After freshman Bennett Jackson returned the opening kickoff 42 yards to midfield, quarterback Dayne Crist drove Notre Dame downfield like a machine. Armando Allen gained five yards on first down. Crist avoided a big pass rush and completed an eight-yard pass to tight end John Goodman.
Crist scored on a keeper, beating the Boston College defense to the front corner of the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown and the 7-0 lead with 13:12 to go in the first quarter. It was Crist's longest rush since he suffered blurry vision in the first quarter against Michigan on Sept. 11.