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BOWLING NEXT UP FOR EAGLES; IT'S HOLY TOLEDO IN MAC

A win over Rutgers was expected. Now Boston College is looking forward to being invited to a bowl game for the fourth consecutive year sometime next week.

Derrick Knight ran for 205 yards and one touchdown and caught a 52-yard pass for another score Saturday as the Eagles beat Rutgers, 44-14, extending the Scarlet Knights' Big East losing streak to 22 games.

Boston College (8-4, 3-4 Big East) is likely to go to its school-record fourth consecutive postseason game, the San Francisco Bowl on Dec. 31. The Eagles have won eight or more games in consecutive regular seasons for the first time since Tom Coughlin's 1992-93 teams.

"I think we're excited about the bowl game," BC quarterback Brian St. Pierre said. "I think there's bigger and better things we can get with that bowl game. We've got a chance for our ninth win, and that's something we've been harping on."

The Eagles, who lost their first four Big East games -- three against ranked teams Miami, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh -- felt that winning four of their last five games wiped out some of the disappointment from a tough midseason stretch.

"(It's) erased a little bit because we've got some things that we wanted to accomplish," Knight said. "But the pain is there a bit, which has kept us going."

The Scarlet Knights (1-11, 0-7) are winless in three straight conference seasons. Their last Big East win was against Syracuse on Nov. 13, 1999, and their last conference win on the road was at Pittsburgh on Oct. 17, 1998.

"We'll get better," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "We're a young football team. The thing that hurts me a great deal is that the seniors have to leave here before it gets done."

Toledo takes MAC West

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Brian Jones threw for three touchdowns and Trinity Dawson ran for three more as Toledo beat Bowling Green, 42-24, to win the Mid-American Conference's West Division title.

Toledo (9-3, 7-1) will play at Marshall on Saturday in the conference championship game.

Jones went 17 for 24 for 233 yards.

After Jones' 20-yard scoring pass to Carl Ford in the first quarter, Bowling Green (9-3, 6-2) answered with 17 straight points. Josh Harris had touchdown runs of 3 and 18 yards, and Shaun Suisham hit a field goal.

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Derrick Tinsley caught two touchdown passes from Casey Clausen as Tennessee beat Kentucky, 24-0, in the Southeastern Conference. The Volunteers (8-4, 5-3) have now won 18 straight against the Wildcats (7-5, 3-5). Tennessee's Casey Clausen completed 13 of 26 passes for 175 yards with no interceptions.

Byron Leftwich was 35 for 42 and threw for 401 yards to become the MAC's career offense leader as Marshall (9-2, 7-1) took a 38-14 win over Ball State (6-6, 4-4). Leftwich has 11,408 career yards of total offense, surpassing the 11,081 set by Western Michigan's Tim Lester from 1996-99.

Ryan Schneider threw four touchdown passes to Doug Gabriel and ran for another score as Central Florida (7-5, 6-2) took a 42-32 MAC win over Ohio (4-8, 4-4) for its fourth straight victory.

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