Scores

Final

Bowling Green 24

(3-2, 1-2 away)

(7) Boston College 55

(6-0, 5-0 home)

12:00 PM ET, October 6, 2007

Alumni Stadium (MA), Chestnut Hill, MA

1 2 3 4 T
BGSU 3 7 0 1424
#7BC 7 31 14 355

Top Performers

Passing: M. Ryan (BC) - 312 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: A. Callender (BC) - 15 CAR, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: F. Barnes (BGSU) - 8 REC, 112 YDS, 2 TD

Ryan throws four TDs as No. 7 Eagles breeze

BOSTON (AP) -- 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
BGSU
BC
1st Downs2626
Total Yards465471
Passing401325
Rushing64146
Penalties12-923-33
3rd Down Conversions7-135-9
4th Down Conversions2-31-1
Turnovers61
Possession28:2031:40

Passing Leaders

Bowling GreenC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sheehan27/432756.415
Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ryan24/323129.840

Rushing Leaders

Bowling GreenCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bullock7273.9012
Macon22412.0112
Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Callender15744.919
Whitworth13503.8010

Receiving Leaders

Bowling GreenRECYDSAVGTDLG
Barnes811214.0232
Partridge121008.3016
Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jarvis410225.5171
Callender58416.8251

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBGSUBC
FG10:37Sinisa Vrvilo 40 Yd
Drive: 14 plays, 56 yds, 4:23
30
TD07:39Andre Callender 51 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Steve Aponavicius Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 81 yds, 2:51
30
SECOND QUARTERBGSUBC
TD11:28Andre Callender 14 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Steve Aponavicius Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 60 yds, 2:32
314
TD08:55Freddie Barnes 6 Yd Pass From Tyler Sheehan (Sinisa Vrvilo Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 65 yds, 2:33
1014
TD06:01Andre Callender 4 Yd Run (Steve Aponavicius Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 36 yds, 2:42
1021
TD05:32Jamie Silva 65 Yd Interception Return (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 1028
FG03:00Steve Aponavicius 45 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 24 yds, 1:45
1031
TD02:12Nick Larkin 7 Yd Interception Return (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 1038
THIRD QUARTERBGSUBC
TD11:14Justin Jarvis 71 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Steve Aponavicius Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 3:46
1045
TD03:25Brandon Robinson 14 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Steve Aponavicius Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 80 yds, 4:13
1052
FOURTH QUARTERBGSUBC
TD14:54Freddie Barnes 32 Yd Pass From Anthony Glaud (Sinisa Vrvilo Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 53 yds, 3:22
1752
FG10:40Steve Aponavicius 25 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 18 yds, 4:02
1755
TD03:05Dan Macon 12 Yd Run (Sinisa Vrvilo Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 40 yds, 1:52
2455