BOSTON (AP) -- Boston College (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) wore throwback uniforms to
honor Doug Flutie's team on Saturday.
The Eagles should have looked back even further.
Paul Peterson scored on a 1-yard run and threw for a touchdown
to lead BC to a 21-10 victory over Rutgers and clinch a sixth
consecutive winning season for the first time in half a century.
"It's six years in a row we've got six wins. We made ourselves
bowl-eligible," coach Tom O'Brien said. "But we're not satisfied
with where we are."
BC posted seven winning seasons in a row from 1953-59 under Mike
Holovak. The team played in Fenway Park for the first four of those
seasons until Alumni Stadium was built.
Peterson was 22-of-38 for 296 yards for BC (6-2, 2-1 Big East),
but also fumbled once and threw two interceptions. The Eagles moved
into the rankings for the first time since the 2001 season after
beating Notre Dame on Oct. 23.
Ryan Hart completed 29 of 43 passes for 302 yards -- his fifth
game of the year over 300 yards. But he also had three
interceptions as Rutgers (4-5, 1-4) lost for the third consecutive
week, and for the second week in a row to a ranked opponent.
"We did too many things tonight that aren't what good football
teams do," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said.
The Scarlet Knights lost last week to No. 15 West Virginia,
which hosts BC next Saturday.
BC is leaving the conference for the Atlantic Coast Conference
next year. But with victories over West Virginia, Temple and
Syracuse, the Eagles could earn the BCS bid in a depleted
conference that has already lost Miami and Virginia Tech.
"We're still in it," O'Brien said. "The championship road
goes through Morgantown and we still have to go there."
Since beating Boston College in the Big East's first game,
Rutgers is 0-12-1 against the Eagles. The Scarlet Knights took a
10-7 lead in the third quarter, but Peterson went 8-for-9 for 121
yards on the next two drives with two TDs -- one running and one
"It's almost like we've got to wait for them to take the lead
so we get ticked off," Peterson said.
On a day when BC wore the throwback uniforms from 1984 -- the
year of Flutie's last-second touchdown pass to Gerald Phelan to
beat Miami -- the Eagles didn't need any luck.
BC took the lead on the fifth play of the game when Mathias
Kiwanuka intercepted Hart at the Rutgers 32 and ran it in,
stretching to put the ball over the goal line. But the Eagles
couldn't expand their lead in the first half despite plenty of
On BC's first drive, Peterson scrambled and found Grant Adams at
the 5, but he dropped the pass. Ryan Ohliger's 34-yard field-goal
attempt was wide to the right.
In the second quarter, BC had a first-and-goal from the 3 but
couldn't score. Peterson couldn't connect with Adams on first down;
Andre Callender ran it to the 1 and then Callender couldn't punch
it in on third or fourth down.
That left it 7-7 at the half.
Joe Porter intercepted Peterson's pass on the first drive of the
second half, but Rutgers could only get to the 37 before Jeremy Ito
missed a 55-yard field-goal attempt, short and to the right.
On BC's next possession, Peterson tried to scramble free but
lost the ball after an 18-yard sack, giving Rutgers the ball on the
BC 32. Ito converted a 24-yard field goal to give the Scarlet
Knights a 10-7 lead.
It was their only lead of the game and it only lasted 75
On BC's next possession, Peterson hit Adams for 20 yards to the
Rutgers 27 and then found Larry Lester at the 2, in the corner.
Lester fumbled when he was hit but, in reaching for the ball, he
knocked it out of bounds at the 1. Rutgers drew a misconduct
penalty arguing that Lester never caught the ball, moving it even
closer before Peterson took it in on a sneak to make it 14-10 with
3:42 left in the third quarter.
"The big play was not a catch. That's what I saw," Schiano
said. "We have to be able to overcome that."
BC made it 21-10 when Peterson hit David Kashetta for a 13-yard
touchdown with 13:31 left in the game.