Eagles Beat Orangemen To Become Bowl Eligible
Nov 16, 2002
By JIMMY GOLEN
BOSTON - Derrick Knight ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns to surpass 1,000 yards for the season and Boston College beat Syracuse 41-20 on Saturday to qualify for a bowl game and snap a five-game Big East losing streak.
Brandon Brokaw had a pair of 1-yard touchdown plunges, the second giving BC a 34-20 lead with 10:02 left in the game. The score was set up by Sean Ryan's 27-yard reception that brought the ball to the inch-line.
By that time, the cold rain had turned to snow and many of the fans were happy to have the excuse to leave early.
Ryan caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, and Brian St. Pierre completed 22-of-34 passes for 284 yards and one TD for BC (6-4, 1-4). Boston College becomes the sixth team this season to amass more than 500 yard in total offense against Syracuse (4-7, 2-4).
Walter Reyes had 95 yards on 14 carries for Syracuse to give him 1,025 yards for the season, scoring on an 8-yard run midway through the third quarter to tie the game 20-20. It was his 16th TD of the season, extending his own school record.
Syracuse was coming off a 50-42, triple-overtime win over then-No. 8 Virginia Tech, a third consecutive win to keep its bowl hopes alive after a 1-6 start. Now the Orangemen know they will not go to a bowl; even with a win, they would have had to beat No. 1 Miami on Nov. 30 to retain any postseason hopes.
BC has won 19 of its last 23 at home, losing twice to Miami and twice to Virginia Tech. If the Eagles are invited to a bowl, it would be a school-record fourth in a row; BC has games remaining against Rutgers and Temple.
Reyes became the seventh player in Syracuse history to surpass 1,000 yards.
After Reyes scored to tie the game, St. Pierre hit Ryan for a 7-yard score to give BC a 27-20 lead with 2:22 left in the third. Brokaw followed with his second touchdown, then Knight broke free with a 70-yard run to make it 41-20 with 3:40 left to play.