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Boston College Routs Toledo

December 27, 2002|From Associated Press

DETROIT — Boston College played like a team on a mission.

Brian St. Pierre led the Eagles to touchdowns on their first six possessions and Boston College routed Toledo, 51-25, in the Motor City Bowl on Thursday.

St. Pierre completed 25 of 35 passes for a career-high 342 yards and three touchdowns as Boston College (9-4) capped one of the most successful four-year runs in school history.

The Eagles' senior class, which includes St. Pierre, won its 32nd game, tying the 1981-84 group for the most victories in a four-year span in the past 60 years.

Boston College became the ninth team in school history to win at least nine games and the first since 1993. It also appeared in a bowl game for a fourth consecutive season. The Eagles are 32-17 over that span.

"When I first got here, I would have never believed that we could go to four straight bowls and win the last three," St. Pierre said.

Toledo (9-5) wasn't able to take advantage of a partisan crowd at Detroit's new Ford Field, which is located about an hour north of the Rockets' campus.

"They won the battles in the trenches on both sides of the ball and that's what won them the game," Toledo Coach Tom Amstutz said.

Toledo left tackle Nick Kaczur was ejected near the end of the first half for twice punching Boston College defensive end Phil Mettling during a scrum after a two-point conversion by the Rockets made it 42-18.

As a result, the teams were not allowed to go into the tunnel together at halftime. Officials halted the Rockets near the end zone as Boston College's players made their way into the locker room.

A second Toledo player, defensive back Brock Dodrill, was ejected early in the third quarter when he hit St. Pierre out of bounds.

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