Eagles top Pack late, 38-31

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Boston College quarterback Chris Crane scored from 13 yards out with 22.8 seconds left to lift the Eagles over NC State 38-31 on Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley stadium.

Russell Wilson orchestrated another game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter, but this time it wasn't enough.

After Wilson's two-yard return tied the score at 31 each, Boston College took over with just under four minutes left on the clock. Quarterback Chris Crane promptly marched the the Eagles down the field, hitting a 36-yard pass to Lars Anderson and then running it in himself from 13 yards out with under a minute left. The Pack was unable to pull of the miracle on its final plays as the Eagles won 38-31 on Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley stadium.

Crane finished the game with five touchdowns, throwing for two and running for three more while throwing for 428 and yards on the day. Wilson finished with 209 yards, one touchdown and no interception while rushing for two scores of his own.

The Pack won the turnover battle, forcing two fumbles and an interception and not giving the ball away once. But the offense came away with just three points off turnovers in the game, unable to capitalize on the times when the Pack defense was able to stop Crane and the Eagles.

After trading 3-and-outs to start the game, both offenses heated up. Boston College got on the board first with a 61-yard scoring drive. The Eagles picked up a third-and-nine to keep the drive alive, then hit a 41-yard touchdown pass to Justin Jarvis on third-and-15 to go ahead by a touchdown early.

But Wilson and the Pack responded quickly, aided by a roughing the passer call and Wilson's legs. The drive got started on the right path when JC Neal returned it all the way to the Pack's 40 yard line. The roughing call put them into Eagle's territory, and two consecutive runs by Wilson tied the game. The touchdown run, an 11-yard scamper to the left, was aided by two nice blocks from wide receivers Darrell Davis and Spencer.

But the Eagles answered right back with another touchdown drive, an 80-yard march where Boston College didn't run the ball a single time. Taking advantage of a defensive line unable to get pressure on Crane, the Eagles threw passes of 20, 16, 14, 12 and 7 yards before another 12-yard strike to Rich Gunnell put Boston College up 14-7. The Eagles stretched their lead by another touchdown on their next possession, this time finishing off the drive with a 5-yard run from Crane.

But TJ Graham, who already had several long returns this season, put together his best run of season with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to give the Pack its momentum back. The play was almost identical to a 60-yard return he had after the Eagles last touchdown, but this time the freshman found another gear around the Eagles 40-yard line to blow past the last few Boston College defenders for the score.

After a Boston College fumble gave the ball back to the Pack, Wilson helped orchestrate a 16 play drive that lasted almost nine minutes but ended in just a field goal after a controversial play at the goal line. Wilson, who completed six straight passes on the drive, tried to stretch the ball over the goal line on third-and-one, but the ball was knocked away and ruled a fumble. The play was reviewed but not reversed even though it looked like the ball may have broken the plain, and the Pack had to settle for a 22-yard field goal.

On its first drive of the half, Boston College extended its lead thanks to a fake punt that put them deep in Pack territory. Facing fourth-and-four, the Eagles marched out the punting unit but instead of kicking gave the ball to Brian Toal who rumbled all the way down to the Pack's 20-yard line. Four plays later Crane ran it in from a yard out to give the Eagles an 11-point advantage. The Eagles kicked a field goal on their next possession, driving all the way down to the one-yard line but having to settle for three points.

The Pack got within a touchdown in a hurry though, hitting on a 61-yard strike to Spencer on the first play of its ensuing drive. Spencer simple streaked straight up the right hash mark, running by the safety and Wilson delivered a beautiful pass that hit his receiver in stride for the touchdown. The Pack then tied the game with just over three minutes left on a two yard run by Wilson. The play was aided by a pass interference call on third and goal from the 15-yard line that gave the Pack another shot. But the score was all in vain as Crane scored on a 13-yard run with under a minute remaining to win the game.


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