Nov. 8, 1997
Boston College Upset Falls Short
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Donovan McNabb connected with Kevin Johnson on a 66-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter as 19th-ranked Syracuse won its sixth straight game, 20-13 over Boston College in the Big East Conference.
Syracuse (7-3, 4-1 Big East) was held to its lowest point total since mid-September, a 31-3 loss at Virginia Tech. The Orangemen had averaged 47 points per game during their winning streak.
The Eagles (3-7, 3-4) complete their season in two weeks by hosting Army.
The Orangemen led 13-10 early in the fourth quarter when Johnson, lined up on the left side, ran a hook pattern 10 yards downfield. After catching the pass and cutting towards the left sideline, he outraced free safety Pedro Cirino for the score.
John Matich's 31-yard field goal for Boston College with 7:32 to play provided the final margin.
Boston College took the lead late in the first quarter on Omari Walker's two-yard TD run. Syracuse came back early in the second on a one-yard scoring run by Kyle McIntosh.
The teams traded field goals to complete the quarter. Matich connected for a 23-yarder at 7:29 and Nathan Trout was good for Syracuse from 33 yards on the final play of the half.
Trout converted from 43 yards midway through the third quarter for a 13-10 Syracuse advantage.