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Final

Boston College 36

(7-2, 3-1 ACC)

West Virginia 17

(8-2, 4-1 Big 12)

12:00 PM ET, November 13, 2004

MILAN PUSKAR STADIUM, MORGANTOWN, WV

1 2 3 4 T
BC 14 10 3 936
WVU 7 0 7 317

Eagles get 1st win in Morgantown since 1990

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Defense has been Boston College's strength this season. When that didn't work on Saturday, a superb performance on special teams kept the Eagles in the hunt for their first Big East championship.

Paul Peterson threw two first-half touchdown passes and No. 21 Boston College returned two punts for scores to beat West Virginia (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) 36-17 on Saturday.

Boston College (7-2, 3-1 Big East) can earn a share of the conference title by beating Temple and Syracuse in its final season before moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference next year.

"It is a huge leap for our program and school,"" said Boston College coach Tom O'Brien, whose team hadn't won in Morgantown since 1990.

The Mountaineers (8-2, 4-1) squandered a chance to clinch their first BCS bid and a tie for a second straight conference title. West Virginia lost in November for the first time under fourth-year coach Rich Rodriguez. It also had 10-game conference and home winning streaks broken.

"We had destiny in our hands today. That's what is disappointing," Rodriguez said. "We didn't play like a good team. It will probably make us sick to watch the film."

It was supposed to be a battle between West Virginia's potent rushing attack and the Big East's top defense. Though West Virginia outgained Boston College 452-243, the contest was decided on special teams.

DeJuan Tribble returned a first-quarter punt 41 yards for a score and Will Blackmon went 71 yards for a TD with a punt return in the fourth quarter. They were the first punt returns for scores by the Eagles in two years.

"That was the defining factor," O'Brien said. "The two punt returns were huge. We broke some tackles and after that they were not going to catch us."

Eagles freshman Ryan Ohliger kicked field goals of 44, 47 and 36 yards.

Boston College quieted a capacity crowd with several long kickoff returns and pinned West Virginia deep in its own territory on many punts and kickoffs.

The Mountaineers fumbled away the second-half kickoff, leading to an Ohliger field goal for a 27-7 lead.

"Special teams were embarrassing," Rodriguez said. "Every time they started with the ball on offense, they had the ball past midfield. Every time we started the ball on offense, it seemed like we had to go 90 (yards)."

West Virginia worked too methodically to mount a comeback. An 18-play drive ended with Rasheed Marshall's 6-yard scoring pass to Chris Henry at the end of the third quarter.

That gave Henry a school-record 12 TD catches this season, breaking the mark of 11 set by Reggie Rembert in 1989.

Henry had catches of 41 and 20 yards on West Virginia's next drive, but the Eagles defense stopped the drive inside the BC 10. Brad Cooper kicked a short field goal to finish the scoring for the Mountaineers.

"We had a long field all day and it kind of hurt us," Marshall said.

Peterson was 18-of-30 for 162 yards, including a 10-yard TD pass to L.V. Whitworth on Boston College's first possession and a 1-yard scoring toss to David Kashetta just before halftime for a 24-7 lead.

"We were really clicking today," Peterson said. "I hope this game helps everyone realize what BC can do."

Marshall went 21-of-35 for 224 yards. Kay-Jay Harris rushed for 112 yards and Marshall had 100 on the ground.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BC
WVU
1st Downs1421
Total Yards243462
Passing162224
Rushing81238
Penalties4-215-34
3rd Down Conversions8-188-22
4th Down Conversions0-02-5
Turnovers03
Possession25:4334:17

Passing Leaders

Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Peterson18/301625.420-
West VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Marshall21/352246.411-
Hales0/200.001-

Rushing Leaders

Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Whitworth18844.7022
Callender8273.4010
West VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris191125.9047
Marshall201005.0130

Receiving Leaders

Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lee5428.4014
Lester36622.0029
West VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Henry811814.8141
Pennington5489.6016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBCWVU
TD12:13L.V. WHITWORTH 10 YD PASS FROM PAUL PETERSON (RYAN OHLIGER KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yards.
70
TD4:41DEJUAN TRIBBLE 41 YD PUNT RETURN (RYAN OHLIGER KICK)140
TD1:37RASHEED MARSHALL 2 YD RUN (BRAD COOPER KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 73 yards.
147
SECOND QUARTERBCWVU
FG8:39RYAN OHLIGER 44 YD FG
Drive info: 11 plays, 43 yards.
177
TD0:08DAVID KASHETTA 1 YD PASS FROM PAUL PETERSON (RYAN OHLIGER KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yards.
247
THIRD QUARTERBCWVU
FG13:53RYAN OHLIGER 47 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, -8 yards.
277
TD1:00CHRIS HENRY 6 YD PASS FROM RASHEED MARSHALL (BRAD COOPER KICK)
Drive info: 18 plays, 91 yards.
2714
FOURTH QUARTERBCWVU
FG11:04BRAD COOPER 25 YD FG
Drive info: 11 plays, 83 yards.
2717
FG7:57RYAN OHLIGER 36 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 18 yards.
3017
TD6:02WILL BLACKMON 71 YD PUNT RETURN (MISSED KICK)3617