Army marches into Alumni Stadium for Saturday game

Sept. 7, 2005

Fresh off their season-opening 20-3 win at BYU, the Boston College Eagles are set to open the 2005 home season with a game against the Army Black Knights. The game, which will be televised live by ESPN Classic, will kick off at 12:36 p.m. from Alumni Stadium and will once again place BC Coach Tom O'Brien, a 1971 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, across the field from his collegiate rival.

Boston College and Army are meeting for the 35th time in series history. The Eagles hold a 22-12 advantage. BC holds a 9-2 advantage at home. The Eagles have won three straight over the Cadets.

In his first game since 2003, senior quarterback Quinton Porter put on a passing display in the Eagles' 20-3 win over BYU last week. Porter completed 27-of-35 passes for 232 yards and one touchdown in the game while eclipsing the 2,000-yard career passing mark (2,078). His 27 completions and 77 percent completion rate each marked career bests (minimum of 20 passes). A 2005 candidate for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award as well as a candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Porter has now completed 181-of-305 career attempts (59.3 percent), which ranks third on BC's all-time completion percentage list. Porter started the first 10 games as a junior in the 2003 season before injuring his hand. He was replaced as starter by Paul Peterson and then redshirted last season.

The last time these two teams played was on Sept. 29, 2001, when a 17-0 first-quarter start by Boston College was more than enough to defeat Army 31-10 in front of 43,042 fans at Alumni Stadium. Despite defeating the Black Knights by 21 points, the game was a show of two different halves for BC. In the first half, the Eagles' offense put up 202 total yards, but, while they picked up 194 yards in the second half, 54 of those yards came on one drive in the fourth quarter, with 42 yards coming on tailback William Green's touchdown run. It took only 1:19 for the Eagles' defense to make their presence felt.

After picking up 18 yards on its first two plays of the game, Army quarterback Chad Jenkins was picked off by Eagle linebacker Scott Bradley, who scampered 27 yards into the end zone to give BC a 7-0 lead. Following another defensive stand by the Eagles, quarterback Brian St. Pierre hit wide receiver Dedrick Dewalt on a 20-yard slant to give BC a 14-0 lead. Dewalt finished the game with season-highs in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (84), while St. Pierre completed 18-of-25 passing attempts for 176 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Place kicker Kevin McMyler connected on a 39-yard field goal to give BC a 17-0 advantage going into halftime.

The Eagles continued to look strong early in the second half. St. Pierre hit wide receiver Jamal Burke on an 18-yard pass to give BC a 24-0 lead. Army trimmed the lead to 14 points (24-10) on Omari Thompson's 39-yard touchdown reception and a Chad Jacobs' field goal. But the Eagles responded as Green broke loose through the Army secondary and galloped 42 yards to the end zone. Green finished with 115 yards rushing, his eighth career 100-yard game.