HONOLULU, Hawaii (Ticker) -- Tim Hasselbeck and several other seniors from Boston College put a rocky ride behind them. Bruce Snyder was not as lucky.
Hasselbeck threw a pair of long touchdown passes in the third quarter as Boston College defeated Arizona State, 31-17, in the Aloha Bowl.
It was the final game for Hasselbeck and other members of the Eagles' senior class, which began their collegiate careers amidst controversy following a 1996 gambling scandal within the program.
Cedric Washington added a pair of scoring runs as Boston College (7-5) handed Snyder a loss in his coaching finale for Arizona State (6-6).
Snyder was within a win of the national championship in 1996 but went 17-18 over his final three seasons for the Sun Devils and already had been told this would be his last game.
"I was really hopeful it would be under better circumstances," he said.
Hasselbeck fired a 58-yard TD pass to Dedrick Dewalt and a 40-yarder to Ryan Read in a 2:56 span of the third quarter as Boston College built a 24-10 lead.
The brother of Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Tim completed 9-of-21 passes for 209 touchdowns with an interception and was named his team's Most Valuable Player.
Mike Sutphin kicked a 50-yard field goal for the Eagles, members of the Big East Conference who won a bowl game for the first time since 1994 and improved to 1-1 under coach Tom O'Brien in the postseason.
"It's another thing we checked off that we weren't able to accomplish," O'Brien said. "We want to challenge for the upper echelon of this conference.
"We're champs. It's great for us."
The Eagles fell behind early as Tom Pace scored on a 14-yard run 3:10 into the game to cap a six-play, 46-yard drive and give the Sun Devils a 7-0 lead.
But just 67 seconds later, Boston College tied it on a 10-yard TD run by Washington. Hasselbeck set up the score with a run of 52 yards, more than a third of his rushing total entering the day.
"I don't think I do have those kind of wheels," said Hasselbeck, who had 68 yards on two carries with a brace on his knee. "I think I was just running for my life."
Later in the first half, Sutphin and Mike Barth exchanged field goals for a 10-10 tie at intermission.
Hasselbeck went to work in the third quarter. After completing 1-of-2 passes on the Eagles' opening possession of the half, he found Dewalt from 58 yards on the only play of the next drive.
Boston College began its next series of downs on its own 46-yard line and needed only three plays to score as Hasselbeck threw a 40-yard pass to Read in the end zone for a 24-10 lead.
After a shaky first half, Hasselbeck went 5-of-7 for 124 yards in the third quarter.
Also a senior, Washington carried 22 times for 113 yards. He made it 31-10 with his second TD of the game, an 11-yard run 3 1/2 minutes into the fourth quarter.
Third-string quarterback Matt Cooper capped the scoring with a 31-yard pass to Ryan Dennard in the final minute, but it was not enough for Arizona State.
Sun Devils freshman starter Jeff Krohn went 6-of-10 for 74 yards with an interception in his return from mononucleosis.
Pace totaled 139 yards on 25 carries for Arizona State, which had possession for over 35 1/2 minutes and 360 yards of offense but committed five of the game's seven turnovers.
"Terribly disappointed," said Snyder, who went 58-45 in his nine seasons at Arizona State. "They took advantage of some of the things we did."
Sophomore safety Alfred Williams was named MVP for the Sun Devils. He had an interception, 10 tackles and forced a fumble as Arizona State closed the season with its fourth loss in five games.
"We're really disappointed in the way we played," Williams said.