MPC Bowl Top-Five Performers

Matty Ice

A number of players- seniors and underclassmen- pitched in to lead the Eagles to their sixth consecutive bowl victory on Wednesday afternoon.

5). DB Jazzmen Williams and LB JoLonn Dunbar – It's difficult to quantify their performances without the benefit of statistics, but both Williams and Dunbar made several key plays on defense and special teams. Williams had perhaps his best game as a gunner on punt and kickoff returns recording at least four tackles on special teams. Dunbar, filling in for the injured Brian Toal at linebacker, had a very good game with a number of key tackles including a stick on Boise State QB Jared Zabransky on BSU's final drive of the game.

4). WR Tony Gonzalez - T-Gon set the tone for the game early on, hauling in a touchdown pass from Matt Ryan on the Eagles' first drive… on fourth down. It was Gonzalez's second touchdown reception on fourth down this season; his first came against Army. He added another 13-yard TD reception to go with his first of 24 yards, finishing the day with 4 catches for 45 yards. He has emerged as a go-to guy for Ryan and should be the Eagles' number one receiver in the spring.

3). DB Ryan Glasper - Glasper has always been one of the good guys on the team- great with the media, helping the community through the athlete service program at BC. On Wednesday he had his finest game as an Eagle, book-ending the BC victory with an interception on Boise State's first drive and one on their final drive. His interception of a Jared Zabransky pass in the end zone late in the fourth quarter effectively ended the game. Glasper matched his previous career total of interceptions (2) in one game which was somewhat reminiscent of T.J. Stancil recording three interceptions in the 2003 Emerald Bowl, numbers 1, 2 and 3 of his career.

2). WR William Blackmon - Blackmon has shown over the final few games of the season the explosiveness and game-breaking ability fans thought he would have on offense. Is it a coincidence his season turned for the better when Matt Ryan was named starting QB? Probably not. Blackmon ended his BC career on a high note with 144 yards on 5 catches, but perhaps one more yard and a 31-point halftime lead would have eased the BC fans' pain down the stretch. Nonetheless Will did it all on Wednesday afternoon: a catch-and-run, a great grab in the end zone, a leaping catch of a Hail Mary and even a pass defended on defense.

1). QB Matt Ryan - We're running out of things to write about this guy. He just finds a way to win and keep his team fired up. He was on the sideline getting his team ready when the BC offense was about to get the ball back with under two minutes to go in the first half. Shortly thereafter Will Blackmon came down with the ball in the end zone and the Eagles were on their way to a victory. Ryan almost threw another TD before the half but Blackmon was Kevin Dyson-ed on the 1 yard line. Despite the turtle-shell offense in the second half, Ryan and the offense managed to control enough clock that ultimately time ran out on Boise State (with a little help from Glasper)… and Ryan moved his record to 5-0 as a starter and 1-0 in relief on the season.

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