PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers football (1-2) dropped its matchup with Boston College (3-1) on Saturday afternoon at SHI Stadium. Despite a second quarter lead for the Scarlet Knights, the Eagles came back for a 30-16 win in the end.
Sophomore quarterback Artur Sitkowski recorded a touchdown pass and a career-high 304 passing yards in the loss. Junior running back Raheem Blackshear pulled in a 47-yard receiving touchdown, totaling 130 receiving yards. Junior kicker Justin Davidovicz added three field goals, the longest coming in at 50-yards.
Junior linebacker Tyshon Fogg led RU with 12 total tackles, including five solo takedowns. Sophomore cornerback Avery Young and junior linebacker Olakunle Fatukasi followed with nine tackles each in the contest.
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.
Moving into the fourth frame, Rutgers cut into the margin with a 50-yard field goal from Davidovicz that brought the score to 24-16 at the 13:09 mark. BC would tack on one more rushing touchdown to set the final margin.
Rutgers travels to Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 28 for a noon matchup on Big Ten Network.