Scores

Final

Boston College 31

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Cent Michigan 24

(0-1, 0-1 home)

6:00 PM ET, August 31, 2006

Kelly/Shorts Stadium, MOUNT PLEASANT, MI

1 2 3 4 T
BC 3 14 0 1431
CMU 3 0 7 1424

Top Performers

Passing: M. Ryan (BC) - 323 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: D. LeFevour (CMU) - 14 CAR, 72 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: O. Cetoute (CMU) - 6 REC, 102 YDS

Ryan's 3 TD passes, Toal's late pick lift BC over C. Michigan

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Matt Ryan threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns and Brian Toal ended Central Michigan's final scoring threat with a late interception as Boston College held on for a 31-24 victory on Thursday night.

Central Michigan drove to the Eagles' 34 with under two minutes to play. The Chippewas decided to get tricky, lining up in a strange formation with the center and quarterback at the far hash mark and the rest of the line in the middle of the field.

But the play went awry when redshirt freshman Dan LeFevour forced a throw into traffic near the sideline and was intercepted by Toal.

LeFevour took over after Chippewas starting quarterback Brian Brunner was knocked out on the second play from scrimmage. LeFevour was 22-of-37 for 221 yards and ran for 72 yards on 14 carries. His two short fourth-quarter touchdowns cut a 21-point Boston College lead to 31-24.

The teams exchanged field goals before the Eagles (1-0) took the lead back with 7:03 left in the first half when Toal, the linebacker who doubles as a short-yardage fullback, scored from a yard out.

The score was set up when Ryan connected on a 27-yard pass with Tony Gonzalez down to Central's 1-yard line.

Boston College then pushed its lead to 17-3 on a weird play as tight end Ryan Purvis recovered a fumble from teammate L.V. Whitworth at the Chippewas' 2 and ran in for the score.

The Chippewas (0-1) took advantage of a Boston College turnover to cut the lead to 17-10. Central's Calvin Hissong recovered a fumble on a punt return and LeFevour connected with Ontario Sneed on a 13-yard touchdown pass.

The teams exchanged fumbles just before the beginning of the fourth quarter, but the Eagles took advantage of Central's miscue and turned a fumble at the Boston College 24 into a nine-play, 76-yard scoring drive that finished with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Ryan to Kevin Challenger.

On the Eagles' next drive they tried to put any hope of a Central Michigan comeback to rest with a six-play, 61-yard drive that ended when Ryan found Gonzalez for a 19-yard score.

Central went back to work on its next drive and scored when LeFevour ran in from a yard out.

The Chippewas finished the scoring off when LeFevour scored from 2 yards out on a fourth down play with 3:55 left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BC
CMU
1st Downs2319
Total Yards408366
Passing323243
Rushing85123
Penalties7-685-49
3rd Down Conversions7-154-15
4th Down Conversions0-02-3
Turnovers22
Possession35:0224:58

Passing Leaders

Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Ryan32/483236.730-
Central MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
LeFevour22/372216.011-
Brooks2/5224.400-

Rushing Leaders

Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Whitworth13524.0014
Callender12352.907
Central MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
LeFevour14725.1241
Sneed7476.7028

Receiving Leaders

Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Challenger66110.2124
Gonzalez56613.2127
Central MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cetoute610217.0047
Sneed6518.5113

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBCCMU
FG10:54RYAN OHLIGER 44 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 34 yards.
30
FG2:20RICK ALBRESKI 21 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 73 yards.
33
SECOND QUARTERBCCMU
TD7:03BRIAN TOAL 1 YD RUN (RYAN OHLIGER KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards.
103
TD4:13RYAN PURVIS 3 YD PASS FROM MATT RYAN (RYAN OHLIGER KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 27 yards.
173
THIRD QUARTERBCCMU
TD5:42ONTARIO SNEED 13 YD PASS FROM DAN LEFEVOUR (RICK ALBRESKI KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 26 yards.
1710
FOURTH QUARTERBCCMU
TD13:57KEVIN CHALLENGER 24 YD PASS FROM MATT RYAN (RYAN OHLIGER KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yards.
2410
TD10:11TONY GONZALEZ 19 YD PASS FROM MATT RYAN (RYAN OHLIGER KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 61 yards.
3110
TD8:12DAN LEFEVOUR 1 YD RUN (RICK ALBRESKI KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 87 yards.
3117
TD3:55DAN LEFEVOUR 2 YD RUN (RICK ALBRESKI KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 72 yards.
3124