Scores

Final/OT

Boston College 17

(4-2, 1-1 ACC)

Pittsburgh 20

(4-2, 2-1 ACC)

12:00 PM ET, October 16, 2004

Heinz Field, PITTSBURGH, PA

1 2 3 4 OT T
BC 3 0 7 7 017
PITT 0 7 7 3 320

Pittsburgh 20, Boston College 17 (OT)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Josh Cummings kicked a 27-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh the lead on the first possession of overtime, and cornerback Mike Phillips then forced a fumble to preserve the Panthers' 20-17 win over Boston College on Saturday.

Boston College (4-2, 1-1 Big East) won the toss and elected to start overtime on defense. After gaining just 15 yards on seven plays, Pitt (4-2, 2-1) took the lead on Cummings' kick.

On the ensuing possession, Eagles quarterback Paul Peterson completed a pass to Larry Lester on third-and-10. Lester was close to a first down when he was hit by Phillips and dropped the ball. Pitt linebacker Thomas Smith recovered the fumble to clinch the win.

The Eagles forced overtime with a 10-play, 89-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Peterson to Lester with 3:26 left. Lester was wide open after defensive back Darrelle Revis slipped on the wet turf.

The drive was kept alive when Pitt's Josh Lay was called for pass interference on fourth-and-4 to give the Eagles the ball at the Panthers 15. Boston College had started the drive pinned on its own 11 after a 79-yard punt by Adam Graessle.

Peterson finished the game 32-for-53 for a career-best 367 yards and two touchdowns, but Boston College was held to a season-low 56 yards rushing.

Tyler Palko was 12-for-27 for 132 yards and ran for 55 yards and a score for Pitt. Raymond Kirkley added a 2-yard touchdown run for the Panthers.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BC
PITT
1st Downs2014
Total Yards423308
Passing367131
Rushing56177
Penalties12-1185-43
3rd Down Conversions5-185-16
4th Down Conversions1-31-1
Turnovers21
Possession34:2625:34

Passing Leaders

Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Peterson32/533676.920-
PittsburghC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Palko12/271314.900-

Rushing Leaders

Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Whitworth18392.208
Brooks11353.2026
PittsburghCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kirkley21884.2136
Palko13554.219

Receiving Leaders

Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Adams1216413.7049
Lester55410.8124
PittsburghRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lee36220.7042
Furman3248.0014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBCPITT
FG8:17RYAN OHLIGER 23 YD FG
Drive info: 14 plays, 69 yards.
30
SECOND QUARTERBCPITT
TD10:52TYLER PALKO 3 YD RUN (JOSH CUMMINGS KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yards.
37
THIRD QUARTERBCPITT
TD7:44RAYMOND KIRKLEY 2 YD RUN (JOSH CUMMINGS KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 50 yards.
314
TD5:04JOEL HAZARD 8 YD PASS FROM PAUL PETERSON (RYAN OHLIGER KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 31 yards.
1014
FOURTH QUARTERBCPITT
FG13:30JOSH CUMMINGS 17 YD FG
Drive info: 18 plays, 79 yards.
1017
TD3:26LARRY LESTER 10 YD PASS FROM PAUL PETERSON (RYAN OHLIGER KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 89 yards.
1717
OVERTIMEBCPITT
FG0:00JOSH CUMMINGS 27 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 15 yards.
1720