Boston College has made a believer out of Chad May.

The Kansas State quarterback, who capped an outstanding career with 2,571 yards and 18 touchdowns during the regular season, spent Christmas Day running for his life as Boston College shut down the 11th-ranked Wildcats 12-7 in the Aloha Bowl."This is Big East football," Boston College safety Eric Shorter said. "And Big East football is one of the best in the nation. When they (K-State) came here, they were disrespecting us. They were saying we don't play anyone and stuff like that.

"Well, if they're No. 11 in the country, we're No. 10."

Boston College coach Dan Henning praised his club's "great defensive effort."

"I don't think our defensive staff has set foot in the Pacific Ocean since they've been here," he said. "They've been too busy.

"They made up a fine game plan, but more importantly, it was executed by a bunch of guys who really wanted to win."

It was an afternoon of frustration for May.

"All I can say is that their defensive line did a great job and played better than our offense," he said. "We couldn't get anything going.

"We have play-action in our offense, but we didn't have a running game so play-action didn't work that much. So they just came after me and whatever they did, it worked. I had nowhere to go. I just didn't have enough time to even look up to another guy and that hurt us."

K-State coach Bill Snyder placed part of the blame on the coaching staff.

"We didn't function well in any particular capacity," he said. "Chad didn't throw the ball well and we certainly didn't have them well-enough prepared, and that's a coaching thing."

As for the Boston College defense, "I think their front four people are rather relentless and they are tough athletes," Snyder said.

Except for one long Boston College TD drive, that keyed by David Green's 51-yard run, the game belonged to the defensive units.

Justice Smith scored BC's only TD in the first quarter and David Gordon added a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the only points scored on offense. The Eagles (7-4-1) sacked May for a safety and K-State (9-3) got its only TD when Chris Sublette recovered a blocked punt in the BC end zone.

Both teams struggled in a game that featured a record 19 punts. The Eagles got only 13 first downs and Kansas State seven, the first coming with only 1:27 left in the first half.

Boston College scored on its first possession, Smith going the last 2 yards four plays after Green's 51-yard run. Green finished with 121 yards on 28 carries.

After K-State tied it, Mike Mamula tackled May in the end zone for a safety that made it 9-7 at the half.

K-State's Eric Hardy averaged 46 yards for his 11 punts, seven of which came on the Wildcats' first eight possessions.

May was 13-of-31 for 185 yards, with two interceptions. He was sacked eight times for 71 yards as Kansas State finished with minus-61 yards on the ground.