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College Football Week 9 Roundup: BC Holds off Wake, UMass Comes up Short

By on October 25, 2014 at 10:01pm
Jon Hilliman (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports) Hilliman's two touchdowns led BC to another road win (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

Boston College, 23; Wake Forest, 17

Boston College improved to 3-0 on the road this season with a six-point win over Wake Forest (2-6) at BB&T Field. The Eagles looked like they were going to cruise early, but ended up having to stave off the Demon Deacons’ comeback bid.

Alex Howell got BC on the board with a 30-yard field goal to cap off an opening drive that took up more than half of the first quarter. On the last play of the period, running back Jon Hilliman gave the Eagles a 10-0 lead with a 33-yard touchdown run. Hilliman scored again late in the second, carrying it into the end zone from one yard out for a 17-0 halftime advantage. Continue reading College Football Week 9 Roundup: BC Holds off Wake, UMass Comes up Short »

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Tyler Murphy, T. J. Green (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

#24 Clemson, 17; Boston College, 13

Boston College came close to beating a top 25 team for the second time this season, but ultimately couldn’t knock off 24th-ranked Clemson (5-2) in what ended up being a defensive battle at Alumni Stadium. Punts and tackles for loss abounded in a game that came down to the wire.

The two teams traded punts throughout the first quarter, and it was the Tigers who finally got on the board early in the second on a 17-yard touchdown run by running back Wayne Gallman. The Eagles responded later in the period when quarterback Tyler Murphy found wide receiver Sherman Alston for an easy 26-yard score, and kicker Ammon Lakip gave Clemson a 10-7 lead with a 23-yard field goal as time expired on the first half. Continue reading College Football Week 8 Roundup: BC Falls Short, UMass Wins Second Straight »

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Tyler Murphy (Rob Kinnan/USA Today Sports)

Boston College, 30; North Carolina State, 14

Boston College got its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the 2014 season over N.C. State (4-3) at Carter-Finley Stadium. The game looked set to become a shootout early on, but the Eagles settled down to overcome the Wolfpack and a nearly hour-long weather delay on the way to victory.

Running back Jon Hilliman got things started with a 10-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive, which N.C. State answered with a 13-play, 65-yard drive and a two-yard TD by RB Tony Creecy. On the next possession, quarterback Tyler Murphy broke out for a 47-yard TD run, but again the Wolfpack responded, with QB Jacoby Brissett finding tight end David Grinnage for a 16-yard score, tying the game at 14 after one. Continue reading College Football Week 7 Roundup: BC, UMass Notch Big Road Wins »

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Andrew Hendrix (Photo by Miami University Athletics)

Massachusetts, 41; Miami (OH), 42

Saturday was not the first time UMass has lost a lead this season, but the Minutemen’s collapse in a road loss to Miami (OH) (1-5) at Yager Stadium in a battle of winless Mid-American Conference teams was a debacle for the ages, featuring plenty of turnovers and a complete lack of confidence by the coaching staff in what has to be one of the worst kicking units the Football Bowl Subdivision has seen in a long time.

Massachusetts took the lead on its first offensive drive of the game with an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Blake Frohnapfel to wide receiver Marken Michel. On their next possession, Frohnapfel and running back Shadrach Abrokwah led the Minutemen 71 yards on 12 plays, with the QB finding the RB for a three-yard TD pass and a 14-0 lead. Continue reading College Football Week 6 Roundup: UMass 0-6 After Second-Half Collapse »

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Garrett Grayson (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Colorado State, 24; Boston College, 21

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio spoke this week about his team’s inconsistent performance in the season’s first four games, and that was on full display during a home loss to Colorado State (3-1) in the two teams’ second-ever meeting. A strong defensive start gave the Eagles a chance to pull away, but they couldn’t get the job done at the end.

BC defensive back Dominique Williams picked off quarterback Garrett Grayson in Eagles territory less than five minutes in, but the offense couldn’t capitalize. On the Rams’ next offensive drive, it was DB Bryce Jones who intercepted a long Grayson pass in the end zone, and this time the Eagles put together an 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown by running back Jon Hilliman. Continue reading College Football Week 5 Roundup: BC, UMass Cough Up Leads at Home »

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Tyler Murphy (John Quackenbos/Boston College Athletics)

Maine, 10; Boston College, 40

Boston College had little trouble pulling away from FCS rival Maine (1-2) at Alumni Stadium, winning its fifth straight head-to-head meeting with the Black Bears. For the second straight week, the Eagles’ defense put the clamps on the opposition, completely negating the Bears’ running game.

BC got off to a sluggish start, as quarterback Tyler Murphy threw an interception to linebacker Randy Samuels, giving Maine the ball in the Eagles’ red zone. Three plays later, Maine QB Daniel Collins threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Micah Wright. The Eagles responded with a 10-play, 40-yard drive and a 40-yard field goal by Alex Howell to get on the board. Two drives later, Murphy faked a handoff and broke through for a 71-yard TD run and a 10-7 lead. Continue reading College Football Week 4 Roundup: BC Rolls, UMass Gets Steamrolled »

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Tyler Murphy (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

#9 USC, 31; Boston College, 37

Boston College rebounded from a week 2 home loss to Pittsburgh with an upset of ninth-ranked USC (2-1), the Eagles’ first win over a top 10 team since 2004. BC came back from a double-digit deficit to knock off the Trojans, who fell to 17th in the AP rankings. They also got their revenge for a 28-point beatdown in California last season.

USC took the lead halfway through the first quarter with an eight-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cody Kessler to wide receiver George Farmer. Kicker Andre Heidari extended the advantage to 10-0 with a 52-yard field goal, and the Eagles punted in each of their first three offensive drives. Continue reading College Football Week 3 Roundup: BC Upsets USC, UMass Loses Heartbreaker »

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