Scores

Final

Boston College 27

(7-3, 3-3 ACC)

(20) Florida State 17

(7-3, 4-3 ACC)

Coverage: ABC Regional coverage

8:00 PM ET, November 15, 2008

Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

1 2 3 4 T
BC 14 0 10 327
#20FSU 0 10 0 717

Top Performers

Passing: C. Crane (BC) - 181 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Harris (TEM) - 25 CAR, 121 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Gunnell (BC) - 5 REC, 37 YDS, 1 TD

Boston College upends No. 19 Florida State day after five wideouts suspended

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State got beat Saturday night in large part by a little running back it didn't recruit.

Montel Harris from nearby Jacksonville ran for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Marcellus Bowman went 87 yards with an interception for another score to help Boston College knock off the 19th-ranked Seminoles 27-17, a day after five Florida State players were suspended for fighting.

Fast Facts

• Boston College won its seventh game of the season to clinch its 10th straight winning season.

• The Eagles still control their own destiny in the ACC Atlantic Division. They can advance to the ACC championship game with wins over Wake Forest and Maryland the next two weeks.

• Boston College outgained Florida State 176-73 on the ground including 121 yards by freshman Montel Harris.

• The Seminoles entered the game averaging 205.2 rushing yards per game.

-- ESPN research

"It was a lousy week," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said.

The Eagles picked off Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder three times and held the Seminoles to just 73 yards rushing.

"When you can't run the football it throws everything at your quarterback," Bowden said. "When you can't run the ball you ain't got nothing."

And Ponder was off-target much of the game, completing 15 of 31 for 183 yards.

"We really couldn't get it together and it starts with me," Ponder said. "There were times when I definitely tried to force stuff."

It was Florida State's homecoming and the team wore all-black uniforms as did much of the crowd, but it was a motivation for BC coach Jeff Jagodzinski.

"They made a real big deal about the blackout so we got all of our guys black shirts and said, 'Well, if we're not going to be invited we'll just crash the party,'" Jagodzinski said. "And that's what we did."

Harris thought it was his homecoming.

"I wanted to show Florida State and their fans how I could play," the 190-pound back said.

"He was a guy that nobody wanted," Jagodzinski said. "He runs hard and he doesn't run like a true freshman."

Florida State (7-3, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) looked more like a team that might have partied the night before, falling behind early and never catching up.

"We got whipped," Bowden said.

After Wake Forest's loss earlier in the day at North Carolina State, the Seminoles could've taken control of the ACC's Atlantic Division, but for the second time in three weeks lost a game they were favored to win.

It was the fourth straight year the visiting team has won in this budding rivalry. Florida State knocked off a previously unbeaten and second-ranked Boston College team last year in Boston by an identical 27-17 score.

"They upset us like we upset them last year," Bowden said. "They were probably scratching their head like we are scratching our head."

Boston College (7-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) jumped to a 14-0 lead and never trailed while keeping its hopes alive for a spot in next month's ACC title game in Tampa. BC can win the Atlantic Division by beating Wake Forest and Maryland the next two weeks.

Harris scored from a yard out to give Boston College a 24-10 lead in the final minute of the third quarter before Florida State briefly made it interesting.

Florida State needs to win at Maryland next week and hope for help to have any chance to make it to Tampa. The Seminoles have trailed by double digits in their last five games, though they've won three.

Not Saturday.

Preston Parker's 29-yard touchdown pass to Greg Carr was set up by punter Graham Gano's 24-yard run on a fake and got Florida State within a touchdown in the first minute of the final quarter.

Ponder went to Carr moments later in the end zone trying for a tie, but was picked off by BC's DeLeon Gause, killing Florida State's last push.

Boston College moved 69 yards on just five plays on the game's opening drive to score on Chris Crane's 14-yard pass to Rich Gunnell. Montel Harris' 47-yard run on the first play sparked the drive. Bowman's 87-yard interception return gave BC a 14-0 lead.

Florida State played without receivers Taiwan Easterling, Bert Reed, Corey Surrency, Cameron Wade and Richard Goodman -- all suspended Friday by Bowden for a midweek fight on campus with members of a fraternity.

Gano kicked a 39-yard field goal in the first half before having his string of consecutive field goals snapped at 18 when he missed a 50-yarder early in the second half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BC
FSU
1st Downs2318
Total Yards357285
Passing181212
Rushing17673
Penalties7-517-61
3rd Down Conversions9-162-10
4th Down Conversions1-11-3
Turnovers33
Possession38:0721:53

Passing Leaders

Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Crane14/261817.011
Florida StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ponder15/311835.903

Rushing Leaders

Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris251214.8147
Haden9283.1014
Florida StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gano12424.0024
Ponder7202.9112

Receiving Leaders

Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Haden15757.0057
Robinson34314.3020
Florida StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Parker6538.8015
Owens24422.0030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBCFSU
TD12:17Rich Gunnell 14 Yd Pass From Chris Crane (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 70
TD01:04Marty Bowman 87 Yd Interception Return (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERBCFSU
TD13:06Christian Ponder 4 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick) 147
FG00:25Graham Gano 39 Yd 1410
THIRD QUARTERBCFSU
FG05:18Steve Aponavicius 19 Yd 1710
TD00:48Montel Harris 2 Yd Run (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 2410
FOURTH QUARTERBCFSU
TD14:51Greg Carr 29 Yd Pass From Preston Parker (Graham Gano Kick) 2417
FG00:20Steve Aponavicius 30 Yd 2717