CHESTNUT HILL, MA - The Boston College Eagles scored 14-unanswered points in the second half to overcome a 10-7 deficit and defeat Rutgers, 21-10, tonight at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA. QB Ryan Hart threw for 302 yards, surpassing the 300-yard mark for the third-straight game and Brian Leonard finished the game with 137 all-purpose yards to lead the Scarlet Knights (4-5, 1-4 BE).
The Eagles took a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game when defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka dropped back into pass coverage and intercepted a Ryan Hart pass, then scrambling 32 yards for the touchdown. It was his second INT this season and BC's first returned for a score since the 2002 season. Rutgers then responded at the end of the first quarter to tie the game, 7-7.
Starting at their own 20-yard line, the Scarlet Knights used two key pass plays from Hart - a 20-yard connected with tight end Clark Harris and a 39-yard catch-and-run with Brian Leonard - to move to the BC 10. A 4-yard reception by Justise Hairston and a 1-yard run from Leonard set up a third-and-goal from the 5-yard line with just over a minute to play in the quarter. On the ensuing play, Hart carried the ball, splitting a pair of linebackers at the goal line for his second career rushing touchdown.
The start of the second half was dominated by strong defensive plays, led by RU LB Will Gilkison's sack and forced fumble on Paul Peterson, which set up a 24-yard FG by Jeremy Ito and a 10-7 Rutgers lead.
At that point, the Eagles scored 14-straight points as Peterson capped a five-play, 59-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Eagles a 14-10 lead. Then, in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Peterson connected with David Kashetta on a 13-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 21-10. From there, the BC defense held the Scarlet Knights in check, limiting them to just three first downs.
Hart completed 29-of-43 passes for 302 yards and a rushing TD, while Moses led all receivers with six catches for 98 yards. Freshman DB Ron Girault led RU with 11 tackles, while Jarvis Johnson and Joe Porter chipped in with six each. Porter also recorded his team-leading fourth interception.
Rutgers' next game will take place on Saturday, November 20, when it travels to Annapolis, MD to face Navy at 1:30 p.m.
Beljour Makes First Career Start
Freshman RB Jean Beljour made his first career start today, joining RB Brian Leonard in the Rutgers backfield. Beljour is the third true freshman to start this season, joining OL Jeremy Zuttah and DB Ron Girault.
Hart Picks Up Second Career Rushing TD
A 5-yard run at the 1:00 mark of the first quarter was quarterback Ryan Hart's second career rushing touchdown. Hart also scored in last season's 24-7 win over Syracuse, covering 3 yards at the 11:36 mark of the third quarter, giving Rutgers a 14-7 lead. Ryan Hart also became the first RU QB to throw for 300 or more yards in three-consecutive games with his 302-yard effort today.
Gibson Streak Snapped
Gary Gibson's streak of 35-consecutive games came to an end today, when he did not dress due to a knee injury. The last time Gibson failed to see the field was Nov. 3, 2001 at West Virginia. Gibson's streak was tied for the longest among all active Scarlet Knights. DB Jarvis Johnson now has sole possession of the longest streak, playing in 36-consecutive games.
Defense Pitches First Half Shutout
The only BC points of the first half came on an INT return, marking the second time this season Rutgers has not allowed a first half touchdown (Oct. 16, 3-3 vs. Temple at halftime) and the first time since Sept. 14, 2002 that the defense did not allow any first half points (a 44-0 RU win over Army), a span of 31 games.
Porter Matches 2002 Best
Joe Porter's second-half interception was his fourth of the season, the most since Brandon Haw had four in 2002. Gary Brackett also had four in 2001, as did Shahib White in 1999. The last time a Rutgers player had more than four interceptions in a single-season was 1983, when Bill Houston had six.
Tres Moses extended his streak of games with at least 1 catch to 21. He has 56 catches for 659 yards over the last six games and
Brian Leonard extended his streak of games with 100 or more all-purpose yards to 13 with his 137-yard effort today
Will Gilkison's sack of Paul Peterson in the third quarter, resulting in a fumble recovery for Rutgers, extended the RU sack streak to 21 games.
Freshman K Jeremy Ito has now kicked at least one FG in all nine of his collegiate games. He finished the BC game with 15 FG's, four shy of the school record (19, Tom Angstadt, 1984).
Moses Moves to Within One
With six catches today, for 98 yards, Tres Moses now has 68 catches this season, one shy of the RU single-season mark (69, Marco Battaglia, 1995). With two games left in the season, Moses has 68 catches for 767 yards and has 56 catches for 659 yards over his last six
Coach Greg Schiano
The next step is to be good and I thought this weekend would be the weekend we took that step. We had our opportunities. We were up 10-7 in the third quarter and we couldn’t find ways to capitalize on those turnovers. We did too many things tonight that aren’t what good football teams do to win and we got exactly what we deserve.
On BC’s offense:
They are a good offensive team with a good quarterback. We had their quarterback hemmed in many times but he got away because he is a good quarterback.
