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Boston College 31, Arizona State 17
Associated Press

HONOLULU -- If Tom O'Brien decides to leave, the Boston College Eagles certainly gave him a rousing sendoff.

Tim Hasselbeck
Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck threw two touchdown passes in the win over ASU.

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 Georgia 37-14.

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.

2000-2001 Bowl Results

 BC's Tim Hasselbeck finds Dedrick Dewalt downfield for a 58-yard touchdown strike.
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 Boston College QB Tim Hasselbeck goes 52 yards on a quarterback draw to set up a Cedric Washington TD.
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 Tom Pace breaks tackles on way to a 14-yard ASU touchdown.
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 The Eagles' Ryan Read stretches out to haul in a 40-yard TD pass from Tim Hasselbeck.
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 BC linebacker Ryan Burch picks off Griffin Goodman to set up an Eagles' score.
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 Bruce Snyder is disappointed to not get a win in his last game as coach of the Sun Devils.
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 Tom O'Brien and his BC Eagles are happy to accept the Aloha Bowl trophy.
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