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Boston College defeats Kent State

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  September 11, 2010 04:13 PM

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It took awhile, but Boston College overcame a sluggish first half and rolled to a 26-13 win over Kent State this afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

The 2-0 Eagles will now have a week off before hosting Virginia Tech on Sept 25.

First Quarter
Boston College 3, Kent State 0
The Eagles, who seemed to play indifferently on defense at times last week in their victory over Weber State, came out aggressively against Kent State.

After forcing the Golden Flashes, who were playing without star running back Eugene Jarvis (groin) in a quick 3 and out situation on their first series, the Eagles' defense became more aggressive on the next series when defensive end Alex Albright picked off a Spencer Keith pass on the Kent 31 and returned it 22 yards to the 9.

The Eagles were unable to punch it in for a score, however, and had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Nate Freese to give them a 3-0 lead with 7:49 left in the first quarter.

Second Quarter
Boston College 6, Kent State 3
BC's offense fizzled with both Shinskie and back-up Mijke Marscovetra, who again came in for a few series in the second quarter. But a Marscovetra interception gave Kent the ball at the BC 46. The Golden Flashes couldn't do much, but still managed to tie the game when Fred Cortez came in and booted a 43-yard field goal to tie the game with 4:49 left in the first half.

Shinskie was back in the game for the Eagles on the next series and the Eagles finally showed some signs of offensive life as Shinskie moved the Eagles into Kent State territory with the first half clock winding down. Shinskie brought the Eagles to the Kent 21 before a pass interference call against the Golden Flashes on a Shinskie pass to Johnathan Coleman gave the Eagles a first and goal at the Kent 6 yard line.

But the Eagles offense stopped and BC was forced to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Freese which gave them a 6-3 lead as the first half ended.

Third Quarter
Boston College 20, Kent State 6
The Eagles finally got their offensive game face on at the start of the period as Shinskie took them 77 yards in 12 plays with Shinskie finishing the scoring march with a 23-yard TD pass to freshman wide receiver Bobby Swigert which gave the Eagles a 13-3 lead with 9:08 remaining in the period. Shinskie was 5 of 6 for 55 yards on the drive.

The Eagles tried to give some of it back on the next series when a Shinskie fumble gave Kent the ball on the BC 29. The Eagle defense held, but Cortez came in and kicked his second field of the game--the seventh straight game he has produced two or more field goals which cut the BC lead to 13-6 with 5:21 left in the third period.

The Eagles received another break following a Ryan Quigley punt when Dominick LeGrande recovered a muffed punt return, giving the Eagles a first down on the Kent 31 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Shinskie connected with Clyde Lee, who made a spectacular juggling catch in the end zone for the TD, which increased BC;s lead to 20-6.

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