PISCATAWAY, NJ – Quarterback Artur Sitkowski had his best day as a Scarlet Knight, passing for a career-high 304 yards in Rutgers' 30-16 loss to Boston College on Saturday at SHI Stadium.
The highlight for the sophomore was his 74-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Raheem Blackshear.
Junior kicker Justin Davidovicz added three field goals, including a 50-yarder, for Rutgers (1-2).
Junior linebacker Tyson Fogg led RU with 12 total tackles, including five solo takedowns. Sophomore cornerback Avery Young and junior linebacker Olakunie Fatukasi followed with nine tackles each.
Although BC put up seven points first, RU tied things up shortly after. Sitkowski connected with Blackshear for a 74-yard touchdown grab, knotting the score 7-7 with 8:03 to go in the first quarter.
The Scarlet Knights opened the second frame by adding three more points with a 23-yard field goal from Davidovicz, moving RU in the lead, 10-7, at the 14:52 mark.
Despite the Eagles following with a 1-yard rushing touchdown, Davidovicz added a 28-yard field goal to make it a one-point game at 14-13. However, with 6:36 to go until the break, BC notched its own field goal, a 37-yard attempt, to carry a 17-13 lead into halftime.
Returning from the break, Boston College extended its lead with another 1-yard rushing score to go up 24-13 with 7:56 to go in the third quarter.
Rutgers travels to Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 28 for a noon matchup on Big Ten Network.
- As part of the year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary, Rutgers celebrated the legacy of Paul Robeson during today's game. His granddaughter Susan served as an honorary team captain, his accomplishments were highlighted with in-venue videos and the Rutgers Marching Band performed a special halftime show in tribute.
- Rutgers recognized the 1970 national champion sprint medley relay team on the field during a first quarter media timeout. Coached by the late Les Wallach and sparked by Tom Ulan's lead-capturing burst in the opening 440, the team won the National AAU Championships at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 27, 1970. Ulan got the lead in the 440 leg and his teammates held it the rest of the way. John Herma ran the 100, Jim Smith the 220 and Bob Kerr the anchor 300. Rutgers won the event, which included some Olympians, by three yards with a winning time of 1:53.4.
- Rutgers recognized its 2018-19 special award winners on the field during a second quarter media timeout. Recipients of the Werblin Award, Headley-Singer Award, Coursen Award and Athletic Director's Excellence Award were Chris Mirabelli (Coursen, AD's Excellence, Werblin), Anthony Ashnault (Coursen, Werblin), Sarah Johanek (Headley-Singer, AD's Excellence, Werblin), Max Edelmann (AD's Excellence, Werblin), Kieran Mullins (AD's Excellence, Werblin), Nick Suriano (Werblin), Kyle Pless (Werblin), Taj Burgess (Werblin), Amirah Ali (Werblin), Reanda Richards (Werblin), Ella Toa (Werblin) and Elizabeth Kogan (AD's Excellence, Werblin).
- Rutgers and Boston College met for the 27th time in the first meeting since 2004.
- RB Raheem Blackshear
- Had a 74-yard touchdown reception for the longest play of his career. It was his 12th career touchdown, sixth receiving.
- Matched career high with nine receptions, also done in the season opener against Massachusetts on Aug. 30.
- Has at least one catch in 16 consecutive games.
- Finished with a team-high 138 all-purpose yards to pace the team for the 12th time in his career.
- QB Artur Sitkowski
- Threw for a career-high 304 passing yards, his first collegiate game reaching 300. It was his fourth time with at least 200 passing yards.
- Third Rutgers quarterback to pass for over 300 yards against Boston College, joining Ray Lucas (327, 1995) and Ryan Hart (302, 2004).
- Connected with RB Raheem Blackshear on a 74-yard passing touchdown, the longest pass completion of his career.
- Completed passes to eight different receivers.
- Went 23-for-33 (69.9 percent) for best career passing completion percentage in a game.
- PK Justin Davidovicz
- Converted a career-high three field goals in as many attempts.
- Connected on a 50-yard field goal, his second career make of at least that distance.
- Improved to 5-for-5 this season and 14-for-16 in his career.
- P Adam Korsak
- Pinned all five punting attempts inside the 20-yard line, having done so in 12-of-16 attempts this season.
- RB Aaron Young
- Recorded a career-high 35 receiving yards on three catches.
- DB Avery Young
- Notched a career-high two tackles-for-loss.
- WR Isaiah Washington
- Totaled a career-high 52 receiving yards on three catches.