NCAA Game Summary - Massachusetts at Boston College|
(Saturday, September 29th)
Final Score: (12) Boston College 24, Massachusetts 14
Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) - Andre Callender ran for a pair of
touchdowns as 12th-ranked Boston College held off Massachusetts, 24-14.
Callender finished the game with 32 carries for 115 yards and also hauled in
four passes for 20 yards for the Eagles (5-0), who have won their first five
games to start the season for the first time since 1954.
Matt Ryan went 24-for-42 for 204 yards and a touchdown while Rich Gunnell had
six catches for 97 yards for Boston College, which has won 18 of its 23
meetings with Massachusetts.
"One of the things I wanted to do was finish, play hard and be relentless,"
said Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski. "I think our guys did that today.
It wasn't pretty, but it was a win."
Liam Coen went 12-for-21 for 151 yards and two touchdowns while Rasheed
Rancher had four catches for 84 yards and a score for the Minutemen (4-1), who
were looking to win their first five games of the season for the first time
After exchanging punts, the Eagles took the lead on a 37-yard field goal from
Steve Aponavicius to cap a seven-play, 36-yard drive for a 3-0 lead with 8:18
left in the first.
The Minutemen were held to a three-and-out on their ensuing possession and the
Eagles got the ball back at midfield and built on their lead.
Ryan kept the drive alive on a 3rd-and-7 with a 17-yard completion to Gunnell.
Callender punched the ball into the end zone from a yard out for a 10-0
advantage with 3:03 left in the first.
In the second quarter, Boston College put together a 14-play, 96-yard drive
that ate up almost seven minutes of the clock to take a 17-0 lead.
The Eagles got pinned at their own four-yard line, but gave themselves some
breathing space on a six-yard catch from Callender for a first down. Later on
3rd-and-6, Ryan hooked up with Clarence Megwa on an eight-yard catch and a
15-yard roughing the passer penalty added to the play. Ryan found Justin
Jarvis in the end zone from nine yards out to complete the drive with just
2:10 left in the first half.
The Minutemen got on the board in the third as Coen hooked up with Rancher on
a 41-yard catch-and-run touchdown to make it a 17-7 game five minutes into the
Massachusetts made it a three-point game later in the third as Coen hooked up
with Jeremy Horne on a 35-yard touchdown catch to make it a 17-14 game with
5:55 left in the quarter.
However, Boston College responded on its next possession. A 10-play, 60-yard
drive was finished when Callender rumbled into the end zone from four
yards out to make it a 24-14 contest with 2:34 left in the third.
Massachusetts' Chris Koepplin missed a 46-yard field goal with 8:22 left in
the fourth quarter and the team later failed on a 4th-and-20 late in the game
as the Eagles held on for the win.
Coen left the game late in the third quarter with a left knee injury. Scott
Woodward finished the game under center and went 5-for-11 for 57
yards...Minutemen running back Matt Lawrence had 20 carries for 64
yards...Massachusetts had scored at least 35 points in its previous four
games...Boston College improved its home winning streak to 15 games.
09/29 17:58:27 ET