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FINAL: Boston College Tops Wagner 42-10

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The Eagles dominate after a slow start.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Things didn't start quite the way the Eagles wanted, as Wagner quarterback Alex Thomson scampered for a 55-yard touchdown run, but after that it was all Boston College Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

BC turned to its ground game and defense to smash FCS foe Wagner 42-10. The Eagles held Wagner to just 107 yards of total offense, led by defensive end Harold Landry's three sacks and five tackles for loss. The junior also finished with a team-high six tackles.

Offensively, it was actually redshirt freshman Davon Jones who finished the day leading the team in rushing, but Jon Hilliman had a fine afternoon as well. Hilliman carried 19 times for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Jones finished with 90 yards on just 12 carries.

The passing game started slow, as quarterback Patrick Towles was flushed out of the pocket multiple times in the first quarter, but as BC continued to run it well, the play action game opened up.

Off a play fake in the second quarter, Towles hit Jeff Smith for a 58-yard score on a deep post. In the third quarter, Towles would throw for another touchdown, this one a screen pass to Michael Walker that went for 27 yards. Walker finished the day with a team-high 72 yards receiving on four catches.

It was a clean day all around for the BC offense, which avoided turnovers, and made very few mistakes against an over matched opponent.

On special teams, Tyler Rouse had a nice day returning punts, taking two kicks back for 57 yards, including a long return to set up a Hilliman touchdown in the third. Conversely, Mike Knoll struggled punting, averaging just 30 yards on five punts.

BC will again be at home next week against Buffalo. Kickoff is again scheduled for 1 pm.