Scores

Final

Cent Michigan 10

(7-2, 5-0 MAC)

Boston College 31

(6-3, 3-2 ACC)

Coverage: ESPNU

3:30 PM ET, October 31, 2009

Alumni Stadium (MA), Chestnut Hill, MA

1 2 3 4 T
CMU 0 3 0 710
BC 0 7 17 731

Top Performers

Passing: D. Shinskie (BC) - 262 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Harris (TEM) - 27 CAR, 136 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Gunnell (BC) - 8 REC, 134 YDS, 1 TD

Former walk-on Aponavicius sets BC scoring record in win

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Former walk-on kicker Steve Aponavicius became Boston College's all-time scoring leader in the Eagles' 31-10 win over Central Michigan on Saturday.

Montel Harris finished with 136 yards rushing on 27 carries and two 3-yard scoring runs for the Eagles (6-3), who improved to 6-0 at home. BC snapped the Chippewas' (7-2) seven-game winning streak -- their best since consecutive seasons with eight-game streaks from 1979-1980.

Aponavicius had an 18-yard field goal and four extra points, giving him 267 total points to surpass place-kicker Brian Lowe's (1986-89) mark of 262.

Dave Shinskie was 18-for-28 passing for 262 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles, who became bowl-eligible for 10th consecutive season.

Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour, who entered fifth in the nation in completion percentage, was 20 of 34 for 152 yards and one interception.

Chippewas backup QB Ryan Radcliff had an 11-yard scoring run in the final minute.

BC linebacker Luke Kuechly had a 28-yard interception return for a score.

The Eagles took the ball on the initial possession of the second half with a stiff breeze at their backs and went 74 yards in seven plays, with Shinskie hitting Rich Gunnell down the middle for a 41-yard scoring strike to make it 14-3. For the first time since a very successful day two weeks ago when Harris ran for school-records 264 yards and five TDs -- with a good chunk coming from the Wildcat formation -- the Eagles lined up with Harris at QB a couple of times.

After holding Central Michigan to its first three-and-out of the game, the Eagles went in for another score. Shinskie hit Gunnell with a 21-yard toss down the right sideline on the first play.

One play later, Harris caught a short pass and turned it into a 36-yard gain. Three plays later, he scored up the middle.

Aponavicius, a former walk-on, kicked the extra point from the hold of Billy Flutie, nephew of 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, for the record.

When the next drive stalled at the 1, Aponavicius kicked his field goal, making it 24-3 late in the third quarter.

BC, which had gained just two first downs midway into the second quarter, marched 80 yards in 11 plays to take a 7-3 halftime edge on Harris' 3-yard scoring run in the closing minute of the second quarter. Shinskie was 5 for 6 on the drive for 57 yards.

The Chippewas had taken a 3-0 lead when Andrew Aguila's 34-yard field capped a 13-play, 60-yard drive. LeFevour ran and threw for a combined 57 yards during the possession.

It was the third meeting between the schools, with BC winning all of them.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CMU
BC
1st Downs2218
Total Yards311412
Passing218262
Rushing93150
Penalties0-03-25
3rd Down Conversions8-174-11
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers20
Possession30:2129:39

Passing Leaders

Central MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
LeFevour20/341524.501
Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Shinskie18/282629.410

Rushing Leaders

Central MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
LeFevour11262.407
Reed6203.306
Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris271365.0218
McCluskey372.307

Receiving Leaders

Central MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson66510.8017
Brown8617.6016
Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gunnell813416.8141
Harris23718.5036

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERCMUBC
FG06:09Andrew Aguila 34 Yd 30
TD00:50Montel Harris 3 Yd Run (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 37
THIRD QUARTERCMUBC
TD12:03Rich Gunnell 41 Yd Pass From Dave Shinskie (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 314
TD06:35Montel Harris 3 Yd Run (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 321
FG01:44Steve Aponavicius 18 Yd 324
FOURTH QUARTERCMUBC
TD05:00Luke Kuechly 28 Yd Interception Return (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 331
TD00:35Ryan Radcliff 11 Yd Run (Andrew Aguila Kick) 1031