Ball State 29

(3-3, 0-2 away)

Boston College 53

(3-2, 1-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 27, 2003

Alumni Stadium (MA), Chestnut Hill, MA

1 2 3 4 T
BALL 7 9 7 629
BC 14 14 11 1453

Porter throws three TD passes

BOSTON (AP) -- Quinton Porter threw three touchdown passes and Boston College took advantage of two fumbles that led to easy scores in a 53-29 victory over Ball State on Saturday.

Derrick Knight ran 20 times for 175 yards and one touchdown for the Eagles (3-2). Talmadge Hill had a pair of touchdown passes to Dante Ridgeway for Ball State (2-3) in the first football meeting between the schools.

Porter threw two touchdown passes to tight end Sean Ryan in the second half and completed 14 of 20 attempts after the first quarter as the Eagles opened up their offense. He finished 17-for-25 for 131 yards.

BC capitalized on a pair of botched snaps from Ball State's punting unit, to take a 28-10 lead midway into the second quarter.

With the score tied at 7, BC's Grant Adams recovered a fumble in the back of the end zone for a touchdown after the first low snap on an attempted punt. It gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead with 14 seconds left in the opening quarter.

After Ball State's Brian Jackson kicked a 26-yard field goal three minutes into the second quarter, Knight had a 42-yard touchdown run to make it 21-10.

On the ensuing possession, the Cardinals' punting game failed again. This time, BC's Jazzmen Williams recovered the fumble after low snap at Ball State's 11. BC made it 28-10 on Horace Dodd's 3-yard scoring run after he picked up 8 yards on the previous play.

Hill's first touchdown pass to Ridgeway, a 44-yard pass, cut it to 28-16. The Cardinals failed on a 2-point attempt.

Ball State's Jesse Avant recovered Knight's fumble and returned it to the Eagles 8 on the second play of the third quarter before Hill hit Ridgeway with a 7-yard pass, closing the gap to 28-23.

The Eagles made it 36-23 on Porter's 1-yard toss to Ryan. The score closed a 12-play, 81-yard drive that was highlighted by Knight's 49 yards on the ground. Porter also connected with Ryan on the 2-point conversion.

Sandro Sciortino's 26-yard field goal increased it 39-23 late in the third quarter.

Williams' interception and return to the Cardinals 9 set up BC's next score. Porter hit Ryan with a 2-yard touchdown pass, making it 46-23. Dodd added a short scoring run with 5:15 to play.

Ball State backup quarterback Joey Lynch had a 6-yard touchdown pass to Michael Steinhaus in the closing minutes.

BC moved ahead 7-0 on Porter's 3-yard scoring pass to Greg Toal, but Ball State tied it on Hill's 1-yard scoring run.