Boston College 21, Penn State 7 Penn State Nittany LionsBoston College Eagles
September 11, 2004
Alumni Stadium - Chestnut Hill, MA
Attendance: 44,500
Kickoff Time: 8:00 p.m. EDT
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Penn State 0 0 7 0 7
Boston College 7 7 7 0 21

Scoring Summary
1st 08:08 BC - D. Kashetta 6-yard pass from P. Peterson (Ohliger kick)
2nd 08:19 BC - G. Adams 26-yard pass from P. Peterson (Ohliger kick)
3rd 10:26 PSU - R. Scott 13-yard pass from Z. Mills (Gould kick)
  2:35 BC - M. Palmer 2-yard pass from P. Peterson (Ohliger kick)

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.
  If this sounds familiar to Nittany Lions followers who cringed while watching these guys go through their agonizing 2003 season, that's because it is.
  Any encouragement Penn State was able to draw from its 48-10 opening-day win over Akron was siphoned away last night as BC knocked off the Nittany Lions, 21-7, in a nonconference game before a sellout crowd of 44,500 at Alumni Stadium.
  Using his scrambling ability to buy himself time and orchestrating a ball-control offense that kept Penn State off-balance for most of the game, Peterson tossed three touchdown passes as BC (2-0) defeated the Nittany Lions for the second straight season and the third consecutive time overall. There was a time when Penn State owned BC, winning 19 of the teams' first 20 meetings.
  "Turnovers, penalties, and we didn't play very smart," dejected coach Joe Paterno said. "When you don't run the ball, it will hurt you every time."
  Penn State continued a bad habit it picked up last season when it allowed 11 backs to run for more than 100 yards. This time, it was BC's Andre Callender, a redshirt freshman who gained 114 yards on 27 carries in the first extensive action of his career.
  For the Nittany Lions, the bad omens came early when they were called for two roughing-the-punter penalties on BC's first possession, helping the Eagles to an early lead and enabling them to build momentum they never allowed to slip away.
  Penn State committed five turnovers, with Zack Mills being intercepted four times. The fourth interception came with 2 minutes, 43 seconds remaining, when the Nittany Lions were threatening to score.
  The cool night quickly turned hot for Paterno, who raced up the sideline fuming at an official over a roughing-the-punter call against Darien Hardy on BC's first possession. Some of the Nittany Lions were gesturing that Hardy had gotten a piece of the ball, but their complaints were to no avail.
  "Obviously, we thought the ball was tipped," Paterno said. "But you've got to put those things behind you."
  The two roughing-the-punter penalties kept that long first drive going for BC, and Peterson pecked away at the Nittany Lions' defense with short passes. He capped the 80-yard drive with a 6-yard pass to David Kashetta, his 6-foot-4 tight end, who used his three-inch height advantage over Penn State cornerback Anwar Phillips to make a leaping catch for a 7-0 lead. The drive consumed 6:52.
  "It was a momentum shift early in the game," said Penn State receiver Gerald Smith, who made five catches for 74 yards. "I don't think that first [roughing-the-punter call] was a penalty."
  Penn State seemed bent on tying the score when Mills completed three passes for 31 yards and Tony Hunt made a great spin move for a 12-yard gain to the BC 16. But after an offside call against Penn State, BC linebacker Ray Henderson ended the drive with an interception. Brian Toal, a highly regarded freshman linebacker, tipped the pass to set up the interception.

Paul Posluszny

  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
Rushing Att Gain Lost Net TD LG Rushing Att Gain Lost Net TD LG FIRST DOWNS 21 19
Callender 27 122 8 114 0 15 Hunt 14 52 11 41 0 12 Rushing 6 5
Peterson 7 27 15 12 0 10 Robinson 4 35 0 35 0 12 Passing 13 11
Brooks 2 2 0 2 0 2 Mills 3 4 7 -3 0 4 Penalty 2 3
Ross 3 3 2 1 0 2 Rushing Attempts 21 40
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
Receiving No. Yds TD LG Hunt 7 55 0 21 Passes Attempted 41 31
Palmer 5 22 1 6 G. Smith 5 74 0 20 Passes Completed 23 23
Adams 4 50 1 26 Robinson 5 54 0 23 Had Intercepted 4 0
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
Returns PR KOR INTR Miscellaneous Yards 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.
A. Phillips 5-2-7 - - - - -
Defense T TFL S Int. FF FR Zemaitis 4-3-7 - - - - -
Brown 4-4-8 - - - - 1-0 Wake 2-5-7 0.5-1 - - - -
Dunbar 5-2-7 - - - 1 -              
Blackmon 3-4-7 - - 1-(-5) - -              
Stancil 3-4-7 - - 1-17 - -              
Silva 2-2-4 - - - - - Starting Lineups