Scores

Final

Boston College 38

(4-1, 1-1 ACC)

NC State 31

(2-4, 0-2 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 4, 2008

Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

1 2 3 4 T
BC 21 0 7 1038
NCST 14 3 0 1431

Top Performers

Passing: C. Crane (BC) - 428 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Crane (BC) - 11 CAR, 42 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: R. Gunnell (BC) - 11 REC, 123 YDS, 1 TD

Crane scores touchdown in final minutes as BC edges NC State

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Chris Crane scampered around the left side for a 13-yard touchdown with 22.8 seconds left to help Boston College beat North Carolina State 38-31 on Saturday.

Crane's third rushing score capped a huge day for the quarterback, who also threw for 428 yards and two scores to help the Eagles (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) hold on despite blowing a 14-point fourth-quarter lead. Rich Gunnell had 11 catches for 123 yards and a score for Boston College, which finished with 578 yards.

Russell Wilson threw for a touchdown and ran for two more, including the tying 2-yard keeper with 3:33 left as the Wolfpack (2-4, 0-2) rallied from a 31-17 deficit early in the final quarter. The redshirt freshman connected with Owen Spencer for a 61-yard touchdown catch to start the rally, and finished with 218 yards passing.

T.J. Graham added a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for N.C. State, which struggled to find much offense on the day. The Wolfpack finished with 253 total yards.

Crane was coming off an up-and-down stretch in his efforts to replace Matt Ryan, the NFL first-round draft pick who helped the Eagles reach No. 2 in the rankings last year. Two weeks ago, he was booed and benched before running for a pair of third-quarter scores and throwing a touchdown pass in the fourth of a 34-7 win over Central Florida.

Last week, Crane led the offense to just 32 yards in three first-quarter series before being relieved by Dominique Davis, who led the Eagles to four straight scores in a 42-0 win over Rhode Island. Still, coach Jeff Jagodzinski said afterward that Crane would start against the Wolfpack.

Crane rewarded his coach's faith, throwing for 241 yards and two touchdowns and running for a 5-yard score to help BC take a 21-17 lead at the break. He scored again on a short keeper to cap the Eagles' first second-half possession, helping the Eagles stay out front of the Wolfpack and former coach Tom O'Brien most of the day.

Crane completed 34 of 51 passes, including a 36-yard connection with Lars Anderson on the decisive drive. Then, with the Eagles facing a second-and-1, Crane broke free on the left side and got just inside the pylon for the 38-31 lead just when it looked BC was setting up for a field goal.

It was the second meeting between O'Brien and his former program. O'Brien left BC in 2006 as the Eagles' winningest coach with 75 victories in 10 seasons, and guided them to eight straight winning seasons and six straight bowl wins. Last year, Boston College forced seven turnovers in a 37-17 home win.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BC
NCST
1st Downs2815
Total Yards578253
Passing428218
Rushing15035
Penalties6-621-11
3rd Down Conversions8-163-11
4th Down Conversions3-40-1
Turnovers30
Possession35:0724:53

Passing Leaders

Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Crane34/514288.421
North Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson19/332186.610

Rushing Leaders

Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Crane11423.8313
Toal13939.0039
North Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Eugene4266.5010
Brown351.704

Receiving Leaders

Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gunnell1112311.2124
Jarvis57414.8141
North Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Spencer310234.0161
Williams4358.8013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBCNCST
TD09:46Justin Jarvis 41 Yd Pass From Chris Crane (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 70
TD07:19Russell Wilson 10 Yd Run (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 77
TD04:10Rich Gunnell 12 Yd Pass From Chris Crane (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 147
TD00:09Chris Crane 5 Yd Run (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 217
TD00:00T.J. Graham 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 2114
SECOND QUARTERBCNCST
FG03:45Josh Czajkowski 22 Yd 2117
THIRD QUARTERBCNCST
TD09:13Chris Crane 1 Yd Run (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 2817
FOURTH QUARTERBCNCST
FG12:29Steve Aponavicius 17 Yd 3117
TD12:11Owen Spencer 61 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 3124
TD03:33Russell Wilson 2 Yd Run (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 3131
TD00:23Chris Crane 13 Yd Run (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 3831