PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Even Utah's high altitude couldn't slow down
Boston College's Will Blackmon.
Blackmon caught eight passes for 100 yards, returned a kickoff
and a punt and even played some defensive back in Boston College's
20-3 victory over Brigham Young on Saturday.
"I run all day in practice, so I'm used to it," Blackmon said.
"The adrenaline was flowing so I felt like I couldn't get tired
The Eagles spoiled new BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall's debut and
became the first team to beat the Cougars in a season opener since
Florida State in 2000. BYU lost for the 11th straight time against
a ranked opponent.
BYU couldn't stop the Eagles' short passing game, allowing
Quinton Porter to complete 27 of 35 passes to 10 different
"They kept sitting back. Why run a deep route when they're just
sitting there? It's just common sense, you know?" Blackmon said.
Porter passed for 232 yards and two touchdowns in his first game
in nearly two years after redshirting last season.
Porter sat out last season after injuring his hand late in 2003
and losing his starting job to Paul Peterson. Porter said a few
throws sailed on him, but for the most part he was on target to
lead the Eagles to 365 yards of offense.
"I was having so much fun today. I wasn't putting as much
pressure on myself as I did a couple of years ago," Porter said.
BYU's John Beck completed 41 of 60 passes for 330 yards -- all
but 8 of the Cougars' total yards. The Eagles sacked Beck twice and
kept him from completing any passes longer than 26 yards.
Mathias Kiwanuka, the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason
defensive player of the year, broke up two passes and had five
tackles despite being double-teamed throughout the game.
"We just prepared for a lot of things. But we knew they were
going to throw the ball regardless of which route that they took,"
While BYU seemed to rediscover the short pass in the first game
under offensive coordinator Robert Anae, the Cougar defense could
never quite figure it out. BC kept BYU off balance in a 12-play,
80-yard drive that put the Eagles up 17-3 on the first play of the
fourth quarter on a 4-yard pass from Porter to Chris Miller.
BC converted on three third downs during the drive, including a
short pass Blackmon turned into a 25-yard play.
Blackmon, who started at cornerback last season, also returned a
punt 24 yards Saturday.
BC's touchdown to start the final quarter seemed to sap the
58,180 fans and the loudest noises coming from the stands the rest
of the way were "boos" directed at the officials and at least
once toward the Cougars themselves.
It was a frustrating first game for Mendenhall, the defensive
coordinator who was promoted after Gary Crowton resigned following
BYU's third straight losing season. The Cougars were called for 10
penalties -- six in the first half -- and dropped several passes that
could have easily been completions.
"We have plenty to improve on," Mendenhall said. "We didn't
do our part as it relates to execution and that ultimately was it
The Cougars also had a chance to down a punt inside the BC 20,
but the ball rolled past several players into the end zone for a
BYU's only score came on Jared McLaughlin's 35-yard field goal
early in the third quarter that cut the lead to 10-3.
Boston College took a 7-0 lead on a 14-yard pass over the middle
to Miller on third-and-9 late in the first quarter. The Eagles went
45 yards in four plays during the 80-yard drive, gaining 25 when
Blackmon caught a sideline pass, stopped and let BYU's Chris Hale
run right past before taking off down the BYU sideline.
BYU reached the BC 19 later in the quarter, but two holding
penalties set the Cougars back 20 yards and McLaughlin's 48-yard
field goal attempt was blocked. BC got the ball back at the BYU 44
and went 45 yards on a pass to Jason Lilly to help set up Ryan
Ohliger's 39-yard field goal with 3 seconds in the half.
Ohliger added a 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Cougars had another drive reach the BC 31 in the first half
and went for it on fourth-and-1. Beck kept the ball and appeared to
get the ball across the 30, but the ball was marked at the 31 and
the Eagles got the ball. The crowd booed loudly after the spot and
was even louder after a television time out.
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