NCAAF Game Recap - Boston College at Rutgers
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Char
10
Clem
52
F
SMiss
7
Ala
49
F
ND
17
UGA
23
F
LSU
66
Vand
38
F
MiaOH
5
OHSt
76
F
Aub
28
TxAM
20
F
Tenn
3
Fla
34
F
Utah
23
USC
30
F
Mich
14
Wisc
35
F
OkSt
30
Tex
36
F
UCF
34
Pitt
35
F
Oreg
21
Stan
6
F
UCLA
67
WaSt
63
F
AF
19
Boise
30
F
OD
17
UVA
28
F
Wash
45
BYU
19
F
Cal
28
Miss
20
F
Colo
34
AzSt
31
F
SMU
41
TCU
38
F
Hou
31
Tul
38
F
FLInt
31
LaTec
43
F
MSU
31
NW
10
F
ULMon
20
IASt
72
F
Elon
7
Wake
49
F
WestMI
33
Syr
52
F
BC
30
Rut
16
F
UConn
3
Ind
38
F
Mor
21
Army
52
F
CoCar
62
UMass
28
F
ULLaf
45
Ohio
25
F
CenCt
29
E Mi
34
F
Troy
35
Akr
7
F
BGSU
20
Kent
62
F
SoAl
3
UAB
35
F
Wyo
21
Tuls
24
F
App
34
UNC
31
F
Lou
24
FlaSt
35
F
Temp
22
Buff
38
F
SCar
14
Mizzu
34
F
KY
13
MisSt
28
F
C Mi
12
MiaFL
17
F
NMSt
52
NM
55
F
WVU
29
Kans
24
F
W&M
7
ECU
19
F
Hamp
27
Lib
62
F
Wagn
7
FlAtl
42
F
GASt
34
TxSt
37
F(2OT)
SIU
28
ArkSt
41
F
Bayl
21
Rice
13
F
Ball
23
NCSt
34
F
UTSA
3
NorTx
45
F
SJSU
31
Ark
24
F
Nev
37
UTEP
21
F
Neb
42
Ill
38
F
SacSt
20
Fres
34
F
Toled
41
ColSt
35
F
UtSt
23
SDSU
17
F
C Ark
16
Hawaii
35
F

Sep 21, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Boston College (3-1)

7

10

7

6

30

Rutgers (1-2)

7

6

0

3

16

Dillon runs for 150 yards, 2 scores as BC runs over Rutgers
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:33 PM

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Coach Steve Addazio needed a response from Boston College after being embarrassed last week and his offense line, and running back AJ Dillon gave it to him in one of those early must-win games.

Dillon ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns and Boston College bounced back from a horrible 24-point loss to Kansas and beat Rutgers 30-16 on Saturday.

"I feel a lot better today from the standpoint that we responded. That's a growing thing," said Addazio, whose team was a 21-point favorite a week ago. "That's a thing that you have to grow in football. You got to get punched in the face - when you get punched in the face you got to be able to learn how to respond."

Boston College (3-1) did on a day almost 20 players and coaches returned to New Jersey.

Local product Anthony Brown scored on a quarterback sneak and running back David Bailey tallied on a career-long 42-yard run as the Eagles ground out 272 yards in handing Rutgers (1-2) its second straight loss.

"After last week, obviously came off disappointing loss," said Dillon, who scored on second-half runs of 1 and 4 yards. "We had to look within and I don't want to be over theoretical or anything like that, but we had to take a step back and realize what was important to us."

The important thing was hanging together and playing tough. The Eagles did it on both sides of the ball.

The win was Boston's College's 11th straight over the Scarlet Knights, and it extended its unbeaten streak against them to 14 games (13-0-1). This was the first game between the two founding members of the Big East Conference since 2004. The Eagles left the following year to join the ACC. Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014.

Aaron Boumerhi kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to give the Eagles a 17-13 lead. Dillon scored from a yard out on Boston's College's next offensive series to cap a 13-play, 82-yard drive on which he ran eight times for 44 yards. The junior added a 4-yard TD run with 6:32 to play, his 30th career rushing touchdown.

Art Sitkowski, who started at quarterback with McLane Carter out with a concussion, connected with halfback Raheem Blackshear on a short first-quarter swing pass for a 74-yard scoring play. Justin Davidovicz kicked field goal of 23, 28 and 50 yards for Rutgers, which is coming off a 1-11 season.

