Oct. 25, 1997
Eagles Drop Fifth-Consecutive Game
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Ron Powlus and Jarius Jackson, sharing time at quarterback, each
accounted for a pair of touchdowns as Notre Dame had its best
offensive output of the season, 526 total yards, in a 52-20 rout
of Boston College.
John Matich had two field goals in Saturday's loss. (File photo)
Powlus was 18-of-31 for 267 yards and two touchdowns, while
Jackson, who capped his only two drives with scoring runs, was
4-of-5 for 56 yards through the air and carried four times for
16 yards. The fighting Irish (3-5) did not turn the ball over.
During the week, there was talk that Powlus might be benched in
favor of Jackson, but coach Bob Davie said that he would stick
with his starter and give Jackson some time behind center.
Boston College (2-6) allowed its highest point total of the
season en route to its fifth straight loss. The Eagles allowed
more than 40 points for the third time in their last four games.
Behind Powlus, Notre Dame took the lead for good, 6-0, three
minutes into the game when Tony Driver scored on a one-yard run.
Powlus threw a four-yard scoring pass to Malcolm Johnson 3:42
later and connected with Jabari Holloway on a two-point
conversion pass to make it 14-0.
Jackson took over for a nine-play, 83-yard drive, finishing it
off with a three-yard scoring run 87 seconds into the second
quarter, increasing the lead to 21-0.
Powlus came back in and directed the Irish into the end zone,
this time watching Autry Denson score on an eight-yard run that
made it 28-0 only 4:51 into the second quarter. Denson gained
81 yards on 18 carries.
Boston College broke the shutout with 1:20 left in the first
half when Matt Hasselbeck threw a 27-yard scoring strike to
Anthony DiCosmo. Hasselbeck was 23-of-33 for 277 yards and one
touchdown with one interception.
John Matich kicked a 27-yard field goal 5:46 into the second
half as Boston College closed within 28-10, but Scott Cengia
countered with a 20-yarder for the Fighting Irish just over five
B.C. got within 31-17 when Mike Hemmert scored on a one-yard run
with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter, but
Notre Dame put it away by scoring three touchdowns in the final
Powlus connected with Bobby Brown on a 10-yard TD pass 76
seconds into the final period. Matich kicked a 37-yarder, but
Allen Rossum returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a
Rossum tied the NCAA record for return touchdowns in a career
with eight. He has returned three kickoffs, three punts and two
interceptions for scores.
Jackson came in for his second drive and guided the Irish on
another long drive, this one covering 90 yards in nine plays. He
capped iut by running in from the 2-yard line to make the final
margin with 33 seconds left.