Knight's Heroics Secure Victory Over Stanford, 34-27
Sept. 7, 2002
BOSTON (AP) - Derrick Knight's 12-yard touchdown run with 36 seconds remaining lifted Boston College to a 34-27 comeback win over Stanford Saturday.
The loss spoiled the debut of Stanford head coach Buddy Teevens, who took over when Tyrone Willingham left for Notre Dame.
Stanford (0-1) led Boston College 27-17 late in the third quarter until Knight led the Eagles (2-0) come back.
Knight, who lost the starting job during preseason, came off the bench and ran for 104 yards on 21 carries. He capped a five-play, 65-yard drive by bursting up the middle for the game-winning score.
Eagles quarterback Brian St. Pierre completed 22 of 36 passes for 260 yards and one TD, but was intercepted three times.
Stanford freshman quarterback Kyle Matter completed 17 of 27 passes for 244 yards and one TD. Starting QB Chris Lewis was serving a one-game suspension for an NCAA rules violation.
Michael Sgroi's second field goal, a 24-yarder early in the third quarter, moved Stanford ahead 20-17. Linebacker Michael Craven then returned an interception 33 yards for a TD, giving the Cardinal a 10-point edge with 1:44 left in the third quarter.
But Boston College cut it to 27-24 on Knight's 10-yard TD run with 12:15 left in the fourth after linebacker Josh Ott recovered a fumble and returned it to the Cardinal 10.
After holding Stanford the next series, Sandro Sciortino kicked a career-best 40-yard field goal, tying it at 27 with 6:27 to go.
BC then got the ball back at its 35 and moved in for the game-winning score.
The teams were tied at 17 at halftime.
Stanford scored first on Sgroi's 42-yard field goal after BC's Horrace Dodd fumbled on a second-and-goal from the 4.
BC grabbed a 7-3 lead when St. Pierre hit Sean Ryan with a 3-yard TD pass early in the second quarter, but Stanford regained the lead on Matter's 7-yard scoring toss to Teyo Johnson.
Stanford made it 17-7 on Matter's 10-yard TD run after a Leigh Torrence interception.