Sept. 13, 1997
BC Rallies for Win Over No. 24 West Virginia
Matt Hasselbeck threw two TD's against West Virginia. (File photo)
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Mike Cloud, playing for an injured Omari Walker, broke a tie
early in the fourth quarter with an 11-yard scoring run as
Boston College rallied for a 31-24 victory over 24th-ranked West
The win was the first after one loss for Eagles coach Tom
O'Brien and Boston College's first at home over the Mountaineers
since a 14-3 victory in 1976.
The game was tied 17-17 less than two minutes into the fourth
quarter when Boston College took possession on its own 49-yard
line. The Eagles were in the end zone 2:30 later when Cloud
burst straight through the line for the score, capping the
six-play, 51-yard drive.
The Eagles (1-1, 1-1 Big East) trailed 17-3 until late in the
second half when Matt Hasselback connected with Derrick
Crittenden on a nine-yard score. They tied the game less than a
minute into the fourth quarter when Hasselback found Anthony
DiCosmo for a 12-yard score.
Cloud completed the 28-point onslaught when he took Hasselback's
pitch and raced 66 yards down the right sideline for a 31-17
"When Omari (Walker) went down, he's our starting running back,
I just wanted to go in and get my opportunities," said Cloud.
"Coach (Tom O'Brien) had been talking all week about, you'll get
your opportunities, and when you do you need to step up and
that's what I did today."
The 66-yard touchdown run was the longest for the Eagles in two
years. Cloud also had the longest for the Eagles last season,
26 yards against Rutgers.
Cloud carried 24 times for 211 yards, the most for a Boston
College back since Chuckie Dukes had 201 on November 11th, 1991
at Syracuse. It is the sixth highest total in school history.
"It just goes to show you I need to get more of my players in,"
said O'Brien about Cloud's performance. "I was thinking about
this last week, if we get an injury, someone would have to come
in and pick it up.'
Walker left the game with 33 seconds remaining in the first half
when he sprained his left knee blocking on a passing play. He
finished with 76 yards on 18 carries.
The Mountaineers (2-1, 0-1) took the lead early in the first
quarter on Jay Taylor's 36-yard field goal and made in 10-0 two
minutes later on a one-yard TD run by Amos Zereoue. The Eagles
cut the deficit to seven midway through the second on John
Matich's 19-yard field goal.
West Virginia went up 17-3 just before halftime when Marc Bulger
hit Shawn Foreman with a six-yard scoring strike. The score was
set up when Mountaineer defensive end Bob Baum intercepted
Hasselback in Boston College territory.
Bulger found Foreman again for a 38-yard score to cut the lead
to 17-10 with four minutes left in the game. Foreman finished
with nine catches for 146 yards. Bulger was 17-of-27 for 227
West Virginia had a chance to tie the game when, on the ensuing
kickoff, Jermaine Walker let the ball bounce and it was
recovered by David Richardson. Boston College sealed the win
three plays later when cornerback Markell Blount intercepted
"We didn't really have many problems in the first half," said
Bolger. "We came out and executed. Our game plan worked real
well. Then they (Boston College) started playing the run and
playing it real well. There's not much we can do when our
running game's not going. It just came down to we couldn't run
"The game was simple. They beat the devil out of us on the
offensive line and they beat the devil out of us on the
defensive line," said West Virginia head coach Don Nehlan. "
They wanted it more. They just outplayed us. They're offense
was almost 80% more than it was against Temple."
The win was Boston College's first over West Virginia since
1990, snapping an 0-5-1 slide. Nehlan had been 8-0 at Chestnut
Hill with the Mountaineers.
"Today was my first shot against him (Nehlan) so I guess it
(losing streak) really didn't mean much," said O'Brien. "I
didn't come into this game thinking about losing to West
Virginia eight straight times."