Boston College took care of business in the final tune-up before their ACC opener, trouncing Holy Cross 62-14. Though BC entered leading the all-time series 48-31-3, the two hadn’t met since 1986, and the talent disparity has widened quite a bit since the schools could be counted as rivals.
Most of the Eagles starters saw only one half of action last week against UMass, and many would see even less of the field in week two, as starting quarterback Anthony Brown and star running back AJ Dillon called it a day before the first quarter was through.
Dillon made the most of his time, carrying the ball 6 times for 151 yards and 3 touchdowns, a 24.8 yards per carry clip, which was aided by a 74 yard touchdown run.
Brown only attempted two passes, but hit on both, 26 yards to Kobay White and 17 yards to Tommy Sweeney. The Eagles outgained the Crusaders 218 to 21 yards in the first quarter, before turning over the offense to QB EJ Perry and the second team.
Perry looked good in two quarters of action, completing 9/12 passes for 95 yards, including a 17 yard touchdown pass to Ben Glines that made it 28-0. It was the first career touchdown pass for Perry and touchdown reception for Glines. Perry later assisted on another career milestone, as CJ Lewis hauled in a 33 yarder for his first touchdown reception.
As the half wound down, the Crusaders looked poised to take advantage of a short field and put some points on the board. Alas, Hamp Cheevers jumped a short sideline pass from Emmett Clifford, and returned it 81 yards for a score, giving the Eagles a 34-0 halftime lead.
With the exception of a third quarter fumble, freshman David Bailey was effective out of the backfield, picking up 80 yards on 11 carries.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Matt McDonald entered late in the third quarter, and connected on a 35 yard touchdown strike to Hunter Long, followed by a 65 yard score to Noah Jordan-Williams. McDonald finished the day 5 of 6 for 107 yards.
If there was any cause for concern in this game, it was the play of the Eagles special teams unit. Holy Cross’ only two scores came off of blocked punts. Additionally, backup kicker John Tessitore clanked an extra point try off the uprights, though he made 7 out of 8 PATs.
There wasn’t much to take away from this one, as the Crusaders were clearly physically overmatched. BC piled up 610 yards of offense, the defense conceded zero points, and serious injuries were avoided. The starters should be fresh for Thursday’s trip to Wake Forest, where the Eagles’ season begins in earnest.