Boston College Report

Eagles coach Tom O'Brien doesn't believe his team will miss a step after its bye week. <br><br>"I don't think that will be a problem," O'Brien said. "We're going into a conference game and looking to win this conference. So, every week is a championship game."

Boston College (4-1) will resume its schedule at Pittsburgh (3-2) on Saturday. The Eagles are coming off a 29-7 victory over I-AA Massachusetts on Oct. 2.

If redshirt freshman Andre Callender recovers from a nagging groin injury, O'Brien may have to split carries among three running backs -- Callender, A.J. Brooks and L.V. Whitworth, each of whom have turned in 100-yard performances this season.

O'Brien said Brooks will start at Pittsburgh, but any of the three could see significant time.

Senior quarterback Paul Peterson continues to operate Boston College's offense efficiently. Peterson has completed 86 of 145 pass attempts for 1,035 yards and eight touchdowns (against six interceptions).

He led the Eagles to six straight wins as a starter dating to last season before losing at Wake Forest on Sept. 25.

Following the trip to Pittsburgh, Boston College will wrap up its non-conference schedule at Notre Dame. The Eagles finished 5-1 on the road in 2003 en route to their fifth straight postseason appearance.

** Boston College owns the Big East's second-ranked rushing offense (183.6 ypg.) thanks to its talented trio of backs: A.J. Brooks, Andre Callender and L.V. Whitworth. The Eagles also have the league's top third-down conversion percentage (46.3).

** The conference's best defense has allowed only five touchdowns and four field goals in five games. Opponents have averaged just 84.0 rushing yards.

Quote The Coach: "I think they're all unselfish players, that's what it takes to be an offensive lineman. You operate out of the limelight." -- Boston College coach Tom O'Brien, on the program's tradition of recruiting standout linemen.

Inside The Game: Boston College at Pittsburgh, Oct. 16 -- If Boston College's defense can break through Pittsburgh's beat-up offensive line and pressure QB Tyler Palko, the Eagles should improve to 2-0 in the Big East. In the process, they will avenge a 24-13 setback to the Panthers in Chestnut Hill, Mass., last season.

Matchup: CB/KR Will Blackmon -- The 6-0, 198-pound junior leads the nation with a 38.5-yard kickoff return average. He has already broken one for a touchdown. Blackmon also leads the Eagles in tackles with 26.

DE Mathias Kiwanuka -- The 6-8, 249-pound junior ranks second in the Big East with four sacks. He finished the 2003 season as the league's sack leader (11.5). Kiwanuka has recorded 25 total tackles, nine for loss.

Quick Hit: RB Andre Callender (groin) has returned to practice, but is still questionable for the Pittsburgh game. ... Freshman LB Brian Toal made his first career start in place of junior Jon Misiewicz against Massachusetts. ... Redshirt freshman LB Jolonn Dunbar has also made an early impact.

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