In a game reminiscent of last year's track meet between the two programs, Boston College ran all over Army to earn a decisive 48-27 win on Saturday on the Heights. With the win, Boston College improves to 3-2 on the year. Army falls to 2-4.
The Boston College offense scored at will in the first half, converting each of its first five possessions into points and taking a 31-20 lead into the locker room. The Eagles offensive line, powered by Ian White and Matt Patchan, absolutely manhandled the Army defensive front in the ground game.
However, the story of the day was the performance of the ACC's leading rusher, Andre Williams. The Eagles senior running back added to his conference leading rushing total by putting up a first-half stat line out of a video game -- 10 carries, 146 yards, 3 TDs, 14.6 average.
Unfortunately for the Army defense, number 44 was just getting started, adding another 117 yards on 20 carries and scoring two more touchdowns in the second half. Williams would finish the afternoon by tying the program's single-game rushing record for touchdowns (5, tied with Montel Harris) and coming within a single yard of the single-game rushing record (263 yards).
30 carries, 263 yards, 5 TDs. 8.8 average
When the Eagles have the running game clicking on all cylinders, they don't have to ask much of Chase Rettig. The senior QB turned in an efficient yet unspectacular performance -- finishing the day 11-of-13, 203 yards and a touchdown. Senior WR Alex Amidon finished as the team's leading receiver; the most ho-hum 5 catch, 122 yard receiving performance from an Eagles receiver I can remember in some time.
The 48 point output was the most Boston College has scored on an FBS opponent in four seasons (52 points vs. N.C. State in 2009).
Just as the Army D struggled to slow Boston College's offense, the Eagles defense struggled to defend Army's triple option attack. The dudes on D gave up big plays including a 75-yard pass TD on a flea flicker and an 80-yard TD run and struggled to stop the Black Knights offense on 3rd (8-of-17) and 4th down (1-of-1). Army was able to hang around for a half, but an injury to the Black Knights' starting QB Angel Santiago and some defensive adjustments eventually slowed down the Army attack.
Boston College (3-2) next travels to Death Valley to take on the #3 ranked Clemson Tigers on Saturday. Kickoff is at 3:30 with the game broadcast on either ABC/ESPN2 or ESPNU.
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