|Boston College 21, Penn State 7|
|September 11, 2004|
|Alumni Stadium - Chestnut Hill, MA|
|Kickoff Time: 8:00 p.m. EDT|
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Penn State couldn't run the ball, couldn't handle
the trickery of Boston College quarterback Paul Peterson and, on too many
occasions, couldn't think straight.
BC made it a 14-0 halftime lead by capitalizing on another Penn State mistake. Fullback Paul Jefferson lost a fumble at the Nittany Lions' 26-yard line after he was hit by BC's JoLonn Dunbar. Ricky Brown recovered, and it took Peterson only one play to cash in as he fired a 26-yard scoring pass to Grant Adams with 8:19 remaining in the half.
BC used a short passing game to control the ball for 34:43, nearly 10 minutes longer than Penn State.
"Give their quarterback credit," Paterno said of Peterson, who is 5-0 as a starter. "He came up with some great plays. He scrambles well, and he found people downfield."
"We all call him Pistol," Henderson said. "He runs around like a lunatic and makes us all look stupid in practice [on defense]."
Mills looked sharp in the first half but had nothing to show for it. Trying to make things happen in the second half, he got into trouble with interceptions and finished 23 for 41 for 254 yards. He connected with Ryan Scott for a 13-yard TD early in the third quarter to pull Penn State to within 14-7, but it turned out to be a tease.
The touchdown grab by Scott - the first catch of his college career - didn't shake the Eagles, who responded with another time-consuming drive, one that ended with Peterson's third TD throw, a 2-yarder to Mark Palmer.
Notes: Hardy, a redshirt junior cornerback from Northeast High School, traveled to last night's game after attending funeral services in Philadelphia for his father, Daryal, a detective who died of kidney cancer......Penn State probably could have used the aid of the Big Ten Conference's video replay system late in the first half, when it appeared that BC running back Jeff Ross fumbled, with the Nittany Lions' Matthew Rice recovering inside the Eagles' 10-yard line. But the system was not in effect for the nonconference road game......Penn State's traveling roster of 65 players included seven true freshmen and nine redshirt freshmen.
|BOSTON COLLEGE||PENN STATE||TEAM STATISTICS|
|INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS||INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS||PSU||BC|
|Passing||Att||Comp||INT||Yds||TD||LG||Yards Gained Rushing||91||154|
|Passing||Att||Comp||INT||Yds||TD||LG||Mills||41||23||4||254||1||32||Yards Lost Rushing||18||25|
|Peterson||31||23||0||199||3||26||NET YARDS RUSHING||73||129|
|Receiving||No.||Yds||TD||LG||NET YARD PASSING||254||199|
|Palmer||5||22||1||6||G. Smith||5||74||0||20||Passes Completed||23||23|
|Lilly||3||48||0||23||T. Phillips||2||39||0||32||TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS||62||71|
|Kashetta||3||26||1||16||Smolko||2||15||0||9||TOTAL NET YARDS||327||328|
|Callender||3||19||0||11||R. Scott||1||13||1||13||Avg. Gain Per Play||5.3||4.6|
|Hazard||2||16||0||10||Jefferson||1||4||0||8||Fumbles: No. - Lost||1-1||1-1|
|Ross||1||12||0||12||Penalties: No. - Yds.||8-87||10-88|
|Gonzalez||1||5||0||5||Punting||No.||Yds||AVG||LG||In20||No. of Punts - Yards||4-142||6-197|
|Miller||1||1||0||1||Kapinos||4||142||35.5||42||3||Avg. Per Punt||35.5||32.8|
|Punt Returns: No. - Yds.||1-24||0-0|
|Punting||No.||Yds||AVG||LG||In20||Returns||PR||KOR||INTR||Kickoff Returns: No. - Yds.||3-56||1-26|
|Ayers||6||197||32.8||43||2||Hunt||-||3-56||-||Interceptions: No. - Yds.||0-0||4-36|
|Lowry||1-24||-||-||Fumble Returns: No. - Yds.||0-0||0-0|
|Stancil||-||-||1-17||Field Goal Attempts||Possession Time||25:17||34:43|
|Henderson||-||-||2-24||None||3rd Down Conversion||3 of 9||8 of 19|
|Blackmon||-||1-26||1-(-5)||4th Down Conversion||0 of 1||2 of 2|
|Defense||T||TFL||S||Int.||FF||FR||Sacks By: No. - Yds.||1-5||1-7|
|Field Goal Attempts||Guman||11-3-14||1.0-1||-||-||-||-|
|None||Posluszny||9-3-12||3.0-16||1.0-5||-||1||-||PSU PARTICIPANTS (46) - 1 A. Phillips, 2 Vendemia, 4 Gould, 5 Kanuch, 6 D. Johnson, 7 Mills, 9 T. Phillips, 10 Lowry, 11 J. Ganter, 11 Golden, 12 M. Robinson, 14 Kubic, 17 Chisley, 18 Guman, 19 G. Smith, 20 T. Shaw, 21 Zemaitis, 22 Hardy, 24 McCready, 26 Hunt, 29 Cronin, 31 Posluszny, 32 Gasparato, 33 A. Scott, 35 Zwierzynski, 36 Kapinos, 39 Jefferson, 40 Connor, 41 Paxson, 43 Kilmer, 44 Hall, 45 Bedics, 50 Richardson, 55 Rice, 56 Sothern, 59 Rush, 67 L. Brown, 74 Reed, 77 EZ Smith, 81 Smolko, 83 R. Scott, 85 Alford, 87 Bronson, 91 Hali, 92 E. Johnson, 94 Wake.|