Boston College (8-4, 3-4) is likely to go to its school-record fourth consecutive postseason game, the San Francisco Bowl on Dec. 31. The Eagles have won eight or more games in consecutive regular seasons for the first time since Tom Coughlin's 1992-93 teams.
Boston College quarterback Brian St. Pierre completed just 9 of 23 passes for 157 yards with two TDs and three interceptions.
The Eagles went ahead for good late in the first quarter on Brandon Brokaw's 6-yard TD run. He carried all three times on the drive after Ralph Parent intercepted Ryan Hart's pass at midfield.
Two plays after Josh Ott picked off Hart's pass at the Eagles' 47, St. Pierre hit Knight in the right flat and he raced down the sideline for a TD and a 17-7 lead.
BC made it 20-7 on Sandro Sciortino's 37-yard field as time expired in the first half, The Eagles got the ball when punter Mike Barr fumbled a high snap.
Knight's 3-yard TD burst made it 27-7 early in the third quarter.
Kevin McMyler, the punter, kicked a 23-yard field goal to make it 30-7 after Sciortino left with an ankle injury, and St. Pierre's 35-yard TD toss to Grant Adams made it 37-7.
Mathias Kiwanuka's 49-yard fumble return capped a 24-point third quarter and increased it to 44-7. Jason Nugent then had a TD run.
Rutgers took a 7-3 lead midway into the first quarter when flanker Corey Barnes threw a 36-yard TD pass to Shawn Tucker after Sciortino's 28-yard field goal put Boston College ahead 3-0.
NCAAF FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- RUTGERS 7 0 0 7 14 BOSTON COLLEGE 10 10 24 0 44 FINAL GAME STATS
POST GAME NOTES
SMITH FINISHES CAREER NO. 6 ALL-TIME IN RECEIVING
Senior tight end L.J. Smith, who did not play in the second half vs. Boston College, caught one pass for 12 yards vs. the Eagles. Smith finished his outstanding Rutgers career with 122 receptions, No. 6 all-time in school history (one behind No. 5 Reggie Funderburk 1993-95, 1997), and 1458 yards, No. 9 all-time in Rutgers history. Smith also finished his career with 10 TD catches, tied with four others for 8th place on Rutgers’ all-time list (Smith is one of 12 Rutgers players to catch 10 or more TD passes in his career). Smith led Rutgers this season in receiving with 32 catches for 384 yards and three TDs.
JONES ENDS SEASON WITH SINGLE-SEASON KICKOFF MARK
Junior cornerback Nate Jones’ five kickoff returns vs. Boston College give him 63 kickoff returns for his career, third best all-time in Rutgers history. Jones is also third all-time with 1413 kickoff returns yards. Jones finished the season with 26 kick returns for 28.3 yards per return, a Rutgers single-season record
SCARLET KNIGHT INTERCEPTIONS
Cornerback Brandon Haw snared his team leading fourth interception when he picked off a Brian St. Pierre pass in the first quarter. Haw now has five career interceptions. Fellow cornerback Nate Jones picked off his second pass of the season (and his career) when he intercepted a St. Pierre pass in the second quarter. Linebacker Brian Bender notched his first career interception in the second quarter when he snagged a St. Pierre toss.
BARNES TO TUCKER TD
A pair of freshmen wide receivers from Florida teamed up for Rutgers score with 7:00 remaining in the first quarter when Corey Barnes hit Shawn Tucker for a 36-yard touchdown strike. It was Tucker’s first TD reception of his career, and also the longest reception of his career. For Barnes, it was his second pass attempt of the season, and his first completion. Barnes, from Carol City HS in Miami, was a three-year starter at quarterback in high school.
NUGENT BECOMES THIRD FRESHMAN 100-YARD RUSHER
Freshman Jason Nugent, with 106 net yards rushing today, became the third RU freshman to eclipse the 100-yard mark in a game this season. Nugent, who had just three carries all season entering the game, rushed 26 times, including a long of 14 yards. Fellow newcomers Markis Facyson rushed 32 yards for 129 net yards in RU’s 44-0 win over Army (9/14). Clarence Pittman, a red-shirt freshman, ran for 104 yards vs. Tennessee.