Eagles Claim 20-3 Season Opening Victory
Sept. 3, 2005
PROVO, Utah (AP) - Quinton Porter passed for 232 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in nearly two years and No. 22 Boston College beat Brigham Young 20-3 Saturday to spoil the debut of new BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall.
Porter, who redshirted last year after starting 10 games in 2003 before missing the end of the season with a hand injury, completed 27 of 35 passes. Both his touchdowns came on passes to Chris Miller to lead the Eagles past the Cougars in the season opener for both teams.
BYU lost for the 11th straight time against a ranked opponent and lost its first season opener since 2000.
John Beck completed 41 of 60 passes for 330 yards - all but 8 of the Cougars' 338-yard total.
While BYU seemed to rediscover the short pass in the first game under offensive coordinator Robert Anae, the Cougar defense could never quite figure it out. BC kept BYU off balance in a 12-play, 80-yard drive that put the Eagles up 17-3 on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 4-yard pass from Porter to Miller.
BC converted on three third downs during the drive, including a short pass to Will Blackmon that turned into a 25-yard play. Blackmon, who moved cornerback to receiver this season, finished with eight catches for 100 yards.
Miller's second touchdown of the game seemed to sap the 58,180 fans and the loudest noises coming from the stands the rest of the way were "boos" directed at the officials and at least once toward the Cougars themselves.
It was a frustrating first game for Mendenhall, the defensive coordinator who was promoted after Gary Crowton resigned following BYU's third straight losing season. The Cougars were called for 10 penalties - six in the first half - and dropped several passes that could have easily been completions.
The Cougars also had a chance to down a punt inside the BC 20, but the ball rolled past several players into the end zone for a touchback.
BYU's only score came on Jared McLaughlin's 35-yard field goal early in the third quarter that cut the lead to 10-3.
Boston College took a 7-0 lead on a 14-yard pass over the middle to Miller on third-and-9 late in the first quarter. The Eagles went 45 yards in four plays during the 80-yard drive, gaining 25 when Blackmon caught a sideline pass, stopped and let BYU's Chris Hale run right past before taking off down the BYU sideline.
BYU reached the BC 19 later in the quarter, but two holding penalties set the Cougars back 20 yards and McLaughlin's 48-yard field goal attempt was blocked. BC got the ball back at the BYU 44 and went 45 yards on the first play, a pass to Jason Lilly to help set up Ryan Ohliger's 39-yard field goal with 3 seconds in the half.
Ohliger added a 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Cougars had another drive reach the BC 31 in the first half and went for it on fourth-and-1. Beck kept the ball and appeared to get the ball across the 30, but the ball was marked at the 31 and the Eagles got the ball. The crowd booed loudly after the spot and was even louder after a television time out.