Ifeanyi Momah out for '11 with torn ACL

BOSTON -- Boston College wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in the season opener against Northwestern.

The fifth-year senior also missed the entire 2009 season with a knee injury. The school said it would apply to the NCAA for a waiver so he could play next year.

The injury to Momah, a senior co-captain, is a definite blow to the Eagles. The 6-foot-6, 229-pound wideout led BC with eight catches for 157 yards in the 24-17 loss to the Wildcats, and provided a safety valve for sophomore quarterback Chase Rettig.

Momah was third on the team last season with 19 catches for 296 yards. In 2010, he spent some time at defensive end, too.

After Saturday's game, Momah said he didn't think the injury was anything serious.

"Honestly, even though the game just ended, we always have our heads up. We are ready for the next week and for the next challenge," Momah said after the game Saturday. "We're disappointed that we lost this game but it's not the end of the world. The season goes on and we are going to be a really good team at the end of the year, so we are going to start pushing, starting tomorrow at practice."

BC does have some depth at wide receiver. The Eagles just got Colin Larmond Jr. back this season from his own ACL injury in his left knee. In 2009, Larmond led the Eagles in yards per catch (20.6) and was second in receptions (29), yards (596) and touchdowns (5). On Saturday, the junior had four catches for 84 yards, including a 49-yarder. Sophomores Bobby Swigert (five catches for 68 yards) and Alex Amidon (four catches for 37 yards) also contributed in the passing game against Northwestern.

Information from ESPNBoston.com contributor Jack McCluskey and The Associated Press was used in this report.