"I'm just trying to work like heck to get our football team to play better on Saturdays is about what my concern is," said Rutgers coach Chris Ash, who is 8-31 since taking over in 2016.

When asked if he was worried about keeping his job, Ash focused elsewhere.

"No. I'm worried about our football team," he said.

Davidovicz's short field goal gave the Scarlet Knights a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter, but Brown scored from a yard out with 9:48 left in the half, shortly after Medhi El Attrach recovered a Blackshear fumble at the Rutgers 12.

Boston College never lost the lead, although Rutgers was within 17-13 at the half and got the ball to start the final 30 minutes.

THE TAKEAWAY

Boston College: Playing its first road game, the Eagles needed this one after being ripped 48-24 by Kansas, a program known as one of the worst Power Five teams. Boston College had been a 21-point favorite. It was the Eagles first road win over a Big Ten opponent since 2003 against Penn State.

Rutgers: Sitkowski, who struggled starting as a true freshman, played especially well in filling in for Carter, a graduate transfer from Texas Tech. Sitkowski was 23 of 33 for career best 304 yards. He had a late interception trying to force a play. "I thought I played well," he said. "I distributed the football. I extended plays. I have to do better in the red zone and score more points." He refused to speculate on his role next week.

HEADSLAP REWARD:

Rutgers center Mike Maietti had an interesting congratulatory reward for Sitkowski after his long touchdown pass play. He ran up to the quarterback and seemed to punch him in the helmet.

The media asked to talk to Maietti after the game but he did not come to the room for post-game comments.

Sitkowski seemed shocked the play was trending.

"I don't even remember what happened," Sitkowski said. "I don't remember. I guess I'll see it later.

PUNTING:

Rutgers Adam Korsak, the former Australian rules football player, had another monster game. He punted five times, averaged 44.2 yards and put every one inside the 20, including four between the 5- and 10-yard lines.

UP NEXT

Boston College: plays host to ACC foe Wake Forest next Saturday, Sept. 28.

Rutgers: back in Big Ten next Saturday, Sept. 28, at Michigan.

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Passing

BC Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Brown 25 13 52.0 0 159 26 0 71.9
Rut Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
I. Pacheco 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
A. Sitkowski 33 23 69.7 1 304 74 1 96.0

Rushing

BC Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Dillon 32 150 4.7 15 2
D. Bailey 12 82 6.8 42 1
Rut Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
I. Pacheco 17 47 2.8 11 0
B. Melton 2 21 10.5 21 0

Receiving

BC Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
H. Long 3 38 12.7 15 0
B. Glines 2 31 15.5 24 0
Rut Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Blackshear 9 130 14.4 74 1
I. Washington 3 52 17.3 25 0

Fumbles

Rut F FL
R. Blackshear 1 1

Returning

BC KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Levy 2 9.0 0 14 1 6.0 0 6
Rut KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Young 0 - 0 0 3 5.0 0 9
T. Avery 2 25.0 0 28 0 - 0 0

Punting

BC Punt Yds Avg LgPu
G. Carlson 6 264 44.0 51
Rut Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Korsak 5 221 44.2 54

Takeaways

BC Int Yds InTD
M. Palmer 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

BC Rut
Points For 30 16
Total Yards 436 380
Rushing Yards 277 76
Passing Yards 159 304
Passing Completions / Attempts 13/26 23/34
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 27 14
Penalties - Yards 8/50 11/100
Time Of Possession 24:24 36:36
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/19 4/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 6/44 5/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter BC Rut
BC 1:48 TD David Bailey 42 yd run (Aaron Boumerhi kick) 7 0
Rut 8:06 TD Raheem Blackshear 74 yd pass from Artur Sitkowski (Justin Davidovicz kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter BC Rut
Rut 0:08 FG Justin Davidovicz 23 yd FG 7 10
BC 5:12 TD Anthony Brown 1 yd run (Aaron Boumerhi kick) 14 10
Rut 14:16 FG Justin Davidovicz 28 yd FG 14 13
BC 15:00 FG Aaron Boumerhi 37 yd FG 17 13
3rd Quarter BC Rut
BC 7:04 TD AJ Dillon 1 yd run (Aaron Boumerhi kick) 24 13
4th Quarter BC Rut
Rut 1:51 FG Justin Davidovicz 50 yd FG 24 16
BC 8:28 TD AJ Dillon 4 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 30 16

Game Information

Stadium: SHI Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey
Attendance: 32,217
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