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
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
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.