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    Saturday, November 03, 2007

    Scouting Boston College

    On offense: The offense starts with senior QB Matt Ryan (304.1 ypg, 19 TDs) leads the nation's ninth-rated passing attack for a unit that averages 32 points a game. Five different receivers have caught at least 28 passes this season, led by Brandon Robinson (35), Rich Gunnell (33) and Kevin Challenger (31). The Eagles, however, are far from one-dimensional, with RBs Andre Callender and L.V. Whitworth combining to average 5 yards a carry.

    On defense: BC does two things especially well on defense: stop the run and create turnovers. With MLB JoLonn Dunbar (65 tackles) leading the charge, the Eagles boast the nation's No. 2 run defense, allowing 55.3 ypg. They have also come up with 23 takeaways, as S Jamie Silva and CB DeJuan Tribble are responsible for nine of the team's 18 interceptions. At plus-1.38 takeaways a game, only two teams are better nationally.

    On special teams
    : Senior P Johnny Ayers (41.9 avg) is in the midst of a career-best season. One-time walk-on K Steve Aponavicius has been serviceable, though he has missed three PATs and is 2-of-4 on FG attempts between 30-49 yards, with a long of 45. Jeff Smith (33.6) and Robinson (26.2) are dangerous kick returners.

    Noteworthy: Ryan is 22-4 record as the starting quarterback, good for an .846 winning percentage. That's better than former BC star and Heisman winner Doug Flutie (30-11-1, .735).

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