Ryan leads BC in late comeback

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Put the comeback at the top of Matt Ryan's Heisman Trophy resume.

Ryan threw a 24-yard touchdown pass on the run and across the field to Andre Callender with 11 seconds left, and second-ranked Boston College remained undefeated with an improbable 14-10 victory over eighth-ranked Virginia Tech last night.

Ryan, a Penn Charter graduate, sealed his status as a serious Heisman Trophy contender with two touchdown passes in the final 2 minutes, 11 seconds after doing little for the first 55 minutes against the Hokies' swarming defense.

Boston College (4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1942 and validated itself as a national title contender.

Ryan was 25 of 52 for 285 yards with two interceptions, but the final numbers hardly told the story. He also led a 91-yard scoring drive, capped by a 16-yard touchdown pass to Rich Gunnell with 2:11 left.

The Hokies fell to 6-2 and 3-1.