Friday, December 13, 2002
Boston College 31, Arizona State 17
HONOLULU -- If Tom O'Brien decides to leave, the Boston College Eagles certainly gave him a rousing sendoff.
Tim Hasselbeck threw two long second-half touchdown passes and
Cedric Washington scored on an 11-yard run as the Eagles beat
Arizona State 31-17 in the Aloha Bowl on Monday.
O'Brien has been prominently mentioned as a replacement for the
retiring George Welsh at Virginia. O'Brien has long ties with Welsh
at Navy and with the Cavaliers, who won Sunday's Oahu Bowl over
The game marked the end of Bruce Snyder's term at Arizona State.
He was fired late in the season and will be replaced by former
Boise State coach Dirk Koetter.
With the teams playing to a 10-10 tie at the half, Boston
College (7-5) scored twice in a two-minute span of the third
quarter to break the game open.
The scores came on Hasselbeck's passes of 58 yards to Dedrick
Dewalt and 40 yards to Ryan Read. Two series later, Washington put
the game out of reach with his 11-yard run.
Hasselbeck did not post impressive numbers, going only 8-of-21,
but the long-gainers more than offset the low passing percentage.
The Eagles also got a strong performance out of Washington, who
picked up 109 yards on 22 carries while filling in for suspended
starter William Green.
The first half was one of missed opportunities.
Arizona State (6-6) got on the board on its first possession
with Tom Pace capping a 46-yard drive with a 14-yard run.
The Eagles moved ahead Washington's 10-yard run and Mike
Sutphin's career-best 50-yard field goal, but Mike Barth countered
with a 28-yard field goal to tie it.
But both teams failed to take advantage of good field position.
The Sun Devils got to the BC 19, but Willie Poole picked off
Jeff Krohn's pass in the end zone. They got to the Eagles' 1 in the
second quarter, but Griffin Goodman fumbled and Paul Cook pounced
on it for Boston College. It was one of five Arizona State
turnovers in the game.
Goodman was inserted into the lineup after Krohn dislocated his
right shoulder in the second quarter.
The Eagles got to the Arizona State 7 in the first half, but a
fake field goal went awry.
Arizona State's final score came with 51 seconds left, with Matt
Cooper hitting Ryan Dennard.
|Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck threw two touchdown passes in the win over ASU.|