Nov. 13, 2004
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By JOHN RABY
AP Sports Writer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Paul Peterson threw two first-half touchdown passes
and No. 21 Boston College returned two punts for scores to beat No. 13 West
Virginia 36-17 Saturday.
Boston College (7-2, 3-1 Big East) won in Morgantown for the first time
since 1990, bolstering its conference title hopes and a possible Bowl
Championship Series berth.
West Virginia (8-2, 5-1) lost in November for the first time under
fourth-year coach Rich Rodriguez. It also had 10-game conference and home
winning streaks broken.
The Mountaineers squandered a chance to clinch their first BCS bid and a tie
for a second straight conference title.
It was supposed to be a battle between West Virginia's potent rushing attack
and the Big East's top defense. Though West Virginia outgained Boston College
452-243, the contest was decided on special teams.
Eagles freshman Ryan Ohliger kicked field goals of 44, 47 and 36 yards.
DeJuan Tribble returned a first-quarter punt 41 yards for a score and Will
Blackmon went 71 yards for a TD with a punt return in the fourth quarter. They
were the first punt returns for scores by the Eagles in two years.
Boston College also had several long kickoff returns and pinned West
Virginia deep in its own territory on many punts and kickoffs.
The Mountaineers fumbled away the second-half kickoff, leading to an Ohliger
field goal for a 27-7 lead.
West Virginia worked too methodically to mount a comeback. An 18-play drive
ended with Marshall's 6-yard scoring pass to Chris Henry at the end of the
That gave Henry a school-record 12 TD catches this season, breaking the mark
of 11 set by Reggie Rembert in 1989.
Henry had catches of 41 and 20 yards on West Virginia's next drive, but the
Eagles defense stopped the drive inside the BC 10. Brad Cooper kicked a short
field goal, but the Mountaineers didn't score again.
Peterson was 18-of-30 for 162 yards, including a 10-yard TD pass to L.V.
Whitworth on Boston College's first possession and a 1-yard scoring toss to
just before halftime for a 24-7 lead.
Marshall went 21-of-35 for 224 yards. Kay-Jay Harris rushed for 112 yards
and Marshall had 100 on the ground.