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Former walk-on Aponavicius sets BC scoring record in win

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.