John Matich kicked a 34-yard field goal with 2 minutes 57 seconds remaining yesterday, giving visiting Boston College a 24-23 victory over Syracuse.
It was the first win by Boston College (6-2, 3-2 Big East) in five games against Syracuse (5-3, 2-2), which lost its second straight. It also guaranteed the Eagles a winning season for the first time since 1994 and the sixth victory made them eligible to play in the postseason.
It was sweet redemption for the heartache of a week ago, when the Eagles blew a 28-0 third-quarter lead and lost to Miami.
"This shows a lot," said quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, whose 40-yard completion to Derrick Crittenden set up the winning kick. "It was tough for me to get over that game."
TEMPLE 56, RUTGERS 28: In Philadelphia, Devin Scott broke two Temple passing records, throwing for six touchdowns as the Owls rolled.
Using mostly screens and slants, Scott connected on his first 13 passes and 28 of his first 31. Overall, he was 36 of 45 for 311 yards and sat out most of the fourth quarter as Temple (2-6, 2-2) held a rare big lead.
Scott broke the school record of five touchdown passes set by Steve Joachim in 1974 and tied by Brian Broomell in 1979.