Scores

Final

Kent State 7

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Boston College 34

(2-0, 2-0 home)

2:00 PM ET, September 12, 2009

Alumni Stadium (MA), Chestnut Hill, MA

1 2 3 4 T
KENT 0 0 0 77
BC 14 10 10 034

Top Performers

Passing: J. Tuggle (KSU) - 150 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Harris (TEM) - 19 CAR, 68 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Gunnell (BC) - 6 REC, 114 YDS, 2 TD

Boston College QBs lead blowout of Kent State

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston College quarterbacks Justin Tuggle and Dave Shinskie each threw a first-quarter touchdown to lead the Eagles to a 34-7 win over Kent State on Saturday.

Tuggle and Shinskie rotated at quarterback in their audition for the starting job. Tuggle finished 6 of 12 for 150 yards. Shinskie was 9-for-16 for 73 yards with one interception.

The Eagles (2-0) posted their second straight lopsided victory after a 54-0 win against Northeastern last week.

Tuggle threw a 6-yard touchdown to Rich Gunnell to give Boston College a 31-0 lead in the third quarter. Gunnell, who finished with six catches for 114 yards, also caught a 21-yard score from Shinskie in the opening quarter.

Kent State backup quarterback Spencer Keith connected with Jon Simpson for a 4-yard score with 2:15 left in the game. The Golden Flashes' (1-1) score spoiled the Eagles' bid for consecutive season-opening shutouts for the first time since 1933.

Boston College shut out the Golden Flashes in the schools' first meeting in a 21-0 win last year at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

BC coach Frank Spaziani, a longtime assistant, improved to 3-0. He replaced Jeff Jagodzinski, who was fired after interviewing for an NFL job following last season.

Steve Aponavicius had a pair of field goals.

Kent State running back Eugene Jarvis, who posted his 17th career 100-yard game in last week's win over Coastal Carolina, was held to 17 yards on 10 carries.

The Eagles didn't allow Kent State to cross midfield until early in the fourth quarter, holding the Golden Flashes to until 100 total yards until late in the game.

Kent State finished with 179 total yards; BC gained 336, with 223 coming through the air.

Playing two consecutive series each in BC's first four possessions, Tuggle and Shinskie led the Eagles to a 14-0 lead after one quarter in front of a half-filled, rain-soaked stadium.

Montel Harris' 1-yard TD run made it 21-0 early in the second. The score came one play after Tuggle hit Gunnell with a 44-yard pass down the right sideline.

Aponavicius' 24-yard field capped a 10-play, 24-yard drive to make it 24-0. Shinskie was running the offense during that possession.

Tuggle hit Gunnell with a 6-yard TD pass, capping the Eagles' first possession early in the third quarter. Aponavicius nailed a 33-yard field goal to make it 34-0 midway into the quarter.

Spaziani's first career win came when he coached the Eagles at the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl after Tom O'Brien bolted for North Carolina State.

BC, which won for the 23rd time in its last 24 non-conference games, opens its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule next week at Clemson. Kent State, from the Mid-American Conference, hosts Iowa State next week.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KENT
BC
1st Downs1316
Total Yards179349
Passing119223
Rushing60126
Penalties6-445-77
3rd Down Conversions4-167-17
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers31
Possession30:0129:59

Passing Leaders

Kent StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keith9/14715.111
Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuggle6/1215012.520

Rushing Leaders

Kent StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Flowers10303.0011
Archer5193.8010
Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris19683.6125
Finch6325.3017

Receiving Leaders

Kent StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Archer23115.5018
Goode4266.5010
Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gunnell611419.0244
Larmond Jr37424.7157

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKENTBC
TD07:42Colin Larmond Jr 57 Yd Pass From Justin Tuggle (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 07
TD01:23Rich Gunnell 21 Yd Pass From Dave Shinskie (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERKENTBC
TD10:52Montel Harris 1 Yd Run (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 021
FG06:26Steve Aponavicius 24 Yd 024
THIRD QUARTERKENTBC
TD10:27Rich Gunnell 6 Yd Pass From Justin Tuggle (Steve Aponavicius Kick) 031
FG08:06Steve Aponavicius 33 Yd 034
FOURTH QUARTERKENTBC
TD02:15Jonathan Simpson 4 Yd Pass From Spencer Keith (Freddy Cortez Kick) 734