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Eagles Rout Owls, 38-13

Grant Adams hauls in a touchdown pass from Quinton Porter during the first quarter Saturday.

Grant Adams hauls in a touchdown pass from Quinton Porter during the first quarter Saturday.

Oct 11, 2003

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AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Quinton Porter threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns, Derrick Knight ran for 158 yards and Horace Dodd rushed for two scores as Boston College beat Temple 38-13 Saturday.

The Eagles (4-2, 1-1 Big East) started the rout with a 21-point first quarter, a day before they reportedly will be extended an invitation by the ACC to be the league's 12th team. Atlantic Coast Conference chancellors and presidents will hold a teleconference Sunday.

"We've been down this road before and we'll see what happens," said Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo. "If and when something does happen, then we'll react to it."

If Boston College follows Miami and Virginia Tech out the door, it could reopen the possibility for Temple (1-5, 0-1) to rejoin the Big East. The Owls were voted out and are set to leave the conference after the 2004 season.

The Owls, coming off their first win of the season, didn't make a strong case for reinstatement Saturday.

Knight burst through open holes against a defense ravaged by injury and inexperience. There were blown coverage assignments and almost no pressure on Porter, who used efficient passing for a season high in yards.

Knight opened the game with a 34-yard run down the right sideline. He added two more 11-yard runs, setting up a 13-yard TD run by Dodd.

Temple's Mike McGann had a pass intercepted by cornerback Will Blackmon at BC's 4-yard line on its first possession, and the Eagles would capitalize.

Knight had a 42-yard run and four plays later Porter threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Grant Adams for a 14-0 lead.

Horace Dodd slips past Temple defenders for a touchdown.

On Boston College's third possession, Porter threw the deep pass over the middle to a wide-open Larry Lester for a 65-yard touchdown reception and a 21-0 lead.

Porter threw his third TD pass in the third quarter, an 18-yarder to Sean Ryan, and Dodd added a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth as the Eagles won for the fourth time if five games.

Temple receivers dropped some easy passes and McGann, who was pulled for a series in the first half, was benched for good in the second. Walter Washington came in and threw touchdown passes of 6 and 29 yards, both to Phil Goodman.

Temple wide receiver Zamir Cobb set a team record with his 131st career reception. Cobb passed former Owl Sean Dillard, who had 130 receptions from 1999 to 2002.

Cobb finished with six catches for 44 yards.

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