Scores

Final

Miami (FL) 14

(5-7, 2-6 ACC)

Boston College 28

(10-2, 6-2 ACC)

12:00 PM ET, November 24, 2007

Alumni Stadium, CHESTNUT HILL, MA

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 0 7 714
BC 0 14 0 1428

Top Performers

Passing: M. Ryan (BC) - 369 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Callender (BC) - 15 CAR, 96 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Gunnell (BC) - 9 REC, 135 YDS

BC ends 15-game losing skid vs. Miami

BOSTON (AP) -- Boston College ended a 15-game losing streak against Miami to head into the Atlantic Coast Conference title game with a victory.

Topping The Charts
Matt Ryan

Boston College QB Matt Ryan threw three touchdowns against Miami, giving him 28 on the season to set the Eagles' single-season record.

QB TDs Year
Matt Ryan 28 2007
Doug Flutie 27 1984
Brian St. Pierre 25 2001
Glenn Foley 25 1993

And the Eagles (No. 14 BCS, No. 15 AP) didn't even need Doug Flutie to do it.

Matt Ryan threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead BC to a 28-14 win, BC's first victory over Miami since the 1984 "Hail Flutie" pass that ended one of the greatest games in college football history.

"What Doug did ... and all that, that was great," BC coach Jeff Jagodzinski said. "Now they're going to talk about what Ryan did and what [safety Jamie] Silva did and what [defensive lineman] Nick Larkin did. We've done something special up to this point, and it's a good thing to keep building on the tradition."

Boston College (10-2, 6-2 ACC) will play for the conference championship in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 1 against Virginia Tech, which beat Virginia 33-21 for the Coastal Division title Saturday. BC already clinched the Atlantic Division with last week's victory over Clemson.

But they wanted the win, anyway.

"Coach was telling us we didn't want to go in with a flat tire, with a setback," said receiver Rich Gunnell, who caught nine passes for a career-high 135 yards. "We want to go in with all the momentum we can."

The Hurricanes (5-7, 2-6) failed to qualify for a bowl game for the first time in 10 years.

"Very disappointing," coach Randy Shannon said. "A lot of guys' expectations when they come to the University of Miami is to win."

The Eagles beat the Hokies on Oct. 25 when Ryan threw a 24-yard touchdown pass across the field with 11 seconds left. The victory propelled him into the race for the Heisman Trophy, an award no BC player has won since Flutie did following the 48-yard pass to Gerard Phelan as time expired that beat Miami on Thanksgiving weekend in 1984.

But Ryan fell back out of the race with the Eagles' back-to-back losses to Florida State and Maryland, which dropped them from No. 2 in The Associated Press rankings down to No. 18. Virginia Tech has won four in a row since losing to BC, including the winner-take-all matchup against Virginia.

"We knew the other team was going to come in with a win," Ryan said. "We wanted to match their momentum."

Ryan completed 26 of 43 passes and finished the regular season with 28 touchdowns for the season to break the school record Flutie set in '84. Andre Callender ran 15 times for 96 yards and a 45-yard touchdown that made it 28-14 after Miami hung close for most of the game.

The Eagles won 10 regular-season games for the second consecutive season. With a victory next Saturday, they would play in the Orange Bowl -- their first ever appearance in a Bowl Championship Series game.

Kyle Wright completed 23-of-42 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, finishing his college career with 478 completions to pass Bernie Kosar and move into third on Miami's all-time list. But Wright also threw an interception and lost a fumble.

BC's turnovers kept it close, and the Hurricanes cut the deficit to 14-7 early in the third on a 23-yard pass to Ryan Hill, one play after Glenn Sharpe intercepted Ryan. Near the end of the quarter, BC got the ball on Wright's fumble, then Ryan fumbled it back two plays later.

Wright led the Hurricanes on an eight-play, 41-yard drive, hitting Sam Shields from the 2 to tie it with 11:44 left in the game.

That's when BC took over the game.

Ryan hit Gunnell on the right sideline and he broke free for a 49-yard gain, and then Clarence Megwa laid out for a 22-yard touchdown pass to complete the two-play, 16-second drive that made it 21-14. After Miami went three-and-out, Callender broke through the middle and went 45 yards to the end zone.

"We had some momentum coming back, then they come back and score," Wright said, his eyes watery as he spoke. "Two plays, they take the lead back. It felt like we were going to win. It hurts that we lost."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
BC
1st Downs1919
Total Yards281462
Passing198369
Rushing8393
Penalties7-405-38
3rd Down Conversions5-164-13
4th Down Conversions1-41-1
Turnovers24
Possession34:3125:29

Passing Leaders

Miami (FL)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wright23/421984.721
Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ryan26/433698.632

Rushing Leaders

Miami (FL)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas15432.9012
Cooper4184.5012
Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Callender15966.4145
Whitworth351.704

Receiving Leaders

Miami (FL)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Shields5397.8117
Hill23015.0123
Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gunnell913515.0049
Megwa46716.8122

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERMIABC
TD08:10L.V. Whitworth 8 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Steve Aponavicius Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 2:14
07
TD00:29Kevin Challenger 5 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Steve Aponavicius Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 32 yds, :16
014
THIRD QUARTERMIABC
TD12:07Ryan Hill 23 Yd Pass From Kyle Wright (Francesco Zampogna Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 23 yds, :06
714
FOURTH QUARTERMIABC
TD11:44Sam Shields 2 Yd Pass From Kyle Wright (Francesco Zampogna Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 59 yds, 3:17
1414
TD11:21Clarence Megwa 20 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Steve Aponavicius Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 69 yds, :16
1421
TD08:26Andre Callender 45 Yd Run (Steve Aponavicius Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 75 yds, 1:10
1428