Scores

Final

Northeastern 0

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Boston College 54

(1-0, 1-0 home)

2:00 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Alumni Stadium (MA), Chestnut Hill, MA

1 2 3 4 T
NE 0 0 0 00
BC 21 17 9 754

Top Performers

Passing: D. Shinskie (BC) - 110 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Harris (TEM) - 15 CAR, 113 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Flutie (BC) - 2 REC, 33 YDS, 1 TD

Boston College rocks overmatched Northeastern

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Montel Harris scored on a 48-yard run on Boston College's first play from scrimmage, and the Eagles ran away from Northeastern for a 54-0 victory on Saturday.

Harris ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns -- two rushing, one receiving -- in the first half. Justin Tuggle and David Shinskie failed to settle the BC quarterback competition: Both had their way with the Football Championship Subdivision Huskies. Tuggle was 3 of 5 for 56 yards, and Shinskie was 7 for 10 for 110 yards.

Billy Flutie, the nephew of BC Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, had his first career touchdown catch, and the Eagles outgained Northeastern in total offense 441-131.

Northeastern quarterback Alex Dulski left with an unspecified injury after a 2-yard run in the second quarter. Matt Carroll replaced him and went 4 of 8 for 28 yards.

It was the second career victory for new BC coach Frank Spaziani, the longtime assistant who was promoted when Jeff Jagodzinski was fired after trolling for NFL jobs. Spaziani was the interim coach for a 2006 bowl game after Tom O'Brien defected to North Carolina State.

Spaziani led the team onto the field from the tunnel. Then, he turned over the yellow towel he traditionally drapes over his shoulders to linebacker Mark Herzlich, the Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year who is sitting out this year after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

The crosstown rivals are familiar foes in February, when they play in the Beanpot with Boston University and Harvard for the area's college hockey bragging rights. What's been a bit of a mismatch on the ice -- BC has won 14 Beanpots to four for Northeastern -- has been a farce in the football season: BC is now 5-0 against Northeastern, winning by a combined score of 163-30.

After the Huskies' first possession went 3 yards, Ron Conway's punt took a BC bounce and rolled back to the Northeastern 48 before it was finally downed. Harris took the handoff from Tuggle and went left, breaking a couple of tackles near the line before heading to the end zone.

Rich Gunnell returned Northeastern's next punt for 56 yards to the Huskies' 29; five plays later Josh Haden ran it in from the 7 to make it 14-0. After another three-and-out, Shinskie took BC downfield before Harris scored from 4 yards out and it was 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The next two BC possessions were the best of the day for the Northeastern defense, which forced BC to punt and kick a field goal. But then Tuggle hit Colin Larmond Jr. for 42 yards to set up another TD, a 6-yard pass to Harris that made it 38-0.

Northeastern started the second half at its own 2 and gave up a safety when Alexander DiSanzo tackled John Griffin in the end zone. It was BC's first safety since 2006.

Backups played much of the way from there.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NE
BC
1st Downs521
Total Yards131441
Passing49205
Rushing82236
Penalties7-673-20
3rd Down Conversions2-154-11
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers00
Possession31:1228:48

Passing Leaders

NortheasternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carroll4/8283.500
Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Shinskie7/1011011.010

Rushing Leaders

NortheasternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dulski5193.806
Carroll10171.7011
Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris151137.5248
Finch7588.3148

Receiving Leaders

NortheasternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Abelli3134.307
Batts2126.008
Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Larmond Jr.14242.0042
Flutie23316.5126

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEBC
TD12:45Montel Harris 48 Yd Run (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 07
TD08:52Josh Haden 7 Yd Run (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 014
TD04:01Montel Harris 4 Yd Run (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 021
SECOND QUARTERNEBC
TD10:29Rich Gunnell 46 Yd Punt Return (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 028
FG03:51Steve Aponavicius 24 Yd 031
TD00:31Montel Harris 6 Yd Pass From Justin Tuggle (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 038
THIRD QUARTERNEBC
SF12:04Elijah Harris Tackled By Alexander DiSanzo In End Zone 040
TD08:42Billy Flutie 26 Yd Pass From Dave Shinskie (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 047
FOURTH QUARTERNEBC
TD03:14Rolandan Finch 2 Yd Run (Mike Morrissey Kick) 054