Halftime - Eagles On Top

October 17, 2009 - 1:10 pm

CHESTNUT HILL -- North Carolina State has found the way to move the ball against the Boston College defense. Quarterback Russell Wilson has consistently thrown underneath the Eagles secondary for medium gains and the Wolfpack have moved the ball well. That does not mean they are putting it in the end zone.  Twice in the first half NC State has driven within the Boston College 20 yard line and twice they have ended up with field goals. Wilson is having a good game, eluding the Eagles rush and the occasional blitz by strong safety Marcellus Bowman to hit receivers downfield. Wilson was 19-30 for 187 yards in the half. Yet, as evidenced by their 2 for 9 third down conversion rate, the Wolfpack are having trouble finishing the deal against the Eagles defense. On the other end of the spectrum, Boston College has been able to use the big play against the NC State to put up 21 points in the first half. Montel Harris hit a 70 yard run that led to an Eagles touchdown, Dave Shinskie hit Colin Larmond, Jr. for a 59 yard touchdown and Jeff Smith returned a kickoff for 42 yards to the 50-yard line to set up a short field on the third touchdown. Harris has 12 carries for 132 yards on the half. Wes Davis intercepted Wilson in the last minute of the half to stop a Wolfpack tw0-minute drive. The Eagles drove back in the final 1:03 of the half for a 37 yard Steve Aponavicius field goal. Halftime - Boston College 24 NC State 13