Coverage: ESPN Plus
12:00 PM ET, November 8, 2003
Alumni Stadium (MA), Chestnut Hill, MA
BOSTON (AP) -- Backup quarterback Charles Hales threw three touchdown passes, Adam Jones scored on two returns and West Virginia rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat Boston College 35-28 Saturday.
The Eagles had a chance to tie with the ball at the Mountaineers 7 and five seconds left. But Paul Peterson's pass to Sean Ryan, who already had two scoring catches, was knocked down in the end zone by linebacker Scott Gyorko as time ran out.
It was the fourth straight win for the Mountaineers (5-4, 3-1 Big East), while Boston College (5-5, 1-4) lost for the third time in four games.
Peterson also threw three scoring passes, including an 8-yarder to Grant Adams with 3:15 left.
West Virginia intercepted four passes and played without quarterback Rasheed Marshall. He suffered a concussion last Saturday against Central Florida, one game after guiding the Mountaineers to a 28-7 win over Virginia Tech.
Hales, who had thrown just 17 passes this season, started slowly, completing three of six passes on his first three series while BC was taking a 14-0 lead. But he finished with 11 completions in 16 attempts for 167 yards and no interceptions.
The Mountaineers benefited from two interceptions to tie the game 14-14 with two touchdowns in two minutes, 51 seconds.
Two plays after Lance Frazier's 29-yard interception return gave West Virginia the ball at the BC 39, Hales hit Chris Henry for a 37-yard score. On BC's sixth play after regaining the ball, Peterson threw another interception and Jones returned it for a 49-yard touchdown with 4:47 left in the half.
Porter came back for the third quarter, but the Mountaineers went ahead on the first series on Hales' 32-yard pass to Henry to end a 65-yard drive.
They made it 28-14 on Hales' 14-yard pass to Tory Johnson, ending an 85-yard drive with 2:08 left in the third quarter.
Peterson returned after a head injury to Porter and threw his second scoring pass to Ryan, a 16-yarder with 8:37 left in the game. But Jones returned the kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown just 12 seconds later for a 35-21 lead.
Two of the nation's best rushers had subpar games. BC's Derrick Knight, who entered the game eighth in the country with 122.1 yards rushing per game, picked up 79. West Virginia's Quincy Wilson, ranked 10th with a 118.1-yard average, rushed for 73 yards.
West Virginia's win broke a streak of six games in the annual series in which the home team won. The loss meant that BC must win one of its two remaining games, at Rutgers and at Virginia Tech, to become eligible for its fifth straight bowl game.