Williams Leads Football to 48-27 Win Over Army
Oct. 5, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Led by senior running back Andre Williams, Boston College earned a 48-27 victory over Army on Homecoming Weekend at Alumni Stadium on Saturday. Williams tied the school record with five rushing touchdowns and came within a yard of the single-game mark, amassing a career-high 263 rushing yards on the afternoon.
The Eagles improved to 3-2 on the year after the non-conference victory, while the Black Knights dropped in to 2-4.
Senior quarterback Chase Rettig completed 11-for-13 passes for 203 yards, throwing a touchdown to sophomore David Dudeck in the first quarter. Senior Alex Amidon led the wide receiving corps with 122 yards on five catches, including a career-long 68-yard reception in the first.
Williams was the story of the day, tying the single-game touchdown record Montel Harris set on Oct. 17, 2009. Harris tallied 264 yards that day, placing Williams second in BC record books. His 2,340 career rushing yards rank 11th in BC history and increased his career touchdown total to 17.
After an opening drive by Army that lasted nearly six minutes and resulted in a 38-yard field goal, the two teams racked up 21 points in the next 3:48.
Senior kicker Nate Freese started the game with a kickoff to the back of the endzone and the Black Knights marched 55 yards down the field before the Eagle defense stopped them on third-and-four to force Daniel Grochowski to kick for three points.
The Eagles came right back as Rettig connected with Amidon for the longest throw and reception of both seniors' careers, a 68-yard pass down the left-field sideline. A false start backed BC up five yards and Williams carried twice for nine yards to set up his quarterback for a three-yard pass to Dudeck in the endzone, giving the Eagles a 7-3 lead with seven minutes to go in the quarter.
It didn't take long for Black Knights to answer, surprising the Eagle defense with a flea flicker. On Army's first play, quarterback Angel Santiago flipped the ball to Terry Baggett, who sailed it down field to Xaiver Moss for a 75-yard score, giving the Cadets a 10-7 lead.
Williams answered on the fourth play of BC's ensuing drive, running it in from the 34-yard line and taking only 1:30 off the clock.
Army took a brief, 17-14 lead in the beginning of the second quarter, scoring on three-yard run by Larry Dixon after a 15-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 5:39. BC retook the lead for good almost three minutes later on a six-play, 31-yard drive. Freshman Myles Willis started with a 46-yard kickoff return and Williams broke free with a 19-yard run during the drive, getting tackled at the one. On the next play he crossed the goal line to give the Eagles a 21-17 lead.
After the BC defense forced the first punt of the game right before 12-minute mark, Williams pushed the lead to 28-17 on a 37-yard run, tallying his third TD of the day and registering the longest run of the year for BC.
Army made it a 31-20 game with 48 seconds to go in the half on a 40-yard field goal, but Freese responded with a season-long 49-yarder as time expired.
While the Eagles went three-and-out to start the second half, it took Army one play to cut the lead to 31-17 on an 80-yard run by Dixon, the longest the BC defense has allowed in 2013. Williams put the Eagles back up by nine on his fourth TD with 6:39 to go in the third. On third-and-12, Rettig connected with Amidon on a 39-yard pass to keep the drive alive. Williams rushed five times for 30 yards before pushing into the endzone on a three-yard run. The 13-play, 93-yard drive was the longest the season for the Eagles, lasting 6:13.
As the fourth quarter started, Freese finished a nine-play drive with a 28-yard field goal with 14:18 to go in the game. He is a perfect 5-for-5 this season.
The Eagles defense forced another Army punt, which junior Spiffy Evans returned for 28 yards to set up the Eagles offense. Williams tied the BC record with his fifth score of the day on his second rush with a 34-yard run to make it 48-27 at the 12:27 mark.
Boston College Game Notes
For the first time in decades, BC brought back homecoming to the Heights. Homecoming festivities kicked off Friday night with a pep rally and continued this morning with a variety of pregame activities.