Overall, we did a good job of keeping him contained. But he is a good player and that’s why he is leading this team.
On Larry Lester’s catch:
What players are taught is that the play is always live and let the officials sort it out. I asked and they said they didn’t see the ball. They didn’t know the ball was on the ground.
On Ryan Hart:
Credit goes to Boston College’s defense. We didn’t do very well tonight. We didn’t protect the passer very well. He was under constant pressure. They were basically a four man rush and mixed in the blitz.
On the field goal attempts:
I thought we were playing good defense and if we weren’t I probably would have punted it down in there. The way we were punting, the worst thing we could do would have been to trade 17 yards and put the ball in the end zone and have it on the 20. My confidence wasn’t that high that we were going to be able to pin them inside the 20. We have a very good kicker and it was with the wind and I felt we had a good opportunity.
On Larry Lester’s catch:
I reacted to it and it ended up being a fumble and the offense was able to put three points on the board. We were playing very well as a football team and it was a battle back and forth. I think anytime you get two teams out there and fight back and forth, it is fun. That’s the type of game we have been involved in all year.
I think in certain aspects we are getting better and in others we are falling behind. I think defensively we are getting better at working as a unit. We understand everyone’s role and how important it is that you do that role.
Box Score (Final) Rutgers vs BC (Nov 06, 2004 at Chestnut Hill, Mass.) Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score ----------------- -- -- -- -- ----- Rutgers............. 7 0 3 0 - 10 Record: (4-5,1-4) BC.................. 7 0 7 7 - 21 Record: (6-2,2-1) Scoring Summary: 1st 12:41 BC - KIWANUKA, Mathi 32 yd interception return (OHLIGER, Ryan kick), RUTGERS 0 - BC 7 01:00 RUTGERS - HART, Ryan 5 yd run (ITO, Jeremy kick), 6-80 2:53 RUTGERS 7 - BC 7 3rd 04:57 RUTGERS - ITO, Jeremy 24 yd field goal, 8-26 3:08 RUTGERS 10 - BC 7 03:42 BC - PETERSON, Paul 1 yd run (OHLIGER, Ryan kick), 5-59 1:15 RUTGERS 10 - BC 14 4th 13:31 BC - KASHETTA, David 13 yd pass from PETERSON, Paul(OHLIGER, Ryan kick),6-65 2:30 RUTGERS 10 - BC 21 RUTGERS BC FIRST DOWNS................... 17 22 RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 32-73 37-82 PASSING YDS (NET)............. 302 296 Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 43-29-3 38-22-2 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 75-375 75-378 Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards............ 0-0 1-9 Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 4-54 3-80 Interception Returns-Yards.... 2-25 3-27 Punts (Number-Avg)............ 7-31.7 5-38.0 Fumbles-Lost.................. 1-0 4-2 Penalties-Yards............... 12-80 8-60 Possession Time............... 29:32 30:28 Third-Down Conversions........ 6 of 18 2 of 14 Fourth-Down Conversions....... 0 of 1 1 of 3 Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 2-2 2-4 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 2-19 3-8 RUSHING: Rutgers-LEONARD, Brian 21-58; HART, Ryan 11-15. BC-CALLENDER, Andr 14-73; WHITWORTH, L.V. 16-56; PETERSON, Paul 7-minus 47. PASSING: Rutgers-HART, Ryan 29-43-3-302. BC-PETERSON, Paul 22-38-2-296. RECEIVING: Rutgers-LEONARD, Brian 8-79; MOSES, Tres 6-98; HARRIS, Clark 6-77; DANIELS, Marcus 3-24; HAIRSTON, Justi 3-8; BAKER, Chris 1-9; FACYSON, Markis 1-5; FOSTER, Willie 1-2. BC-ADAMS, Grant 5-70; KASHETTA, David 4-87; LESTER, Larry 4-54; HAZARD, Joel 4-44; MILLER, Chris 3-27; GONZALEZ, Tony 1-10; LILLY, Jason 1-4. INTERCEPTIONS: Rutgers-GIRAULT, Ron 1-25; PORTER, Joe 1-0. BC-TRIBBLE, DeJuan 1-minus 5; KIWANUKA, Mathi 1-32; BLACKMON, Will 1-0. FUMBLES: Rutgers-LINTON, Dimitri 1-0. BC-PETERSON, Paul 2-1; HAZARD, Joel 1-1; LESTER, Larry 1-0. Stadium: Alumni Stadium Attendance: 41126 Kickoff time: 3:35PM End of Game: 6:55pm Total elapsed time: 3:20 Officials: Referee: Tom Tomczyk; Umpire: Mike Semcheski; Linesman: Joe Griesser; Line judge: Wayne Mackie; Back judge: Paul Vargo; Field judge: Bruce Williams; Side judge: James Coleman; Scorer: Jack Dwyer; Temperature: 54 Wind: SW20-30 Weather: Cloudy-Windy