Wide receiver Dennis Harding (File photo)|
Sept. 27, 1997
BC Falters in Fourth Quarter
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Cornerbacks Artrell Hawkins and Shawn Ferguson returned
interceptions for touchdowns as Cincinnati used a 24-point
fourth quarter to defeat Boston College, 24-6.
Cincinnati (3-1) trailed 6-3 when Hawkins picked off Matt
Hasselback on the left hashmark and raced untouched for the
Boston College (2-2) had a chance to take the lead with just
under three minutes to go, moving to the Bearcats 33-yard line.
But Scott Mutryn's pass over the middle to Derrick Crittenden
was tipped and intercepted by safety Tinker Keck. Mutryn was in
for Hasselback, who left midway through the final quarter with a
After a 50-yard touchdown run by Chad Plummer extended
Cincinnati's lead to 17-6, Ferguson picked off Mutryn and dashed
47 yards down the left sideline in the final minute for the
It is the first time Cincinnati has returned two interceptions
for touchdowns in a game since October 1995 against Memphis.
After a scoreless first half, Boston College took the lead 5:10
into the third quarter on John Matich's 25-yard field goal.
Matich connected from 23 yards nine minutes later for a 6-0 lead.
The Bearcats cut the deficit in half four minutes into the
fourth quarter on a 44-yard field goal by Eric Richards.
Quinton Lee, subbing for the injured Mike Cloud, gained 161
yards on 25 carries for Boston College. It was the second time
an Eagles backup back has gained over 100 yards. Cloud replaced
Omari Walker and gained 211 yards in a win over West Virginia.
Daryl Royal led the Bearcats with a career-high 163 yards on 25
carries. Royal was forced to carry the load when fullbacks
Orlando Smith and David Vitovitz left with injuries.
The 3-1 start is Cincinnati's best since opening the 1985