Sept. 16, 2007
ATLANTA (AP) — In a showdown between two of the country’s best players, Matt Ryan was the clear winner.
The Boston College quarterback threw for a career-best 435 yards and the No. 21 Eagles shut down Georgia Tech star Tashard Choice in a 24-10 victory over the 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets on Saturday night.
Ryan was 30-of-44 in the third 400-yard passing game of his career, which included a 39-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Robinson. The senior surpassed his previous best from just two weeks ago, a 408-yard effort against defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Wake Forest.
L.V. Whitworth had a pair of TD runs for Boston College (3-0), which has beaten three straight ACC opponents to take early control of the league race.
Georgia Tech (2-1, 0-1 ACC) reached the league championship game a year ago, but the Yellow Jackets will have to dig out of an early hole if they want to get back to Jacksonville. They were totally outclassed by the Eagles, who piled up a 527 yards and allowed 267.
Boston College proved that its stout run defense, ranked fourth nationally, was no fluke. The Eagles held Choice to just 31 yards on 15 carries, ending his streak of nine straight 100-yard games.
Choice had his best run late in the third quarter, breaking around left end for a 12-yard gain. Fittingly, the play was negated by a holding penalty, and Choice hobbled to the sideline with a hamstring injury. He did not return.