Eagles Come Storming Back

December 26, 2009 - 4:39 pm

Boston College was going to a place that it did not want to go. It was down by two touchdowns against a prime time opponent in a big game. Every other time that has happened this season the Eagles have basically curled into a ball as the hole they were in on the scoreboard got deeper (see Virginia Tech, Clemson, UNC). Then things started to click. Montel Harris found some running room against the Trojans defense and Dave Shinskie hit open receivers for good gains. The Eagles put together a quick scoring drive with Harris at the wheel (six plays, 2:24) to make it 14-6 with 9:54 remaining in the second quarter (senior place kicker Steve Aponavicius missed his first extra point of the year). The Eagles were able to force a turnover when junior Brad Newman put pressure on USC quarterback Matt Barkley who under threw a pass that junior free safety Wes Davis intercepted (his third of the year). The ensuing drive looked like it would die after guard Thomas Claiborne had a late hit personal foul penalty to pin the Eagles with a third-and-20. The Trojans let the worm off the hook with a pass interference penalty and an automatic first down. Two plays later Shinskie hit senior captain Rich Gunnell down the center seam and the crafty veteran took off for a 61 yard touchdown and just like that, BC was back in the game. The defense has settled down and now seems to understand the USC offense and how to get to Barkley, who is 15 for 19 for 179 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Shinskie is 8 for 13 for 159 yards and the touchdown. Harris bounced back in the second and now has 14 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown. Halftime - USC 14 BC 13