Doug Flutie passed for 380 yards and two touchdowns, but 19th-ranked Boston College, which held a 21-0 lead over Penn State after 19 minutes, had to hold on for a 27-17 victory yesterday in Foxboro, Mass.
Boston College (6-1) won its first ever over the Nittany Lions (5-4) after 11 losses, and ended Penn State's five-game winning streak.
Flutie completed 24 of 43 passes, including touchdowns of 10 yards to Brian Brennan and 67 yards to tailback Troy Stradford. Steve Strachan scored from four yards out and Kevin Snow kicked two field goals. Brennan tied two school records by catching 12 passes for 175 yards.
"Last year was very frustrating. We had our chances to win and we just didn't do it," said Flutie, referring to a 52-17 defeat by Penn State in which he passed for 520 yards. "We proved today that we are not afraid of anyone. We set up our game plan according to their defense, and we figured they would come at us with conservative pass coverages."
Penn State Coach Joe Paterno said, "Boston College is in the same class with Iowa, Alabama and West Virginia. I guess they are No. 1 in the East if they beat us."
In the first half, Flutie completed 15 of his first 23 passes for 252 yards and the two touchdowns. Brennan's scoring reception, completing an 80-yard drive after the opening kickoff, made it 7-0, and five plays into the second quarter the Eagles took a 14-0 lead on Flutie's pass to Stradford.
Boston College made it 21-0 less than three minutes later on Strachan's score, in which he caught the ball after it was deflected by Brennan.
Penn State pulled to 21-10 at halftime, and made it 24-17 with 7:19 remaining on Doug Strang's 20-yard pass to Brian Siverling. But Boston College ensured the victory on Snow's 40-yard field goal.