Boston College Beats Florida State, 27-17

Associated Press
Sunday, November 16, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 15 -- Montel Harris ran for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Marcellus Bowman went 87 yards with an interception for another score to help Boston College beat No. 20 Florida State, 27-17, on Saturday night, a day after five Seminoles players were suspended for fighting.

"It was a lousy week," Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden said.

The Eagles picked off Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder three times and held the Seminoles to just 73 yards rushing.

It was the fourth straight year the visiting team has won in this budding rivalry. Florida State knocked off a previously unbeaten and second-ranked Boston College team last year in Boston by an identical 27-17 score.

Boston College (7-3, 3-3 ACC) jumped to a 14-0 lead and never trailed while keeping its hopes alive for a spot in next month's ACC title game in Tampa. Boston College can win the Atlantic Division by beating Wake Forest and Maryland the next two weeks.

Florida State (7-3, 4-3) needs to win at Maryland next week and hope for help to have any chance to make it to Tampa. The Seminoles have trailed by double digits in their last five games, though they've won three.

Not Saturday.

Harris, from nearby Jacksonville, scored from a yard out to give Boston College a 24-10 lead in the final minute of the third quarter before Florida State briefly made it interesting.

Preston Parker's 29-yard touchdown pass to Greg Carr was set up by punter Graham Gano's 24-yard run on a fake and got Florida State within a touchdown in the first minute of the final quarter.

Ponder went to Carr moments later in the end zone trying for a tie, but was picked off by Boston College's DeLeon Gause, killing Florida State's last push.

"We really couldn't get it together and it starts with me," Ponder said.

Boston College moved 69 yards on just five plays on the game's opening drive to score on Chris Crane's 14-yard pass to Rich Gunnell. Bowman's 87-yard interception return gave BC a 14-0 lead.

Florida State played without wide receivers Taiwan Easterling, Bert Reed, Corey Surrency, Cameron Wade and Richard Goodman -- all suspended Friday by Bowden for a midweek fight on campus with members of a fraternity.

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