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Other Colleges Big East: BC gets uneasy military schools in consecutive weeks

Thursday, September 27, 2001

From staff and wire reports

Boston College Coach Tom O'Brien played for Navy and was an assistant there. His Eagles regularly play the Midshipmen.

This time was a new experience, especially playing in Annapolis, Md.

"It was a rather different weekend than normal at the academy because of the recent events," O'Brien said of his team's 38-21victory Saturday. "It wasn't as festive as it usually is, a much more somber tone."

Junior running back William Green carried Boston College, accumulating 224 yards of total offense, including 178 yards rushing. He scored one touchdown rushing, one receiving.

"We hand him the ball and a lot of the runs are similar to how you see people running the ball on Sunday," O'Brien said.

The Eagles (2-1, 1-0 Big East Conference) next will face another military academy that, like Navy, is facing anxious times when it is host to Army (0-2) Saturday.

"Thank goodness we don't have to go to West Point," O'Brien said.

Defensive crush

Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell promised All-American tackle Kendell Simmons a steak dinner if Simmons could contain Syracuse defensive end Dwight Freeney.

Simmons had to settle this week for whatever was being served at the Auburn training table.

It seems no one can keep Freeney in check. In the Orangemen's 31-14 win against Auburn on Saturday, the 6-foot-1, 255-pound senior had two sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered one, hurried the quarterback once. Three of his five tackles were for lost yardage.

"He's an extraordinary player," Syracuse Coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "They legitimately struggled with him."

Through four games this season, Freeney has eight sacks, 12 tackles for losses, 12 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles. In his past 12 games, he has 22 sacks.

Rutgers begins again

After getting pummeled by Miami and Virginia Tech to the collective tune of 111-0 in its past two games, Rutgers (1-2, 0-2) probably could declare it was tossing out its first three games and concentrating on its record the rest of the season -- none of its eight remaining opponents are ranked, beginning Saturday with winless Connecticut.

Surely, no one would blame the Scarlet Knights for doing that, but they are not.

"It's tempting to treat it like a second season, but we're in it for so much more than this season," first-year Coach Greg Schiano said. "We have to be concerned about the process, and it will pay dividends in the long run."

Kickin' around

Virginia Tech, considered a model of efficiency and tenacity on special teams, has gotten inconsistent play from kicker Carter Warley, who has made just four of nine field-goal attempts this season, including a 2-for-4 showing Saturday in a 50-0 win over Rutgers.

"Well, he's working hard," Coach Frank Beamer said of Warley, a redshirt sophomore. "I tell you this: I've got confidence in Carter Warley. When we need a kick, he'll be in there to kick it for us."

Not that a field goal or extra point will necessarily make a difference in most games for the Hokies, who hold a 133-10 scoring advantage so far.

Game of the week

West Virginia (2-1) could learn a lot about itself this week against Maryland (3-0).

Maryland has been a good non-league opponent for the Big East. The Terrapins, of the Atlantic Coast Conference, don't usually fit the role of patsy or bully, going 52-52-4 against the Big East.

For the Mountaineers, this game is chance for the spread offense to get another game's worth of experience under first-year coach Rich Rodriguez before a league date next week against No. 9 Virginia Tech.

Quoting 'em

Sean Ryan, Boston College redshirt sophomore tight end, who had his first touchdown reception in the Eagles' victory at Navy: "I didn't know what to do when I caught it. I just threw my hands up in the air. I just did what I felt, and that is all you can do. Sometimes in the pros when they do a celebration they are not sure what to do. I don't think you can rehearse anything because in times like that your mind goes blank and you just react and enjoy the moment."

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