September 30, 2006

BC blanks Maine

CHESTNUT HILL, Massachusetts -- Andre Callender and Brian Toal each rushed for touchdowns and the defense pitched a shutout to lead Boston College to a 22-0 victory over Division I-AA Maine.

Out of the rankings after a last-second loss at North Carolina State last week, Boston College (3-1) held Maine to 148 total yards, 11 first downs and posted its first shutout since a 38-0 victory over Ball State on October 1 last season.

Callender rushed for 76 yards on 11 carries. He gave the Eagles a 12-0 lead on a 25-yard TD run with 8:54 left in the first half.

Ryan Ohliger kicked field goals of 29 and 30 yards in the first half as Boston College opened a 15-0 lead.

Toal capped the scoring with a one-yard TD run with 3:14 left in the third quarter. It was the fourth rushing TD of the season for Toal and 10th career.

The Boston College offense struggled overall however as quarterback Matt Ryan was efficient with 15 completions in 26 attempts but the Eagles couldn't muster many big plays against the outmatched Black Bears.

One of the highlights of the game was Toal's 51-yard run down the right sideline, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. The absence of wideout Brandon Robinson hurt the passing game.

On defense, senior leader Ryan Glasper returned to action while fellow safety Jamie Silva missed his first game. BC forced five fumbles on the day and recovered three.

Ohliger, who has struggled mightily over the last couple of games hit both extra points and his two field goals, although he had a longer attempt blocked.

BC is off next week and will return to action on Oct. 12 against Virginia Tech. The Hokies were thumped 38-27 by Georgia Tech Saturday.

The win moves BC to 4-1 on the season.

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