Shawn Halloran threw touchdown passes on Boston College's first two second-half drives and the Eagles survived two Temple touchdowns in the last four minutes for a 28-25 victory yesterday in Newton, Mass.
Halloran, the successor to Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, had scoring passes of 14 yards to Troy Stradford and 11 yards to Darren Flutie, Doug's younger brother. That gave the Eagles (1-1) a 22-7 lead with 5:01 gone in the third quarter.
Boston College built a 28-10 lead midway through the fourth quarter on a two-yard run by John Mihalik. Temple rallied (0-1) to score on a one-yard run by quarterback Lee Saltz with 3:57 remaining and an 11-yard pass from Saltz to Chris Chambers with 46 seconds to go.
The Owls' last hope died when Boston College recovered the onside kick after Chambers' touchdown.
The Owls took a 7-0 lead when they drove 87 yards after the opening kickoff to a three-yard touchdown run by Saltz. Tim George's 26-yard field goal made the score 7-3, and Ken Bell gave Boston College the lead for good with a 14-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.
Halloran had a mediocre first half, but put the Eagles in command early in the third quarter. He opened the first series of the period with a 23-yard completion to Peter Casparriello and closed it with the touchdown pass to Stradford, who ran the last eight yards. The Eagles led, 15-7, when George missed an extra-point attempt for the second time.
On the third play of the next series, Boston College's Tom Porell recovered Saltz's fumble at the Temple 38-yard line. Stradford had runs of two and eight yards around Halloran's 17-yard completion to Casparriello before Halloran passed to Flutie on the right side of the end zone.
Jim Cooper's 31-yard field goal late in the third period cut the lead to 22-10.
Stradford injured his left hamstring late in the game, joining tight end Scott Gieselman, who suffered a shoulder bruise in the first half. It is not known whether either player will be available for Saturday's game against Maryland.