Second-Half Eagle Surge Too Much For Devils
Dec. 25, 2000
HONOLULU - If Tom O'Brien decides to leave, the Boston College Eaglescertainly gave him a rousing sendoff.
Tim Hasselbeck threw two long second-half touchdown passes and CedricWashington scored on an 11-yard run as the Eagles beat Arizona State 31-17 inthe Aloha Bowl on Monday.
O'Brien has been prominently mentioned as a replacement for the retiringGeorge Welsh at Virginia. O'Brien has long ties with Welsh at Navy and with theCavaliers, who won Sunday's Oahu Bowl over Georgia 37-14.
The game marked the end of Bruce Snyder's term at Arizona State. He wasfired late in the season and will be replaced by former Boise State coach DirkKoetter.
With the teams playing to a 10-10 tie at the half, Boston College (7-5)scored twice in a two-minute span of the third quarter to break the game open.
The scores came on Hasselbeck's passes of 58 yards to Dedrick Dewalt and 40yards to Ryan Read. Two series later, Washington put the game out of reach withhis 11-yard run.
Hasselbeck did not post impressive numbers, going only 8-of-21, but thelong-gainers more than offset the low passing percentage. The Eagles also got astrong performance out of Washington, who picked up 109 yards on 22 carrieswhile filling in for suspended starter William Green.
The first half was one of missed opportunities.
Arizona State (6-6) got on the board on its first possession with Tom Pacecapping a 46-yard drive with a 14-yard run.
The Eagles moved ahead Washington's 10-yard run and Mike Sutphin'scareer-best 50-yard field goal, but Mike Barth countered with a 28-yard fieldgoal to tie it.
But both teams failed to take advantage of good field position.
The Sun Devils got to the BC 19, but Willie Poole picked off Jeff Krohn'spass in the end zone. They got to the Eagles' 1 in the second quarter, butGriffin Goodman fumbled and Paul Cook pounced on it for Boston College. It wasone of five Arizona State turnovers in the game.
Goodman was inserted into the lineup after Krohn dislocated his rightshoulder in the second quarter.
The Eagles got to the Arizona State 7 in the first half, but a fake fieldgoal went awry.
By GORDON SAKAMOTO
Associated Press Writer