GAMEDAY College Football

Rutgers 22, Boston College 21

By KEN POWTAK
Associated Press

BOSTON - Al-Shadee Salaam scored on a 22-yard run with 2:43 to play, lifting Rutgers to a 22-21 comeback victory over Boston College.

Rutgers had lost the last 11 meetings against Boston College.

Phil Jurkovec threw two of his three touchdown passes to Zay Flowers as BC opened a 21-12 lead midway through the third quarter before the Scarlet Knights rallied.

Aron Cruickshank had a 26-yard TD run and Kyle Monangai a 1-yarder for Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights got the ball at their own 4 with just under 8 minutes left and used 12 plays - 11 rushes - to grab the lead on Salaam's TD when he busted through the line and into the left corner of the end zone.

Jude McAtamney's 33-yard field had cut BC's lead to 21-15.

Jurkovec, who transferred from Notre Dame before the 2020 season, went 23 of 41 for 283 yards with two interceptions. Flowers had 10 catches for 125 yards.

After Jurkovec fumbled away a low snap that led to a TD by the Scarlet Knights, the redshirt senior found Jaden Williams in the left corner of the end zone, making it 21-12.

Monangai's score had sliced the Eagles lead to 14-12 before Rutgers failed on the 2-point attempt.

Jurkovec's first TD to Flowers was an 11-yard, back-shoulder pass into the right corner of the end zone, making it 7-0 midway into the opening quarter. His second gave the Eagles a 14-6 lead late in the second when the speedy receiver caught the ball over the middle and raced into the end zone near the right pylon for a 26-yard score.

THE TAKEAWAY

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights struggled most of the day on offense, rotating two QBs and threw for just 110 yards. It's something they'll need to figure out to be competitive in the Big Ten.

Boston College: The play of Jurkovec and Flowers will go a long way if the Eagles are to have their first season with more than seven victories since 2009. When they get into Atlantic Coast Conference play, teams are likely going to load up coverage against Flowers.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter RutBC
BC TD 8:42 Zay Flowers 11 yard TD pass from Phil Jurkovec (Connor Lytton Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter RutBC
Rut TD 13:40 Aron Cruickshank 26 yard TD run (Jude McAtamney Kick Failed) 6 7
BC TD 5:22 Zay Flowers 26 yard TD pass from Phil Jurkovec (Connor Lytton Extra Point) 6 14
Third Quarter RutBC
Rut TD 13:03 Kyle Monangai 1 yard TD run (Aron Cruickshank 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 12 14
BC TD 8:33 Jaden Williams 11 yard TD pass from Phil Jurkovec (Connor Lytton Extra Point) 12 21
Rut FG 0:11 Jude McAtamney 33 yard field goal 15 21
Fourth Quarter RutBC
Rut TD 2:43 Al-Shadee Salaam 22 yard TD run (Jude McAtamney Extra Point) 22 21
Team Stats
  Rutgers Boston College
First downs 19 20
  Rushing 11 5
  Passing 5 14
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 4-14, 29% 7-16, 44%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 42-212 28-29
Passing Yards 110 291
Return Yards 81 107
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-22-1 23-41-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-20 4-28
Punts 7 6
Fumbles Lost 2-0 4-1
Penalties - Yards 10-76 5-40
Rutgers Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
E. Simon 8 12 63 0 0
G. Wimsatt 5 9 47 0 1
A. Cruickshank 0 1 0 0 0
Boston College Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
P. Jurkovec 23 41 291 3 2
Rutgers Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Monangai 19 78 4.1 1
A. Salaam 5 53 10.6 1
G. Wimsatt 5 40 8.0 0
A. Cruickshank 3 27 9.0 1
J. Langan 6 21 3.5 0
E. Simon 2 -2 -1.0 0
Boston College Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
P. Garwo III 14 25 1.8 0
Z. Flowers 2 16 8.0 0
C. Barfield 1 0 0.0 0
E. Morehead 1 -2 -2.0 0
P. Jurkovec 10 -10 -1.0 0
Rutgers Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Langan 2 25 12.5 0
A. Cruickshank 2 19 9.5 0
V. Konopka 1 17 17.0 0
S. Ryan 1 16 16.0 0
A. Salaam 2 10 5.0 0
T. Harris 1 9 9.0 0
S. Jones 1 5 5.0 0
J. Youngblood 1 5 5.0 0
K. Monangai 2 4 2.0 0
Boston College Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Z. Flowers 10 125 12.5 2
G. Takacs 7 84 12.0 0
J. Gill 2 34 17.0 0
J. Williams 2 26 13.0 1
P. Garwo III 1 22 22.0 0
A. Sinkfield 1 0 0.0
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Rutgers Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Longerbeam 1 0
C. Braswell 1 0
Boston College Interceptions
Player Int Yards
E. Jones 1 38
Rutgers Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Korsak 7 289 41.3
Boston College Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Longman 5 217 43.4
S. Candotti 1 33 33.0
Rutgers Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Boston College Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Rutgers Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Youngblood 2 53 26.5
A. Cruickshank 1 28 28.0
Boston College Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Williams 3 69 23.0
Rutgers Missed FG
Player Length
Boston College Missed FG
Player Length
C. Lytton 44




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