NCAA Game Summary - Boston College vs. Southern California|
(Saturday, December 26th)
Final Score: Southern California 24, Boston College 13
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Barkley threw a pair of touchdown
passes and ran for another score, as the USC Trojans held off the Boston
College Eagles, 24-13, in the Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park.
Barkley connected on 27-of-37 passes for 350 yards and two interceptions for
the Trojans (9-4), who were playing in a non-BCS bowl game for the first time
since 2001. Stanley Havili caught six passes for 83 yards and two scores while
Damian Williams hauled in 12 passes for 189 yards for Southern California,
which was making its 48th postseason appearance.
USC was without star running back Joe McKnight, who was not cleared by the
school to play in the game due to an investigation into his relationship with
a Los Angeles-area businessman. Junior running back Allen Bradford got the
start and rushed for 72 yards on 17 carries for the Trojans, who picked up
their 32nd bowl win.
"It means a lot. We came out here and played like we always played. We came
out with a victory and that's what we wanted to do," USC safety Taylor Mays
Dave Shinskie completed 14-of-33 passes for 218 yards with one touchdown and
an interception for the Eagles (8-5), who were appearing in their 11th
straight bowl game. Montel Harris carried the ball 23 times for 102 yards and
a TD. Rich Gunnell hauled in six passes for 130 yards and a score in defeat on
a rainy night in the Bay Area.
Down 17-13, the Eagles faced a 3rd-and-10 from their own 31 early in the
fourth. Shinskie was picked off by Shareece Wright near midfield, and USC
wasted little time taking advantage of the turnover.
On the first play, Barkley tossed a 48-yard pass to Williams, who made a great
catch at the one between a trio of defenders. Barkley went into the end zone
on a QB sneak to make it a 24-13 game with less than 12 minutes to play.
Boston College got to the USC 36, but a sack and incomplete pass forced the
Eagles to punt. BC got the ball back with 4:42 remaining after forcing the
Trojans to punt.
On 4th-and-7 from the USC 45, Shinskie's pass to Gunnell was incomplete. The
Trojans took over with three minutes to play and ran the clock out to preserve
"It was definitely frustrating. Especially with the missed opportunities, with
the turnovers on the 10-yard line, and we had a few dropped passes," Harris
The Trojans marched down the field and scored a touchdown on their opening
drive. USC didn't face a third down on the eight-play, 90-yard march that
Havili capped off with a 53-yard catch-and-run for a TD with six minutes left.
Southern California extended its margin with a scoring drive that bridged the
first and second periods. The Trojans converted three third downs on the 12-
play, 82-yard march, which Havili capped with a five-yard touchdown catch to
make it 14-0 with about 12 1/2 minutes to go until half.
Boston College responded with a TD of its own to get on the board. Harris
rushed for 48 yards on a 68-yard drive that resulted in a seven-yard Harris
touchdown run. The extra point went off the right upright, making it 14-6 with
about 10 minutes remaining.
The Eagles' defense then came up big, as Wes Davis picked off Barkley at the
BC 12. Boston College was faced with a 3rd-and-20 from its own 42. A pass
interference call on USC gave the Eagles a first down. Following a false start
penalty, Gunnell scored on a 61-yard catch-and-run to make it 14-13 with less
than four minutes left.
The second half started with a pair of turnovers. Marcellus Bowman intercepted
Barkley on the first play of the frame. However, Harris fumbled the ball away
and Jurrell Casey recovered for USC at the Trojans 32. Faced with 3rd-and-8 at
midfield, Ronald Johnson hauled in a 20-yard pass for a fresh set of downs.
USC settled for a 38-yard Jordan Congdon field goal for a 17-13 lead with over
nine minutes to go in the third.
After the Eagles were forced to punt, Congdon was short on a 35-yard field
goal. The score remained 17-13 heading to the fourth.
USC outgained Boston College, 438-312...The Trojans held the ball for over 34
minutes...The Eagles are the first team in Emerald Bowl history to play in the
game twice. They beat Colorado State, 35-21, in 2003 in what was then called
the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl...The Eagles had won eight straight bowl
games prior to a 16-14 loss to Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl last year.
12/27 01:49:43 ET