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Boston College 37, Rutgers 13

October 19, 1996

BOSTON (AP) _ Mike Cloud, Omari Walker and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck each had first-half touchdown runs as Boston College posted its first Big East victory, 37-13 over struggling Rutgers Saturday.

The Eagles (4-3, 1-2 Big East) scored on their first four possessions en route to a 24-0 lead. Cloud, a running back, posted his fourth career 100-yard gain, rushing for 104 yards on 14 carries.

Rutgers (1-6, 0-4) dropped its sixth straight since a season-opening 38-28 win over Villanova.

The Eagles scored first on John Matich’s 35-yard field goal, capping a 17-play drive which lasted 7:22. After stopping Rutgers, Boston College drove to Cloud’s 26-yard TD run that made it 10-0 with 71 seconds left in the first quarter.

After blocking a field goal attempt, BC marched 80 yards in nine plays, with Hasselbeck scoring on a 3-yard run to make it 17-0.

An illegal-kick penalty against Rutgers gave BC the ball at the Scarlet Knights 5 and Walker’s 4-yard run made it 24-0. The unusual illegal kick call came after Rutgers punter Jared Slovan had the snap sail over his head. He raced back and booted the loose ball out of the end zone.

Rutgers’ Derek Ward returned a blocked punt 26 yards to cut the margin to 24-6 with 28 seconds left in the half.

Matich’s 21-yard field goal in the third quarter increased BC’s lead to 27-6.

Rutgers backup quarterback Ralph Sacca’s 8-yard scoring run late in the third quarter narrowed the score to 27-13.

But Matich’s third field goal, a 37-yarder, made it 30-13 and Kiernan Speight’s 6-yard fumble return in the closing minutes completed the scoring.

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