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Boston College 31, West Virginia 24

September 13, 1997

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) _ Mike Cloud ran for two touchdowns and Matt Hasselbeck threw for two in a 12-minute span as Boston College erased a 17-3 halftime deficit and beat West Virginia 31-24 Saturday.

Cloud rushed for 211 yards and BC’s last two scores of 11 and 66 yards as a replacement for Omari Walker, last year’s Big East rushing leader who left the game late in the first half with a sprained ankle.

Hasselbeck tied the score 17-17 on scoring passes of 9 yards to Derrick Crittenden and 12 yards to Anthony DiCosmo. In the first half, two interceptions off Hasselbeck set up West Virginia touchdowns.

Boston College (1-1) rebounded from a shocking 28-21 season-opening loss to Temple and gave coach Tom O’Brien, who replaced Dan Henning, his first win. West Virginia (2-1) lost to the Eagles for the first time in seven games and the first time in nine games at Alumni Stadium.

BC’s defense was outstanding all day, holding Amos Zereoue to 68 yards on 19 carries and a 1-yard touchdown. He entered the game as the nation’s No. 2 rusher with 186.5 yards per game.

After Cloud’s 11-yard run gave BC a 24-17 lead with six minutes left in the game, the Eagles held Zereoue to a 1-yard gain on fourth-and-2 at their 14.

On the next series, Cloud, who finished with 24 carries, ran on all five plays, covering 87 yards and capped by his 66-yard score that made it 31-17.

Marc Bulger’s second touchdown pass of the game to Shawn Foreman, a 38-yarder, cut the lead to 31-24. And West Virginia had an excellent opportunity to tie it when David Richardson recovered the kickoff at the BC 15 with 3:50 to go before an Eagles player touched it.

But the defense held again with two sacks, an incompletion and a fourth-down interception by Markell Blount.

After West Virginia’s opening 53-yard march led to Jay Taylor’s 36-yard field goal, the Mountaineers managed just five first downs and 115 yards on the next eight possessions.

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