1:00 PM ET, September 27, 2003
Alumni Stadium, CHESTNUT HILL, MA
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.
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.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||4-14||7-12|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-2|
|TD||7:39||GREG TOAL 3 YD PASS FROM QUINTON PORTER (SANDRO SCIORTINO KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 59 yards.
|TD||3:50||TALMADGE HILL 1 YD RUN (BRIAN JACKSON KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||0:14||GRANT ADAMS 0 YD PUNT RETURN (SANDRO SCIORTINO KICK)||7||14|
|FG||12:00||BRIAN JACKSON 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 62 yards.
|TD||11:04||DERRICK KNIGHT 42 YD RUN (SANDRO SCIORTINO KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||9:06||HORACE DODD 3 YD RUN (SANDRO SCIORTINO KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 11 yards.
|TD||7:15||DANTE RIDGEWAY 44 YD PASS FROM TALMADGE HILL (FAILED 2PT PASS)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 84 yards.
|TD||13:23||DANTE RIDGEWAY 7 YD PASS FROM TALMADGE HILL (BRIAN JACKSON KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 8 yards.
|TD||8:14||SEAN RYAN 1 YD PASS FROM QUINTON PORTER (SEAN RYAN 2PT PASS FROM QUINTON PORTER)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 81 yards.
|FG||0:22||SANDRO SCIORTINO 24 YD FG|
Drive info: 16 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||13:29||SEAN RYAN 2 YD PASS FROM QUINTON PORTER (MIKE FASSEL KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 9 yards.
|TD||5:15||HORACE DODD 1 YD RUN (MIKE FASSEL KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||2:48||MICHAEL STEINHAUS 6 YD PASS FROM JOEY LYNCH (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.