Blackmon goes 96 yards for TD

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Will Blackmon returned a kickoff 96 yards
for a touchdown to lead Boston College to a 19-11 win over Ball
State on Thursday night.

The Eagles passed for 135 yards and rushed for 205, while Ball
State managed just 64 yards rushing against the larger Boston
College line.

Paul Peterson completed 12-of-23 passes for 135 yards and a
touchdown for the Eagles. He also ran five times for 54 yards.

Boston College got 129 yards rushing from redshirt freshman L.V.
Whitworth, who scored the final touchdown of the game on a 5-yard
run early in the third quarter.

The Cardinals did not score in the second half, despite three
fourth-quarter possessions.

"It was a game that we missed some opportunities," Ball State
coach Brady Hoke said. "They got a touchdown on a kick return, and
late in the game we had it fourth-and-two. You've gotta make

Ball State took a 2-0 lead with a safety in the first quarter
when Boston College punter Johnny Ayers, kicking from the end zone,
dropped the snap and was whistled for intentional grounding while
trying to recover the ball.

Brian Jackson kicked field goals from 39, 29 and 26 yards in the
first half to pull Ball State within one point at halftime.

"I give Ball State a lot of credit for the way they played
tonight," Boston College coach Tom O'Brien said. "We knew it was
going to be tough to come over here and play a MAC school. Luckily,
we hung in there and won the game."

Jackson made his second field goal with two minutes left in the
second quarter but Blackmon returned the ensuing kickoff for a
score. Jackson kicked his third with no time left in the half.

The Cardinals' offense struggled in the second half. After
gaining 175 yards in the first half, Ball State managed only 36
yards and two first downs after halftime.

"We had opportunities, and we didn't capitalize," said Ball
State quarterback Joey Lynch, who completed 19-of-32 passes for 147
yards. "When you play against any school, you have to score
touchdowns. Our job is to get first downs and keep the ball moving,
and we could have done that a little better."

The season opener for both teams was the first game played under
new permanent lights at Ball State Stadium and attracted a
stadium-record 23,718 fans.