No. 25 Miami 35, Boston College 17
Nov. 01, 1998
MIAMI (AP) _ Edgerrin James sparked a 21-point first quarter with two touchdown runs, shredding the Boston College defense for 182 yards rushing as No. 25 Miami beat the Eagles 35-17 Saturday night.
James, who set a Big East rushing record with 271 yards in last year's 45-44 overtime victory, scored on runs of 2 and 1 yards as Miami (5-2, 3-1 Big East) put things away early by scoring on its first three possessions.
Scott Covington fired a 10-yard TD pass to Daryl Jones to complete the first-quarter romp. Freshman Najeh Davenport added two second-half TD runs as the Hurricanes finished with 582 yards.
John Matich kicked a 53-yard field goal and Anthony DiCosmo and Dedrick Dewalt caught TD passes for Boston College, which lost its fifth straight game. The Eagles (3-5, 2-3) were winless in October for the second consecutive year.
Mike Cloud, the nation's No. 2 rusher with a 164-yard average, was held to 75 yards and failed to break the Big East career mark of 3,114 by Terrell Willis of Rutgers. Cloud, with 3,098 yards, has a new target _ West Virginia's Amos Zereoue broke the record Saturday and now has 3,237.
Miami has won nine straight meetings since Boston College's improbable 1984 triumph, when Doug Flutie hit Gerard Phelan with a 48-yard TD pass on the game's final play.
The Hurricanes rolled up 211 yards in the first quarter, 149 on the ground, in jumping to a 21-0 lead.
James, who carried 31 times, had seven rushes for 32 yards on the game's opening series, capped when he twice bounced off tacklers for a 2-yard touchdown 3:32 into the game.
James went the final yard of a 56-yard drive on Miami's next series, giving the Hurricanes a 14-0 lead with 6:17 left in the first quarter. And Miami needed just four plays on its third possession to score again, James Jackson's 79-yard run setting up Covington's TD pass to Jones.
The Eagles pulled to 21-7 before halftime on Scott Mutryn's 20-yard scoring pass to DiCosmo.
Davenport's 7-yard run capped a 14-play drive on Miami's first possession after halftime, pushing the lead to 28-7. Boston College countered with Matich's 53-yard field goal.
Davenport added a 2-yard scoring run with 10:51 remaining for a 35-10 lead. Boston College capped the scoring on Dewalt's 15-yard TD catch from Cedric Washington on a halfback option with 90 seconds left.