No. 17 Georgia Tech 30, Boston College 14
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) _ Rodney Wilkerson rushed for his first two college touchdowns in a sloppy first half and Shawn Jones ran for two in the second half as 17th-ranked Georgia Tech beat Boston College 30-14 Saturday.
Jones rushed 12 times for 91 yards, including touchdowns of 14 and 35 yards, and completed 15 of 29 passes for 224 yards.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked second in last year’s final poll, built a 16-0 halftime lead to 23-0 on Jones’ 14-yarder on the first series of the second half. He scored again with 5:15 left in the game, making the score 30-7.
But it wasn’t a smooth performance by last year’s only unbeaten Division I- A team, which lost 34-22 to Penn State in its only other game this season.
In the first half, Georgia Tech (1-1) suffered two interceptions, a lost fumble and a blocked punt. Boston College (0-3) had a tougher half, with four sacks, two interceptions, two blocked field goal attempts, a safety and a lost fumble.
The Yellow Jackets grabbed a quick lead even before they got the ball.
On fourth down at its 18-yard line, Boston College went into punt formation, but Mark Chmura snapped the ball over Bill Kushner’s head and out of the end zone for a safety on the game’s first series.
Georgia Tech got another quick score after Richard Kimsey recovered quarterback Glenn Foley’s fumble at the Boston College 31.
On the next play, Jones hit Anthony Rice for a 27-yard completion to the 4. Wilkerson, a freshman who ran only once for no yards against Penn State, then went around left end for the touchdown 9:35 into the game.
The Yellow Jackets got the ball back at their 19 after Tom Johnson blocked Sean Wright’s 34-yard field goal attempt. A 51-yard completion from Jones to Greg Lester got the ball to the Eagles’ 16.
Jimy Lincoln gained 13 yards on two runs, setting up Wilkerson’s 3-yard scoring burst up the middle.
Jones’ touchdowns capped drives of 72 and 50 yards.
Boston College made the score 23-7 with 1:03 left in the third quarter on a 12-yard pass from Foley to Chmura. Foley completed 3 of 6 passes for 55 yards on the 77-yard march.
Backup quarterback Bill Shaughnessy finished the scoring with a 1-yard run with 3:11 remaining.