EAST ROUNDUP : No. 10 Penn State Outlasts Boston College, 28-21
Tenth-ranked Penn State defeated winless Boston College, 28-21, Saturday at State College, Pa., but Penn State Coach Joe Paterno didn’t think much of his team’s performance.
“We’re not a very smart football team,” Paterno said. “There is no question about that.”
Penn State (4-1), which was favored by 27 points, needed five interceptions to bail itself out for the victory over the winless Eagles, who had lost to Michigan, Georgia Tech and Rutgers.
The Nittany Lions were behind, 7-6, at halftime and, after building a 28-7 lead, had to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by Boston College (0-4) that ended with an overthrown pass in the end zone on the final play of the game.
Darren Perry intercepted three passes for Penn State, setting up three scoring drives and returning one 45 yards for a touchdown.
Penn State quarterback Tony Sacca was sacked six times, but he completed 16 of 22 passes for a career-high 292 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a touchdown.
Penn State scored on plays of 42, 56 and 45 yards and Sacca’s five-yard run for a touchdown was set up by a 44-yard pass play.
Glenn Foley completed 17 of 34 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns for Boston College, but he also had five passes intercepted and was sacked four times.
Seven of Foley’s completions for 118 yards went to tight end Mark Chmura, who broke the Eagles’ career receptions record of 139 set by Tom Waddle from 1985 to 1989. Chmura, who caught a 20-yard pass for the Eagles’ second touchdown, has 142 catches.
Trailing 28-7, Boston College scored twice in the final quarter, on Foley’s 20-yard pass to Chmura and a 46-yard pass play to Pete Mitchell.
Army 21, Harvard 20--Backup quarterback Myreon Williams, pressed into action when Willie McMillian injured a knee midway through the third quarter, rushed for 98 yards in 22 carries to lead the Cadets (2-1) at West Point, N.Y.
Mike Giardi completed 14 of 23 passes for 275 yards and scored twice for Harvard (1-1).
Temple 40, Howard 0--Temple (1-3), which opened its season with road losses to Alabama, Pittsburgh and Clemson, cruised to victory as Trent Thompson passed for two touchdowns and Conrad Swanson ran for two scores at Philadelphia.
Howard (2-2), a Division I-AA team playing its first I-A opponent, got into Temple territory only three times.
Bowling Green 22, Navy 19--Erik White passed for 307 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 5:29 left, as Bowling Green (3-1) overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat the Midshipmen (0-4) at Annapolis, Md.
Princeton 20, Fordham 17--Fordham (0-3) drove to Princeton’s 35-yard line with three minutes left, but Gary Brennan fumbled on a fourth and one, securing a victory for the Tigers (2-0) at New York.
Holy Cross 45, Pennsylvania 0--Quarterback Tom Ciaccio completed 21 of 34 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns as Holy Cross (3-0) extended the longest Division I-AA winning streak to 12 games with the victory over Penn (0-2) at Worcester, Mass.
Dartmouth 34, Bucknell 16--Al Rosier rushed for 167 yards in 24 carries and scored two touchdowns at Hanover, N.H., as Dartmouth began the season 2-0 for the first time since 1977.
Bucknell is 1-3.
Yale 24, Lafayette 14--Quarterback Nick Crawford gained 167 yards in 22 carries and scored on a 65-yard run to lead Yale (2-0) to the victory over Lafayette (1-2) at Easton, Pa.
Lehigh 22, Columbia 9--Glen Kempa passed for 346 yards to lead Lehigh (2-0) over Columbia (0-2) at New York.