A win over Temple is rarely a defining moment for a program, but for Boston College, it was an indication of how far the Eagles have come.
Brandon Brokaw ran for three touchdowns and Derrick Knight added 73 yards rushing and a touchdown as the Eagles (7-4, 2-4 in the Big East Conference) gained a 36-14 victory over the Owls (4-8, 2-5) on Saturday.
The win guaranteed Boston College's fourth straight winning season, the first time the program has done that since 1977. The Eagles experienced four straight losing seasons from 1995-98.
"This is just a great accomplishment for our football team," Boston College coach Tom O'Brien said. "It hasn't always been what we've wanted but winning is the most important thing."
The Eagles outgained Temple, 351-222, in total yardage, and quarterback Brian St. Pierre was 13 of 28 for 203 yards and an interception. Brokaw had 55 yards on 18 carries.
Boston College has now won three of its last four heading into its final regular season game at home against Rutgers. The Eagles, who are going to a bowl game for the fourth straight year for the first time in program history, have won 10 of the last 12 against the Owls.
Around the MAC
Byron Leftwich came off the bench and threw for 219 yards and a touchdown as Marshall (8-2, 6-1) took a 24-21 Mid-American Conference win over Ohio (4-7, 4-3) and earned a second straight berth in the GMAC Bowl. The Thundering Herd clinched their sixth straight MAC East Division title and will host either Toledo or Northern Illinois in the conference title game Dec. 7. After the game, Marshall accepted the bid to the GMAC Bowl on Dec. 18 in Mobile, Ala., and will play a team from Conference USA. Kevin Kerr missed a 47-yard field goal attempt for Ohio that would have tied it.
Donta Greene caught a 26-yard TD pass from Brian Jones with 41 seconds left as Toledo (8-3, 6-1) rallied from a 17-0 deficit to take a 33-30 MAC win over Northern Illinois (8-4, 7-1). If Toledo defeats Bowling Green next week, the Rockets win the Western Division. If Bowling Green wins, Northern Illinois takes the division.
Ryan Schneider threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns and Alex Haynes ran for 156 yards and two scores as Central Florida (6-5, 5-2) scored a 48-31 MAC win over Miami of Ohio (7-5, 5-3).
Around the nation
DeAngelo Williams rushed for 110 yards and two second-half touchdowns as Memphis (3-8, 2-5) took a 38-10 win over Army (1-10, 1-7) in Conference USA.
Fabian Davis scored on a 5-yard run with 53 seconds to play to lift Wake Forest (6-5) to a 30-27 victory over Navy (1-10).
Luke Graham caught four passes for 137 yards including an 83-yard touchdown strike, as Colgate (9-3, 6-1) took a 25-20 Patriot League win over Holy Cross (4-8, 2-5).
Mike Mitchell completed 28 of 39 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown as Pennsylvania (9-1, 7-0) breezed past Cornell (4-6, 3-4), 31-0 for sole possession of the Ivy League championship.