There were so many clutch individual performances from Boston College's come-from-behind victory over Maryland on Saturday that the ACC decided to reward them all. Boston College seniors Nate Freese, Matt Patchan and Andre Williams all earned ACC Player of the Week honors for their performances in the team's 29-26 victory at Maryland, according to a league announcement made on Monday.
OFFENSIVE BACK - Andre Williams, Boston College, Sr., RB, 6-0, 227, Schnecksville, Pa
Williams carried 32 times for 263 yards and two touchdowns in Boston College's 29-26 ACC win at Maryland, marking the senior's fifth 200-plus yard rushing effort of the season. Williams brought the visiting Eagles within four points on a 72-yard touchdown run with 10:33 left in the fourth quarter. Later, with the score tied at 26 with less than one minute remaining, he rushed 36 yards to the Maryland 37 yard-line to set up Nate Freese's game-winning field goal. Williams lifted his 11-game season total to 320 carries for 2,073 yards and 16 touchdowns to become the 16th running back in FBS history - and first since Connecticut's Donald Brown in 2008 (2,083) - to record 2,000 rushing yards in a season.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Matt Patchan, Boston College, Sr., LT, 6-7, 300, Tampa, Fla.
Patchan graded out at 86 percent with two knockdown blocks to lead Boston College's offensive line that paved the way for Andre Williams to run for 263 yards and two touchdowns and earn a 29-26 victory at Maryland. The Eagles produced more than 250 yards on the ground for the third straight game and are averaging 220 rushing yards per game this season, a mark good for second in the ACC and 21st among all FBS teams.
SPECIALIST- Nate Freese, Boston College, Sr., PK, 5-11, 192, Strongsville, Ohio
Freese converted a 52-yard field goal - his third field goal of the game - as time expired to lift Boston College to a 29-26 win at Maryland. His 52-yard field goal matched his career long against Wake Forest in October 2011, and he improved to 3-for-4 in career field-goal attempts of 50 yards or more. Freese, who is now 17-for-17 in field goal attempts on the season, also converted a 35-yard PAT following a penalty in the fourth quarter, and averaged 43.4 yards per punt in the win over the Terps.
Williams and Patchan earn weekly ACC honors for the second straight week. It's Freese's first such honor of the year. Williams, Patchan and Freese are joined by Duke WR Jamison Crowder, Pitt DT Aaron Donald, Syracuse LB Cam Lynch, Syracuse FS Durell Eskridge, Miami CB Tracy Howard and North Carolina RB/KR T.J. Logan as this week's honorees.
Congrats Andre, Matt and Nate!
Boston College's 2013 ACC Football Players of the Week
Week 2: RB Andre Williams, DB Bryce Jones
Week 6: LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
Week 7: WR Alex Amidon
Week 10: OL Ian White, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
Week 11: LB Steele Divitto
Week 12: RB Andre Williams, OL Matt Patchan
Week 13: RB Andre Williams, OL Matt Patchan, K Nate Freese