it moved the sophomore into second all-time on the Rutgers single-season passing list. Hart, who has thrown for 2,396 yards thus far this season, surpassed Ray Lucas and Mike McMahon on the play. Hart is just 140 yards shy of the single-season record, held by Scott Erney (2,536 yards). Hart finished the game 18-for-24 for 234 yards and one touchdown.
On their next possession, Rutgers drove into BC territory before stalling at the BC 35 yard line. Head coach Greg Schiano elected to kick it away, and punter Joe Radigan pinned Boston College at its own eight yard line. The decision to kick was a prudent one, as on the next play, Raheem Orr (Elizabeth, NJ) sacked BC quarterback Paul Peterson in the end zone for the safety, extending the lead to 9-0.
Following the safety, the Eagles were able to stop RU and get the ball back. After successive first downs, BC was stopped short of a first down and forced to punt. The kick never took place, however, as Nate Jones (Scotch Plains, NJ) swooped in and tackled punter Jeff Gomulinski, causing a fumble which was picked up by Jason Nugent (Brampton, Ontario) at the BC 37-yard line. Rutgers drove down to the 10 yard line, before settling for a Ryan Sands (Shenandoah, PA) field goal and the 12-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Boston College answered back with a touchdown at the 12-minute mark of the second quarter on a one-yard rush by Knight. Piana Lukabu (Avenel, NJ) broke through the line and blocked the extra point to hold the Rutgers lead at six, 12-6.
After another Sands field goal, Knight found the end zone again for BC on a 27-yard rush, cutting the lead to 15-13 in favor of Rutgers. On the ensuing kickoff, Boston College elected to kick the ball deep to Jones, who ran down the left side of the field, past the oncoming BC defenders for an 81-yard touchdown. Jones, the reining BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year, now has three kickoffs returned for scores in his career.
Boston College cut the lead to two points (22-20) on a three-yard pass to fullback Greg Toal with 8:31 left in the third quarter. Rutgers added another field goal – this time a 41-yarder by Sands – to extend the lead to five points with 13:48 remaining in the game. After trading punts for the next few possessions, Boston College broke through on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Peterson to Larry Lester, giving the Eagles the lead for the first time. BC converted on the two-point conversion, taking a 28-25 lead with 5:54 left in the game.
Hart and Brian Leonard (Gouverneur, NY) led the Scarlet Knights back down the field and into field goal range. Leonard led the Scarlet Knights with 144 all-purpose yards (99 rush, 45 pass). Rutgers used nine plays to get to the BC 25 yard line, but Sands’ 43-yard attempt sailed wide right with 1:32 remaining, securing the victory for Boston College.
Knight added 75 yards on three carries on the next drive, adding a touchdown to extend the lead to 35-25 in favor of Boston College. Knight rushed 27 times for 224 yards and three touchdowns, to lead the Eagles to the win.
Jarvis Johnson (Miami, FL) led the Scarlet Knights with nine tackles, including one tackle for loss. In addition to his sack in the end zone, Orr added six tackles – including one for loss – and forced a fumble. Entering the game, Orr was leading the BIG EAST in tackles for loss, and was second in the league in sacks. Lukabu recorded six tackles, including two sacks.
Rutgers is back on the field next Saturday at noon, as the Scarlet Knights travel to Florida to play the 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes. The game will be a homecoming for many Rutgers players, as 25 members of the current roster call the state of Florida home.
Box Score (Final) Boston College vs Rutgers (Nov 15, 2003 at Piscataway, NJ) Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score ----------------- -- -- -- -- ----- Boston College...... 0 13 7 15 - 35 Record: (6-5,2-4) Rutgers............. 12 10 0 3 - 25 Record: (4-6,1-4)
Rutgers Strikes with Quick TD
Ryan Hart’s 13th touchdown of the season was his quickest, as he hit Tres Moses with a 65-yard scoring pass on the second play from scrimmage. The touchdown, just 0:43 into the contest, is the quickest RU score since Sept. 28, 2002 – when Nate Jones returned the opening kick-off 100 yards for a touchdown at Tennessee. (00:20).
