Saturday's Top-Five Performers

After every game this season, win or lose, will take a look at the five players who stood out for the Eagles in a particular game. Here are Saturday's top performers.

5). CBs DeJuan Tribble and Jazzmen Williams. Initially, you might look at this selection and say, "BC gave up 330 yards passing. How are their corners on this list?" The big reasons are as follows: BYU's number one receiver caught two balls for 19 yards, BYU's biggest play from scrimmage was 26 yards, and BYU scored 3 points all day. Neither Tribble nor Williams got beat deep, a concern for many BC fans heading into the game. Height was a non-issue as Tribble might be listed at 5'9", but he plays a lot bigger than that. He made a couple of very nice open field tackles and was tremendous in one-on-one coverage. Williams was hardly seen on television, which means BYU rarely threw to his side of the field. Saturday saw a great performance by the secondary on the whole, especially the two starting cornerbacks.

4). K Ryan Ohliger. After a streaky 2004 freshman campaign, Ohliger got his sophomore season started off on the right foot. He drilled field goals of 38 and 25 yards and nailed two extra points. Not only was he perfect in scoring opportunities, but he also sent two kickoffs to the goal line which BYU returned for 13 and 15 yards respectively. In the second half he sent two kicks for touchbacks. Ohliger was money when BC needed him to be- especially on the first field goal following Brian Toal's key block- and he gave the Cougars bad field position on four separate occasions.

3). WR/DB William Blackmon. Welcome to the offense, Mr. Blackmon. In his first career game as a WR/DB/KR/PR, Blackmon caught eight passes for 100 yards. Most of those yards were gained after the catch, as the senior from Rhode Island showed that he not only belonged on offense, but that he might be BC's best wide receiver in the Tom O'Brien era. He also returned a punt for 24 yards and had one opportunity to field a kickoff, which he took from halfway into the end zone out to the 15-yard line. He saw some time on defense as well, recording at least one tackle and providing the aforementioned Williams and Tribble with much-needed rests.

2). TE Chris Miller. The senior from Arlington, Ohio, had his best career game with three catches for 28 yards and two touchdowns. Not only was he a big part of the passing game, but he threw a number of key blocks on BYU's 3-3-5 defense to open holes for running backs L.V. Whitworth and Andre Callender. On the second touchdown he did a tremendous job selling the run and then releasing into open space to catch his quarterback's pass.

1). QB Quinton Porter. Speaking of the quarterback, Porter had about as close to a perfect game as BC fans could have asked for. The senior from Portland, Maine, looked like a completely different player than the one who was under center at the start of the 2003 campaign. He was 27-35 for 232 yards and two touchdowns. He overthrew Blackmon once and missed Larry Lester on a deep ball, but other than that he was absolutely flawless. He didn't even come close to turning the ball over; he made great reads and did not force any passes into heavy coverage. He used his wide receivers on short routes and his running backs as safety valves and made high percentage plays all afternoon. He used his feet to scramble for a few first downs; anyone who doubted his speed before Saturday certainly won't anymore. Porter is the key to the Eagles' success in 2005, and he got his season started out on the right foot against BYU.

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