Boston College, 30; Massachusetts, 7
Boston College and UMass kicked off the 2014 season with the “Battle for the Bay State” at the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, where the Minutemen will play three of their home games this year. It was certainly reasonable to expect a lopsided affair, after BC returned to postseason play in 2013 while UMass went 1-11 and fired head coach Charley Molnar. But the Eagles lost plenty of starters to graduation and the NFL, so there was no guarantee that the new faces would be able to get the job done.
The two teams went scoreless through a dull first quarter, before BC took the lead early in the second on a 44-yard field goal by punter Alex Howell. After the defense forced a quick three-and-out, regular kicker Joey Launceford capped the next drive with a 28-yarder for a 6-0 lead. The Eagles totaled 25 plays and 143 yards on those two scoring drives, but failed to capitalize in the red zone. UMass had a chance to get on the board before halftime when defensive back Randall Jette picked off a Tyler Murphy pass and returned it 20 yards to the BC 19, but the Minutemen’s offense lost 11 yards on the subsequent drive, which ended with a missed field goal. Murphy then quickly drove the Eagles downfield, but Howell missed his second 44-yard attempt as time expired. Continue reading College Football Week 1 Roundup: BC Pulls Away from UMass on Opening Day »