As the ball dropped in Times Square, the Eagles headed to the locker room with a 21-7 lead over the Colorado State Rams. On two rushing TDs from Knight and a 50-yard pass from QB Paul Peterson to WR Larry Lester, the Boston College Eagles were up 21-0 over the Rams by the end of the first quarter.
With starting QB Bradlee Van Pelt on the sideline, the CSU Rams got off to a slow start. Van Pelt hit the field in the second quarter, and CSU hit the end zone with 10:24 left to go in the half. On a 7-yard rush by Jimmy Green, the Rams put themselves on the scoreboard just in time to welcome in the New Year with 7 points on the board.
The Rams came out charging after the half. A 40-yard pass from Van Pelt to David Anderson further narrowed the gap and the Rams' defense kept the Eagles out of the red zone in the third, creating a 21-14 Eagles lead entering the final quarter.
The Eagles defense, and more specifically T.J. Stancil, didn't settle. With his third interception of the game, T.J. Stancil helped the Eagles put the finishing touches on the Rams. Returning the pick for 27 yards, Stancil put BC in scoring position, and let the offense take over. BC's Peterson connected with Lester on a 19-yard pass to bring the score to 28-14.
The Rams failed to do much with their next drive, and the Eagles took control of the ball at the 50. With two passes and a 28-yard rush from Derrick Knight, BC earned it's final TD of 2003, and welcomed in the New Year with a 35-21 victory over the CSU Rams.
It's no wonder that BC's T.J. Stancil (FS) earned Outstanding Defensive Player of the Game honors. With three interceptions, Stancil accomplished a single-game feat that was last recorded by an Eagle in 1990. Stancil also recovered the Rams' onside kick to secure the Eagles' victory.
BC's Derrick Knight, with 30 carries and 122 rushing yards, claimed the Outstanding Offensive Player of the Game title. He scored three TDs for the Eagles, and did what he does best all night long...run.