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
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.
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.