Members of the Eagles' football 1988 team returned for a Silver Anniversary of the "Emerald Isle Classic," which was played on Nov. 19, 1988 between Boston College and Army in Dublin, Ireland, and served as the introduction of major college football in Europe. Boston College won the game, 38-24. Team members were welcomed onto the field and honored between the first and second quarter.
The class of 2013 Varsity Hall of Fame members were recognized during halftime. The athletes that were inducted included: Mike Cloud '98 (football), Stalin Colinet '96 (football), Dick Cremin '65 (football), Jessalyn Deveny '05 (basketball), Ken Hodge '88 (ice hockey), Anne T. Kavanagh '81 (soccer), Chris Lambert '05 (baseball), and George Lermond '25 (track & field, cross country).
Boston College Defense
Senior LB Steele Divitto notched his first sack of the year and his third career. His last came against Northwestern on Sept. 3, 2011 and Florida State on Nov. 3, 2011.
Boston College Offense
Senior QB Chase Rettig's 68-yard target to senior WR Alex Amidon in the first quarter marked the longest completion of both of their careers. Sophomore RB David Dudeck logged his first touchdown reception of the season and his second career. His last came at Maryland on Oct. 27, 2012. Senior P/K Nate Freese connected on a 49-yard field goal to record his longest of the season and keep him 5-for-5 on the season.
Williams surpassed his career high in rushing yards with a total of 263. His former career barrier was broken on Sept. 6, 2013 against Wake Forest where he rushed for 204 yards on 35 carries. Williams' big day on the ground currently stands as the second-highest, single-game total in the FBS this season. New Mexico's Kasey Carrier owns the top mark of 291. The senior running back jumped to 11th all-time on BC's career rushing yards list with 2,340 surpassing Darnell Campbell ('93, 2,096) and Fred Willis (70', 2,115). Williams' 37-yard touchdown run in the second quarter marked his longest touchdown run of the season. Williams registered five touchdowns on the day, marking a career high and falling one yard shy of the single-game record at Boston College. Williams' five rushing touchdowns ties the school record, sharing the lead with Montel Harris (NC State, 2009).
Weather:65 degrees, winds out of the northeast at 5-10 miles per hour
Coin Toss:Army won the opening kickoff and defended the north end zone to start the game
Boston College Postgame Quotes
Head Coach Steve Addazio
"Our goal coming into this game, as a team, was that we were going to come out with energy and passion. We were going to play physical and tough and respond from last week's game. I thought that was a very big, important step in our program. I would tell you that I felt like we played hard, physical and we took another step today."
"I said earlier in the week, I don't care if we win by one, or whatever, just find a way to win."
"It was a great team win for us. I have all the respect in the world for Army, what those kids do, who they are and what they are all about. I wish them nothing but success."
"I feel great about the fact that we're bringing BC football back to where BC football was, which was a big powerful offensive line that could run the ball. They were big and physical. We're a work in progress right now. That's what we are. But for what it was today, we took a step forward towards bringing our program back to where we all want it to be, which is a big, physical, tough program. That is where we want to be. We're not delusional. We're 3-2. We're fighting and scratching for every possible win we can get but I think the footprint and the foundation is starting to be laid, which is great."
On Andre Williams rushing for 263 yards and 5 touchdowns
"I told him earlier in the week, we just have to rush for over 200 yards. That's what we want to do. We have a legitimate offensive line now guys. They're good. They blocked well. Andre ran really, really hard. I was happy for Andre. You've got to be able to run the ball when you play this team. You've got to be able to run it."
"[Individual accolades] are all nice but with team success, individual honors will come."
On the play of Quarterback Chase Rettig (11 of 13, 203 yards, 1 TD)
"Chase managed the game really well. He threw the ball well, when he had to throw the ball. He did a nice job."
On whether there was any distraction from the government shutdown
"Zero distraction. I never even addressed it with the football team. It never came out of my lips one time."
On playing at Clemson next week
"I am excited about our team right now. We have a great challenge ahead of us this week, playing at Clemson. We've got to go on the road. Last time we went on the road, we didn't handle it so good. This is another opportunity for a learning experience here and for us to rise up and play a great team on the road. We're looking forward to that challenge."