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Boston College 35, Rutgers 25

11/15/2003

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.

Ryan Hart threw a 65-yard scoring pass to Tres Moses and Nate
Jones returned a kickoff 81 yards for Rutgers, which jumped to a
12-0 first quarter lead.

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.

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