The Eagles (4-2, 1-1 Big East) started the rout with a 21-point
first quarter, a day before they reportedly will be extended an
invitation by the ACC to be the league's 12th team. Atlantic Coast
Conference chancellors and presidents will hold a teleconference
"We've been down this road before and we'll see what happens,"
said Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo. "If and when
something does happen, then we'll react to it."
If Boston College follows Miami and Virginia Tech out the door,
it could reopen the possibility for Temple (1-5, 0-1) to rejoin the
Big East. The Owls were voted out and are set to leave the
conference after the 2004 season.
Temple coach Bobby Wallace singled out Boston College as the
main ringleader in voting out a Temple program that hasn't had a
winning record since 1990, and he hoped his team would use it as
The Owls, coming off their first win of the season, didn't make
a strong case for reinstatement Saturday.
Knight burst through open holes against a defense ravaged by
injury and inexperience. There were blown coverage assignments and
almost no pressure on Porter, who used efficient passing for a
season high in yards.
Knight opened the game with a 34-yard run down the right
sideline. He added two more 11-yard runs, setting up a 13-yard TD
run by Dodd.
Temple's Mike McGann had a pass intercepted by cornerback Will
Blackmon at BC's 4-yard line on its first possession, and the
Eagles would capitalize.
Knight had a 42-yard run and four plays later Porter threw a
16-yard touchdown pass to Grant Adams for a 14-0 lead.
On Boston College's third possession, Porter threw the deep pass
over the middle to a wide-open Larry Lester for a 65-yard touchdown
reception and a 21-0 lead.
Porter threw his third TD pass in the third quarter, an
18-yarder to Sean Ryan, and Dodd added a 50-yard touchdown run in
the fourth as the Eagles won for the fourth time if five games.
Temple receivers dropped some easy passes and McGann, who was
pulled for a series in the first half, was benched for good in the
second. Walter Washington came in and threw touchdown passes of 6
and 29 yards, both to Phil Goodman.
Temple wide receiver Zamir Cobb set a team record with his 131st
career reception. Cobb passed former Owl Sean Dillard, who had 130
receptions from 1999 to 2002.