3:30 PM ET, November 15, 2003
High Point Solutions Stadium, PISCATAWAY, NJ
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Paul Peterson threw a go-ahead 17-yard touchdown pass with 5:54 to play and Derrick Knight rushed for 224 yards and three scores as Boston College rallied for a 35-25 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.
Peterson also threw for another touchdown and a two-point conversion as the Eagles (6-5, 2-4 Big East) kept their slim bowl hopes alive by beating Rutgers (4-6, 1-4) for the ninth straight time.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Boston College.
Ryan Sands, who kicked three field goals for the Scarlet Knights, missed a potential game-tying 43-yard field goal with 1:32 to play and Boston College leading 28-25.
Knight iced the Eagles' bowl-qualifying sixth win with three straight runs on Boston College's final drive, culminating with a 15-yard touchdown run. Knight also tallied on runs of 1 and 27 yards in posting his second straight 200-yard game against the Scarlet Knights. He gained 205 last year in his previous career best.
Trailing 22-13 at the half, Peterson showed a lot of poise in his first college start.
The junior college transfer hit Greg Toal on a 3-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to close the gap to 22-20.
Sands stretched the lead to 25-20 with a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, but Peterson, who was 17-of-26 for 244 yards, drove the Eagles 69 yards in six plays, hitting Larry Lester with a 17-yard scoring pass on a third-and-8 with just under six minutes to play. He added a two-point conversion to Joel Hazard.
Lester, who played at nearby Piscataway High School, also had a 48-yard catch and run on another third-and-8 play earlier in the drive.
Rutgers combined a couple of big plays and an atrocious first half by Boston College's special teams to take its lead.
Moses, who last week fumbled on a punt return in the final minute to set up Connecticut's game-winning touchdown, got behind Will Blackmon on the second play from scrimmage and scored on a 65-yard pass play.
Defensive end Raheem Orr sacked Peterson for a safety later in the quarter, and a good punt rush set up the first of two 28-yard field goals by Sands.
Knight scored on runs of 1 and 27 yards in the second quarter, but Boston College blew a point when Rutgers blocked an extra point by Mike Fassel, the son of Giants coach Jim Fassel.
Jones was almost untouched on his 81-yard kickoff return after Knight's 27-yard TD run. It was his third career kickoff return for a touchdown.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-15||4-18|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||1-2|
|TD||14:17||TRES MOSES 65 YD PASS FROM RYAN HART (RYAN SANDS KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 67 yards.
|FG||0:32||RYAN SANDS 28 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 27 yards.
|TD||12:01||DERRICK KNIGHT 1 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 14 yards.
|FG||7:34||RYAN SANDS 28 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||4:44||DERRICK KNIGHT 27 YD RUN (MIKE FASSEL KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||4:31||NATHAN JONES 81 YD KICK RETURN (RYAN SANDS KICK)||13||22|
|TD||8:31||GREG TOAL 3 YD PASS FROM PAUL PETERSON (MIKE FASSEL KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 66 yards.
|FG||13:48||RYAN SANDS 41 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 16 yards.
|TD||5:54||LARRY LESTER 17 YD PASS FROM PAUL PETERSON (JOEL HAZARD 2PT PASS FROM PAUL PETERSON)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||1:06||DERRICK KNIGHT 15 YD RUN (MIKE FASSEL KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 75 yards.