William Green scored on plays covering 71 and 70 yards and Boston College's defense made the big plays at the end of a 21-17 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night that seriously damaged the Fighting Irish's bowl prospects.
The Eagles (6-2) clinched a winning season and became eligible for postseason play. The Irish (3-4) had a three-game winning streak ended despite quarterback Carlyle Holiday's 109 yards rushing and first two collegiate scoring passes.
Green, who rushed for 195 yards on 28 tries, scored on a 71-yard run and a 70-yard pass, but Notre Dame took a 17-14 lead on Nicholas Setta's 42-yard field goal with 1:30 left in the third quarter.
The Eagles went ahead, 21-17, on Brian St. Pierre's second touchdown pass, a 20-yarder to Jamal Burke with 12:32 left.
Then Notre Dame moved from its 37-yard line to a third-and-1 at the BC 16. Julius Jones was tackled for a 1-yard loss by Vinny Ciurciu and Doug Bessette knocked down Holiday's fourth-down pass in the end zone with 3:04 to go.
BC had a chance to run out the clock, but Green fumbled and Notre Dame's Tyreo Harrison recovered at his own 35 with 2:08 remaining.
On the next play Holiday was hurt on a 2-yard run and replaced by Matt LoVecchio, who was benched in favor of Holiday after Notre Dame lost its first two games.
LoVecchio got the Irish to a second-and-7 at the BC 20 then was tackled for no gain by Antonio Garay, threw an incompletion and was sacked by Sean Guthrie as BC got the ball back with 26 seconds left and ran out the clock.
Cornell breaks the ice
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Peter Iverson atoned for an earlier miss by kicking a 40-yard fourth-quarter field goal and Cornell avoided its worst start since 1985 by defeating Princeton, 10-7.
Ricky Rahne also threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Keith Ferguson, and safety Jamie Moriarty had a fumble recovery and an interception in the second half as Cornell (1-5 overall, 1-3 in the Ivy League) snapped a six-game losing streak dating to last season.
The win was the first for Cornell coach Tim Pendergast. The 0-5 start by the Big Red was its worst since losing six straight to begin the 1985 season.
David Splithoff threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mike Chiusano for Princeton (1-5, 1-3), which lost its fourth straight.
Taylor Northrop nearly tied the game with 7:21 to go, but his 57-yard field-goal attempt hit off the crossbar and bounced away.
Rahne finished 20 of 30 for 176 yards, while Evan Simmons had 20 carries for 106 yards.
Around the nation
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Byron Leftwich surpassed 400 yards passing for the third straight game, going 25 of 39 for 434 yards and four touchdowns, as Marshall (6-1, 5-0) romped to a 50-33 Mid-American Conference win over Akron (2-6, 2-3).
Freshman Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and Rod Clark returned an interception 15 yards for a score as Miami of Ohio (6-2, 5-0) took a 25-11 MAC win over Western Michigan (4-4, 3-2).
C.J. Young ran for four touchdowns, including the winning 13-yarder with 2:26 remaining, as Army (2-5, 2-4) took a 42-35 win over Tulane (2-7, 1-4) in Conference USA.
Chester Taylor ran for 195 yards and two touchdowns to lead Toledo (6-1) to a 21-20 victory over Navy (0-7). The Midshipmen have lost 17 of 18.
Matt Kobelski ran for a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead Colgate (5-2, 3-0) to its 20-16 Patriot League win over Lafayette (1-6, 0-4).
Marcus Merriweather scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter to give Ball State (3-4) its 10-5 win over Connecticut (2-5).