RU Safety is First Since 2001 Season
When Raheem Orr sacked BC quarterback Paul Peterson in the end zone mid-way through the first quarter (7:40), it was the first safety by the Rutgers defense since Oct. 6, 2001 – when Billy Tulloch recorded a safety in RU’s 24-17 loss to Syracuse. The safety was also the seventh QB sack of the season for Orr – the most since Wesley Robertson amassed 8.0 during the 2000 season.
Sands Reaches 100-Point Mark
With an extra point and a 28-yard field goal in the first quarter, senior K Ryan Sands reached the 100-point mark for his career. Sands entered the game with 98 points and finished it with 109 points.
Hart Starts Strong
Sophomore Ryan Hart got off to another good start today, his second-best of the season. In the first quarter this afternoon, Hart completed
5-of-8 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown, including a 65-yard strike to Tres Moses on the second play from scrimmage. Hart’s best first-quarter output came at Michigan State (9/6), when he threw for 170 yards and a touchdown, completing 5-of-8 passes.
Foster Gets First Grab
Freshman WR Willie Foster hauled in a 14-yard pass with just over 11:00 left in the second quarter, his first catch of the season. Foster also became the 15th different player to catch a pass this season (including Ryan Hart’s reception for a loss of 10 yards vs. West Virginia on
Oct. 11). Hart has connected with 14 different receivers this season. He has hit 11 different receivers with multiple passes as well.
Jones Returns Another One
Senior CB Nate Jones returned a second-quarter kick-off 81 yards for a touchdown, his third career touchdown return. Last season, Jones returned a pair of kickoffs 100 yards for touchdowns – to open the game at Tennessee (9/26) and at Syracuse (10/21) in the third quarter. Today’s return was his longest TD, and his first KO return for a touchdown, at Rutgers Stadium.
Non-Offensive TD Total Grows to Seven
Jones’ KO return for a touchdown was Rutgers’ seventh non-offensive touchdown this season. Rutgers scored a non-offensive touchdown in each of its first five games and in each of the last two. Including the safety by Raheem Orr, Rutgers has scored 44 points without its offense on the field – 15% of its season total.
Aug. 30 vs. Buffalo Tres Moses – 66 yard punt return
Sept. 6 at Mich. State Brandon Haw – 61 yard INT return
Sept. 13 at Army Brian Bender – fumble recovery in end zone
Sept. 27 vs. Navy Brandon Haw – 88 yard blocked FG return
Oct. 4 vs. Virginia Tech Jarvis Johnson – 47 yard INT return
Nov. 8 at UConn Markis Facyson – 36-yard blocked punt return
Nov. 15 vs. Boston College Nate Jones – 81-yard kick off return
Today’s attendance (31, 019) marks the second time this season that Rutgers has drawn more than 30,000 for a home game. (32,382 vs. Navy – 9/27). Today’s attendance is also the highest for a November home game since Nov. 18, 2000, when Rutgers drew 40,011 fans for its non-league game vs. Notre Dame.
The last time Rutgers had two home games with attendances over 30,000 was in 1999, when Texas (9/11) drew 41,511 and Virginia Tech (10/9) drew 30,764.
Piana Lukabu had his first multi-sack game of the season (2.0) … Tres Moses set a career high with 90 receiving yards, besting his previous high of 72 (Oct. 11 vs. WVU)
Hart Moving Up Lists
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Hart recorded his seventh 200-yard passing game today, in the process moving into second place on RU’s
single-season yardage list (2,396), second in completions (192) and fifth in attempts (320). Hart now has 2,875 career passing yards, the eighth-best total in Scarlet Knight history, and his 13 career touchdown passes are tied for the eighth-best mark. He also moved into seventh place in completions (243) and ninth in attempts (431).
Leonard All-Around Guy
With his 99 yards rushing and 45 yards receiving, Brian Leonard recorded his sixth 100-yard all-purpose game of the year, and his third in a row. Over the last three games, Leonard has averaged 169.7 all-purpose yards per outing.