Top-Five Performers vs. BSU

Matt Ryan

BC's sophomore quarterback leads the way in this week's edition of "Top-Five Performers."

5). WR Kevin Challenger and DB Larry Anam - Challenger and Anam check in as the first of two themed "performers." This one goes to outstanding special team players. Anam helped prevent a possible disaster on the opening play. Ball State came out with an onside kick and clearly caught the Eagles slightly off guard. Anam made a heads up play and was able to recover the ball and give the Eagles excellent field position. Kevin Challenger helped set up the Eagles with another short field when he made a nice inside move and blocked a punt. Jolonn Dunbar was able to fall on the ball and the offense punched it in for a 14-0 lead.

4). DBs Taji Morris and Jamie Silva - The defensive backfield was without 2 of its starters, but it was hardly noticeable. Morris was beat on the first play from scrimmage by Ball State on a quick slant, but he rebounded and had a very solid game leading the Eagles in tackles with 9. Silva made his second start in place of Ryan Glasper and played well again. He finished the game with 3 tackles and a sack and did a nice job of not giving Ball State QB Joey Lynch much to throw at.

3). RB Lennox Whitworth - Whitworth has been inconsistent at times, but for the second time in two years he had an excellent game against Ball State. This time, however, he came away with his health as well. Whitworth had a nice catch on a screen play and a good run to the outside on the very first drive to give the Eagles all the points they needed. LV led the team in both rushing and receiving yards despite getting less looks that his counterpart Andre Callendar. Callendar looked hesitant at times as he tried to find the holes, but LV had no such problems. Both of these backs have struggled at times as they dance and run east-west. Granted it was against an inferior opponent, but Whitworth did a very nice job of running downhill.

2. DE Mathias Kiwanuka - Mathias showed why he gets all the hype. He fought through the double and triple teams and recorded seven tackles and three sacks. He was in the backfield all day and still made his presence felt even though Ball State refused to run at him. Kiwanuka feasted on the Ball State offensive line and padded his stats in the process.

1). QB Matt Ryan - Although he would not admit it, Ryan had to feel good heading into the least pressure-filled game of his career. So far he had entered in the middle of two games (Temple and FSU), started against Syracuse in the game nobody wants to remember and last week led the Eagles to a tough overtime victory last week in Death Valley. Ryan showed the same poise he did last week against Clemson and led the Eagles to another victory. "Matty Vick," as he is called by some teammates, ran for two touchdowns and passed for another in the blowout. While it seems as though Quinton Porter will be back for the game on Saturday, Eagles fans now know they are in good hands if Porter goes down again.

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