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Boston College 28, Syracuse 7: By The Numbers

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A look inside the box score of Boston College's 28-7 victory over Syracuse.

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2. Turnovers forced. Both interceptions were thrown right to BC defenders and completely flipped the field. Hilliman would score the rushing TD following Strizak's INT, but Rouse couldn't punch it in following Sean Duggan's pick. With two interceptions, the Boston College defense now has 9 on the year.

7. Boston College points off turnover. Hilliman's touchdown gave the Eagles a two-score lead early in the third quarter.

3. Boston College lost only its third fumble of the year after Myles Willis turned it over in BC's own end. Thankfully, all of the penalties following the brawl (if you can call it that) pushed the Syracuse offense back and SU couldn't make BC pay for the mistake.

142. Rushing yards on 49 carries, for an average of 2.9 yards a carry. Tip your cap to the Syracuse rushing defense, which held BC's potent rushing attack to its second lowest per-game rushing yardage total of the season (Pitt also held BC to 142 yards). The 2.9 yards a carry was a season low for the Eagles.

2. Boston College rushing touchdowns. For the ninth time this season, the Eagles found the endzone more than once on the ground.

185. With 12 rushing attempts, Jon Hilliman now has 185 carries on the year, breaking Montel Harris's freshman record (179) set in 2008.

12. Hilliman didn't hear his number called all that often, but he made it count when he did; notching his 12th rushing touchdown of the year on a seven-yard carry in the third quarter. He's now tied for 10th on BC's single-season rushing touchdowns list.

1,079. With 20 yards on 11 carries, Tyler Murphy broke the ACC's single-season rushing yardage record for a quarterback. The record was previously set by Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler in 2001 (1,061).

29. The Eagles have 29 rushing touchdowns this season.

76.5%. Murphy completed 76.5% of his passes (13-of-17), a season high for Murphy and the Eagles. In only one other game this season did BC complete greater than 70 percent of its passes (11-of-15 for 73.3% against Wake Forest).

160. Yards passing for the Eagles. BC has managed 160+ yards passing just four other times this season—173 @ UMass, 169 vs. Colorado State, 165 @ Wake Forest and 166 vs. Louisville.

4. WR Josh Bordner tied a career high for receptions in a single game with four catches, racking up 41 yards on the day.

1-of-11. Syracuse's offense was held to just 1 of 11 on third down opportunities, starting the game 0-for-7 before notching its first first down more than halfway through the third quarter. That was a season best for Don Brown's dudes.

19-to-8. BC managed 19 first downs to Syracuse's 8. The Eagles had 19 first downs last week in a 20-17 loss to Florida State.

38:17 to 21:43. The Eagles owned time of possession, keeping the ball on the ground and chewing up big chunks of clock. After a near even first quarter (7:31 to 7:28 BC), the Eagles held the ball for 10:24, 8:39 and 11:43 over the final three quarters of the game.

174. The Eagles out-gained the Orange by 174 yards, 302 to 128. Yet BC's 302 yards marked the third lowest total yards total of the season, ahead of only the Pittsburgh (276) and Clemson (263) games.

4/4. PATs for Mike Knoll. A Thanksgiving miracle.

0/1. Field goals. Knoll missed his only attempt from 36 yards, pushing it right of the goalposts. He finishes the regular season 2-of-4 on FG attempts.

9 for 332. Riley Dixon's nine punts went for a total 332 yards. Two were downed inside BC's own 20. Long of 47.

4. Penalties against Boston College for 100 yards. I'm not sure how the box score comes up with 100 yards though unless the unsportsmanlike penalties are factored in there.

4.6. Average yards per play for the offense.

2.7. Average yards per play for the Orange offense.

7. The Eagle defense has held teams under 100 rushing yards seven times in 2014, allowing Syracuse just 62 rushing yards.

128. The Orange offense collected 128 total yards, the fewest a BC opponent has amassed this season.

7. For the seventh time this season, the Boston College defense sacked the opposing quarterback at least three times. Grad student Seyi Adebayo lead the way with two sacks for a loss of 17 yards.

20. Going into the game, the Eagles offensive line had only given up 17 sacks allowed. Syracuse added 3 to that total for a loss of 22 yards.

11.0. Total TFLs for Syracuse for a loss of 39 yards.

6. Manuel Asprilla lead the way with six tackles for the Eagles, all solo stops. Dominique Williams recorded 5 tackles, while Brown, Duggan and Wujciak notched four.

4th. With his 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, Myles Willis now ranks fourth on BC's career kickoff return yards list with 1,455.

18. The difference between the number of offensive plays Boston College ran (66) to Syracuse (48).

3-4. The Eagles win their third home game of the season but first ACC conference game. Boston College has never gone winless at home in conference play (Big East or ACC).

30,267. Announced attendance. Gotta say I was surprised by this. All reports indicated that the crowd was pretty good. Definitely looked like more than 30k on television. Nevertheless, it's the third smallest crowd of the season and second smallest attendance at home, ahead of only the FCS Maine game (28,676).

34,270. The Eagles averaged 34,270 fans over seven home games this season. That figure is up 1,265 year over year. Slow but steady progress.