Bowling Green at Boston College

Behind four TDs from Ryan, Boston College smashes Bowling Green

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BOSTON -- The midpoint of the season became the high point for Boston College.

So far.

After two unimpressive wins, the seventh-ranked Eagles showed again they can dominate by beating Bowling Green 55-24 on Saturday behind Matt Ryan's four touchdown passes and the defense's four interceptions late in the first half.

Boston College is 6-0 for the first time in 65 years and has a chance to match their highest ranking in 23 years.

They want more, starting with the Atlantic Coast Conference title.

"It's a good start. That's all it is," Ryan said. "We expect to compete for conference championships and that's the goal. If you do that, bowls take care of themselves."

Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon knows the Eagles deserve to be in a big one.

"That might have been the best team, arguably, that we've ever played since I've been coaching here," said Brandon, who lost to No. 1 Ohio State last year 35-7 and became coach of the Falcons in 2003.

Ryan is one of the best quarterbacks he's ever faced.

The fifth-year senior finished 24-for-32 for 312 yards before Chris Crane took over on BC's first series of the fourth quarter. For the season, Ryan has thrown 15 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

"It was pretty good," first-year coach Jeff Jagodzinski said. "He was 13-of-14 at one point and that one we couldn't hold onto to. Matt was on today. He was pretty sharp."

The Eagles weren't nearly as sharp in beating Army and Massachusetts in their previous two games. Those followed an impressive 24-10 win at Georgia Tech.

There was nothing questionable about Saturday's rout as Boston College scored 38 straight points after Tyler Sheehan's 6-yard pass to Freddie Barnes with 8:55 left in the half cut BC's lead to 14-10.

Less than seven minutes later, it was 38-10 as the Falcons pass-happy offense backfired when BC picked off four passes in the last six minutes of the half. Two were returned for touchdowns -- 65 yards by Jamie Silva on one of his three interceptions and 7 yards by Nick Larkin -- and another led to a career-long 45-yard field goal by Steve Aponavicius.

The Eagles were well on the way to their 16th straight home victory.

"I just made some poor mistakes and bad throws," said Sheehan, a first-year starter. "They had a lot of answers for what we were doing. They had a lot of blitzes we weren't expecting."

Jagodzinski praised his defenders' ability to go after the ball.

"I told them they're going to throw the ball 50 times and you're going to get 50 chances," he said.

The half ended with BC leading 38-10, with Andre Callender scoring three touchdowns.

The big plays kept coming against Bowling Green (3-2). On the seventh play of the second half, Ryan hit Justin Jarvis along the right sideline and the wide receiver sprinted for a 71-yard touchdown.

Ryan threw two scoring passes in the first half, covering 51 and 14 yards to Callender, that gave BC a 14-3 lead. His final touchdown pass with 3:25 left in the third quarter covered 14 yards to Brandon Robinson as BC went ahead 52-10.

Anthony Glaud replaced Sheehan and threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Barnes early in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles began the 1942 season with eight straight wins and finished at 8-2. They've gone unbeaten three times, the last in 1940 when they went 11-0 and won the Sugar Bowl.

In 1984, they were ranked as high as fifth when Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie led them to a 10-2 record and a Cotton Bowl win.

The Eagles have been at home for three straight weeks. Next up will be two straight road games against Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.

Both teams came out throwing.

Sheehan completed 7-of-10 passes on the Falcons' opening drive, but they settled for a 40-yard field goal by Sinisa Vrvilo for their only lead. Sheehan went 27-for-43 for 275 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions.

"It was a spotlight that he was really fired up to be in and I think he forced some things that created those turnovers," Brandon said. "We took ourselves out of it before we had a chance to get in it."

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Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan finishes 24-for-32 for 312 yards and four touchdowns.   (AP)
Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan finishes 24-for-32 for 312 yards and four touchdowns. (AP)

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Scoring Summary
BGSINISA VRVILO 40 YD FG
BCANDRE CALLENDER 51 YD PASS FROM MATT RYAN (STEVE APONAVICIUS KICK)
BCANDRE CALLENDER 14 YD PASS FROM MATT RYAN (STEVE APONAVICIUS KICK)
BGFREDDIE BARNES 6 YD PASS FROM TYLER SHEEHAN (SINISA VRVILO KICK)
BCANDRE CALLENDER 4 YD RUN (STEVE APONAVICIUS KICK)
BCJAMIE SILVA 65 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (STEVE APONAVICIUS KICK)
BCSTEVE APONAVICIUS 45 YD FG
BCNICK LARKIN 7 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (STEVE APONAVICIUS KICK)
BCJUSTIN JARVIS 71 YD PASS FROM MATT RYAN (STEVE APONAVICIUS KICK)
BCBRANDON ROBINSON 14 YD PASS FROM MATT RYAN (STEVE APONAVICIUS KICK)
BGFREDDIE BARNES 32 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY GLAUD (SINISA VRVILO KICK)
BCSTEVE APONAVICIUS 25 YD FG
BGDAN MACON 12 YD RUN (SINISA VRVILO KICK)
 
Team Stats
 BGBC
First Downs2626
Third Down Efficiency7-135-9
Fourth Down Efficiency2-31-1
Plays-Net Yards81-46569-471
Rushes-Yds23-6435-146
Passing Yds401325
Kick Return Yds100176
Punt Return Yds00
Passes37-58-625-34-0
Punts2-921-31
Fumbles-Lost1-01-1
Penalties-Yds12-923-33
Time of Poss.28:2031:40
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
BG: Chris Bullock 7-27, Dan Macon 2-24, Willie Geter 2-7, Anthony Glaud 1-7, Anthony Turner 3-4, Freddie Barnes 1-2, Tyler Sheehan 7--7
BC: Andre Callender 15-74, L.V. Whitworth 13-50, A.J. Brooks 4-21, Matt Ryan 1-8, Team 1--3, Chris Crane 1--4
PASSING
BG: Tyler Sheehan 27-43-275-5, Anthony Glaud 10-15-126-1
BC: Matt Ryan 24-32-312-0, Chris Crane 1-2-13-0
RECEIVING
BG: Corey Partridge 12-100, Freddie Barnes 8-112, Willie Geter 4-21, Zach Charles 3-50, Pete Winovich 3-28, Keston Cheathem 2-32, Marques Parks 2-25, Derek Brighton 1-17, Chris Bullock 1-9, Tyrone Pronty 1-7
BC: Andre Callender 5-84, Justin Jarvis 4-102, Ryan Purvis 4-42, Rich Gunnell 3-21, Clarence Megwa 2-26, Ryan Thompson 2-7, Brandon Robinson 1-14, Ifeanyi Momah 1-13, A.J. Brooks 1-9, Kevin Challenger 1-8, L.V. Whitworth 1--1