BOSTON (AP) -- All week long, Boston College's Matthew Ryan had
seen replays and heard about the hit he took while scrambling last
week at Clemson.
The Eagles' quarterback had no such problem running in the open
field on Saturday.
Ryan ran for a pair of first-half scores and threw a touchdown
pass in the fourth quarter, leading No. 21 Boston College to a 38-0
win over suspension-riddled Ball State.
"It just opened up, up the middle and I took advantage of it,"
Ryan said of the scores.
Ryan was running to his right last week, when Clemson linebacker
David Dunham leveled him, sending Ryan's helmet flying in the
process. It was a highlight-reel hit.
"The speed of the game's a little different (this week)," he
said. "As a quarterback, you've got to feel the speed of the game.
People had definitely mentioned they had seen the hit. I let them
know the focus was on Ball State and not the hit."
BC (4-1), coming off its first Atlantic Coast Conference win
last week, scored on its first two possessions to take control.
Ryan, starting for the second straight week for Quinton Porter --
sidelined with a right ankle injury that occurred two weeks ago in
a loss against Florida State -- completed 21 of 29 passes for 206
yards with no interceptions.
"When you scramble 12 yards and nobody touches you, that means
there's lot of acreage in there to run with," BC coach Tom O'Brien
said. "He did a good job of recognizing those situations and got
us two touchdowns rushing."
The Cardinals (0-4) had 15 players sidelined after being
suspended earlier in the week for violating an NCAA extra-benefits
rule involving the use of textbooks.
"There aren't any secrets. We got beat by a good team," Ball
State coach Brady Hoke said. "We got outplayed and everything.
They are a good football team, real good football team."
L.V. Whitworth ran for a 14-yard touchdown for the Eagles 22
seconds into the game after the Cardinals tried an onside kick on
the opening kickoff and BC's Larry Anam recovered it at midfield.
"I felt the line was doing a great job. The holes were huge,"
Whitworth said. "I knew it was going to be one of those days."
After blocking a punt on the Cardinals' next possession, BC
recovered the ball at the Ball State 29. Ryan capped a seven-play
drive with a 10-yard TD run, making it 14-0 midway through the
After BC got off to the early lead, much of the attention turned
to the Yankees-Red Sox game about 5 miles away at Fenway Park. Most
of the TV sets at concession stands and in the press box were tuned
to the baseball game, and the scoreboard operator flashed numerous
Ryan's second scoring run, a 10-yarder midway through the second
quarter, made it 21-0. Ryan Ohliger kicked a 27-yard field goal in
the third quarter. Ryan threw a 3-yard scoring pass to Brandon
Robinson with 9:16 left in the game, making it 31-0, and Survival
Ross had an 18-yard scoring run in the final minute.
The Cardinals' best scoring chance came early in the second
quarter when they drove to BC's 15 before Brian Jackson missed a
32-yard field goal attempt.
"We were preaching all week that we wanted to get a shutout,"
Eagles linebacker Ray Henderson said.
Ball State was held to 46 yards rushing in 32 attempts, and
finished with 159 total yards. BC had 471 total yards, 223 on the
The Eagles' last shutout also came against a Mid-American
Conference opponent, 43-0 over Central Michigan at home on Sept.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Pretty quick. It almost didn't seem fair since 15 Ball State players were sidelined after being suspended earlier in the week for violating an NCAA extra-benefits rule involving the use of textbooks. No depth equalled no chance for the Cardinals.
Gameball goes to... BC's Matthew Ryan, who ran for a pair of scores and threw for a third in BC's easy win.
Stat of the game... 9-28-2002: The last time Boston College recorded a shutout.