Scores

Final

Weber State 20

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Boston College 38

(1-0, 1-0 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 4, 2010

Alumni Stadium (MA), Chestnut Hill, MA

1 2 3 4 T
WEB 3 7 3 720
BC 14 17 7 038

Top Performers

Passing: C. Higgins (WEB) - 234 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Harris (TEM) - 19 CAR, 115 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Coleman (BC) - 3 REC, 98 YDS

Mark Herzlich return sparks BC to opening victory 

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Dave Shinskie rebounded from an interception on the first play of the season by throwing touchdowns on consecutive first-quarter drives and Boston College -- bolstered by the return of cancer-survivor Mark Herzlich -- rolled past Weber State 38-20 on Saturday in the schools' season opener.

Herzlich, a linebacker and the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year, missed the 2009 season as he underwent treatment for Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Boston College led 31-10 at halftime in the teams' first meeting. It's the furthest east and north that Weber State has ever played.

Shinskie completed 10 of 20 passes for 185 yards with two interceptions and two touchdowns. Montel Harris carried 19 times for 115 yards and DeLeon Gause returned an interception 66 yards for a score for the Eagles.

After a 10-year old boy, also an Ewing's Sarcoma survivor, brought the day to an emotional start by singing the national anthem, Herzlich led the team out of the tunnel, sprinting about 10 yards ahead of his teammates before he took off his helmet in the front of the student section, jumping up and down with his arms spread wide as the crowd roared.

He was involved in a pair of tackles late in the opening quarter, and the crowd -- many aware before his name was announced -- cheered. A couple of fans in the stands behind the BC bench could be heard offering cell-phone updates of his success early in the game.

Herzlich, who missed part of summer camp with a stress fracture of his right foot, played a part-time role in the game, getting five tackles as he worked his way back into shape.

Fans entering Alumni Stadium's north entrance could see the linebacker's No. 94 jersey prominently displayed in a souvenir tent.

The season didn't start well for BC's offense. After getting whistled for a delay of game before the first play from scrimmage, Shinskie followed by throwing an interception to Wildcats' linebacker Taylor Sedillo at the Eagles' 20. Herzlich took the field for the first time since the 2008 Music City Bowl and BC's defense held, allowing only Shaun McClain's 32-yard field goal.

BC then scored on its next four possessions, opening a 24-3 lead late in the second quarter.

Harris sparked the first scoring drive, breaking free for a 21-yard run to move the ball to Weber State's 24 before Shinskie connected on a 6-yard TD toss to tight end Chris Pantale four plays later.

After holding Weber State on the next possession, BC went 76 yards in eight plays as Shinskie capped the drive by throwing a 17-yard TD pass to Ifeanyi Momah to make it 14-3.

Harris' 4-yard TD run ended a seven-play, 64-yard drive that increased it to 21-3 just 2 1/2 minutes into the second quarter. Nate Freese booted 33-yard field goal attempt to cap the next drive.

After Cameron Higgins hit Shaydon Kehano with a 24-yard TD pass for Weber State, backup quarterback Mike Marscovetra took the Eagles 63 yards for a score, hitting a wide-open Sterlin Phifer in the left corner for a 22-yard scoring pass, making it 31-10.

Weber State dropped to 3-43 in games against Division 1 FBS teams.

Gause grabbed Higgins' tipped pass along the left sideline and raced untouched for a score late in the third quarter, making it 38-13.

Josh Booker had a 4-yard scoring run for the Wildcats with 19 seconds left in the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WEB
BC
1st Downs2417
Total Yards381411
Passing277223
Rushing104188
Penalties9-574-43
3rd Down Conversions9-213-9
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers33
Possession37:3622:24

Passing Leaders

Weber StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Higgins24/392346.011
Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Shinskie10/201859.322

Rushing Leaders

Weber StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tafuna21592.8020
Booker4184.518
Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris191156.1122
Phifer7486.9033

Receiving Leaders

Weber StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Phillips66911.5020
Collins55310.6018
Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coleman39832.7044
Harris33110.3016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWEBBC
FG13:15Shaun McClain 32 Yd 30
TD09:59Chris Pantale 6 Yd Pass From Dave Shinskie (Nate Freese Kick) 37
TD05:08Ifeanyi Momah 17 Yd Pass From Dave Shinskie (Nate Freese Kick) 314
SECOND QUARTERWEBBC
TD13:55Montel Harris 4 Yd Run (Nate Freese Kick) 321
FG07:36Nate Freese 33 Yd 324
TD03:40Shaydon Kehano 24 Yd Pass From Cameron Higgins (Shaun Mcclain Kick) 1024
TD01:18Sterlin Phifer 22 Yd Pass From Mike Marscovetra (Nate Freese Kick) 1031
THIRD QUARTERWEBBC
FG07:33Shaun McClain 26 Yd 1331
TD03:20DeLeon Gause 66 Yd Interception Return (Nate Freese Kick) 1338
FOURTH QUARTERWEBBC
TD00:19Josh Booker 4 Yd Run (Shaun Mcclain Kick) 2038