West Virginia scored twice in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the game, on Jeff Hostetler's pass to Tom Gray and Ron Wolfley's 67-yard run on a faked kick, as the 12th-ranked Mountaineers defeated 19th-ranked Boston College, 27-17, yesterday at Newton, Mass.
West Virginia (4-0) built a 17-0 lead in the first period, then withstood quarterback Doug Flutie's passing, stopping the Eagles three times inside their five-yard line. Boston College is 3-1.
Flutie completed 23 of 51 passes for 418 yards but had three interceptions. "Is he only a junior?" asked West Virginia Coach Don Nehlen. "Oh God, that means we'll have to play him one more time."
The Eagles won the toss and lost their top runner, Troy Stradford, with a knee injury on the opening kickoff. Stradford, who will be out at least two weeks, fumbled as he was hit hard, and Cam Zopp recovered for West Virginia at the 16.
Gray carried for six yards to the 10, then took Hostetler's pass over the middle for the touchdown.
Wolfley scored three minutes later, taking the snap with the Mountaineers in punt formation, cutting to his right and sprinting down the sideline for his touchdown.
The Eagles then were stopped on six plays from the West Virginia five, hampered by a holding penalty on first down at the two.
Given that big boost, West Virginia drove down field to set up a 41-yard field goal by Paul Woodside. However, it lost Gray, its leading rusher, with a leg injury on that drive.
BC got on the board with Brian Waldron's 32-yard field goal early in the second quarter. But West Virginia again caught the Eagles by surprise when flanker Gary Mullen ended an 80-yard drive by racing 15 yards on a reverse for a touchdown and a 24-3 lead.