Tailback Curt Warner scored twice and rushed for more than 100 yards for the fifth straight time to lead second-ranked Penn State over Boston College, 38-7, yesterday in State College, Pa.
Fullback Mike Meade rushed for a career-high 107 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Todd Blackledge threw a scoring pass and finished with a personal best of 182 yards passing. Warner had 105 yards on 22 carries.
The Nittany Lions (4-0) forced seven turnovers and did not allow Boston College to cross midfield until the second half. The loss was the third straight for the Eagles after an opening victory.
Penn State had 483 yards total offense (288 rushing, 195 passing) to 231 for Boston College. The Nittany Lions have outscored their opponents, 150-31.
Understandably, the final result left an impression on Boston College Jack Bicknell.
"If they're not one, two or three (in the rankings), I don't know where they'd be," he said. "Nobody could be a heck of a lot better."
Brian Franco of Penn State kicked a 31-yard field goal in the first period, but ended a streak of 10 straight successful attempts when he missed a 47-yarder in the second period.