Nov. 09, 2013
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Boston College tailback Andre Williams broke the school record with 295 yards on the ground and scored on two long runs in the fourth quarter Saturday to help the Eagles pull away from New Mexico State and escape with a 48-34 victory at Aggie Memorial Stadium.
Williams, the leading rusher in the ACC and No. 2 in the FBS in yards per game, finished with 30 carries for 295 yards and two touchdowns. His two biggest, though, were the scoring runs that came on plays of 80 and 47 yards, both with less than a minute to go in the game, and broke a 34-34 tie.
Senior receiver Alex Amidon, who needed 54 yards to break BC's career receiving yards mark, caught eight passes for 88 yards and one touchdown for the Eagles.
Boston College (5-4) won for the second week in a row, following a win against Virginia Tech last week. However, it wasn't easy against NMSU (1-9), which has lost two in a row and whose only win this season has come against Abilene Christian. BC needs one more win to become bowl eligible.
In the first-ever meeting between the teams, the Eagles led 20-17 at the half and 27-24 going into the fourth quarter.
A 32-yard field goal by Maxwell Johnson of NMSU tied the game at 27-27 early in the fourth quarter but, as they'd done almost all afternoon, the Eagles answered an Aggie score with one of their own.
This time, it was a 98-yard kickoff return for a score by Myles Willis, who broke a tackle near his own 23-yard line, then darted outside and raced untouched the rest of the way. That put the Eagles back ahead at 34-27.
Still, the Aggies, who had the Boston College defense on its heels for much of the game, refused to go away. NMSU drove 75 yards in six plays to tie the score at 34-34. Quarterback Andrew McDonald hit all-purpose threat Austin Franklin on a post route that covered 49 yards for the tying touchdown.
The Aggies, coached by former Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Martin, looked to take control on the next series when Bryan Bonilla recovered a fumble by Boston College receiver Alex Amidon.
This time, it was the Eagles' defense turn, and it forced NMSU into a three-and-out. However, the ensuing punt left Boston College at its own 3-yard line.
That's when Williams stepped up. After an offside penalty on the Aggies and a 12-yard pass from Chase Rettig to C.J. Parsons, Williams took a handoff up the middle and shot through the line and all the way down the field untouched for a 41-34 lead.
Linebacker Steven Daniels sealed things for the Eagles when he intercepted McDonald on the fourth place of the next series. Two plays later, Williams again broke free, this time for a 47-yard run to the right side that made it 48-34.
- Boston College equaled its season high with 48 points. BC previously earned a 48-27 home win over Army on Oct. 5.
- Boston College's game against New Mexico State marked the first football meeting between the two institutions. In fact, it also marked Boston College's first career football game in the state.
- Boston College equaled its season with 320 rushing yards against the Aggies; the Eagles also gained 320 yards on 43 rushing attempts in a 48-27 home win over Army (Oct. 5).
- Boston College fumbled a punt in the first quarter and also fumbled in the fourth quarter, marking just the eighth and ninth turnovers of the season. The Eagles entered the game leading the ACC and leading the ACC in turnovers lost.
- With 295 yards on 30 carries, senior RB Andre Williams broke the school's single-game rushing record, surpassing BC's previous single-game record of 264 yards set by Montel Harris against NC State in 2009.
- RB Andre Williams, who ranked second among all FBS running backs in average yards per game (147.0), rushed for more than 200 yards for the third time this season; Williams rushed for 263 yards against Army (Oct. 5) and 204 yards against Wake Forest (Sept. 6).
- RB Andre Williams' 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter marked a season long, surpassing his 62-yard touchdown run against Virginia Tech (Nov. 2).
- RB Andre Williams ran for more than 100 yards for the seventh time this season and the 12th of his career.
- With 295 rushing yards, RB Andre Williams now has 1,471 yards this season, which ranks fourth on the school's single-season list behind Mike Cloud (1,726), Derrick Knight (1,721) and William Green (1,559).
- RB Andre Williams now has 3,033 career rushing yards and has become just the fifth running back in school history to surpass 3,000 yards. He joins BC record holder Montel Harris (3,735), Derrick Knight (3,725), Mike Cloud (3,597) and Troy Stradford (3,504).
- WR Alex Amidon, who caught eight passes for 88 yards and one touchdown, surpassed Rich Gunnell to become Boston College's all-time leader in receiving yards with a 30-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Amidon now has 2,494 career receiving yards. Also, among the school's receptions leaders, Amidon passed Mark Chmura, who caught 164 passes from 1987-91, for third place behind Gunnell and Pete Mitchell (190 receptions from 1991-94).
- Myles Willis 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown marked the first BC kickoff return for a touchdown since Jeff Smith recorded a 96-yard return against Clemson on Sept. 6, 2006. Willis' 98-yard return marked the second-longest kickoff return is school history. Three Eagles have registered 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns - DuJuan Daniels against Syracuse in 1999, Mike Esposito (Miami, 1973) and Joe Diminick (St. Bonaventure, 1948).
- WR Harrison Jackson 7-yard touchdown reception marked the first touchdown of his career.
- TE Mike Naples' 69-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter marked the senior's first career touchdown and tied for the team' season long. WR Alex Amidon also registered a 69-yard touchdown reception (at Clemson, Oct. 12).
- Nate Freese's 51-yard field in the first quarter marked a season long. Freese improved to 2-for-3 in career attempts of 50 yards or more. Freese's career long is 52 yards against Wake Forest in October 2011.
- Senior LB Steele Divitto, who tallied a game-high 18 tackles, matched a career high which equaled his tackling total against Army in 2012.
- Junior DB Dominique Williams recorded a career-high 13 tackles and junior DB Manuel Asprilla recorded a career high with 11 tackles.
- Senior co-captain Kasim Edebali recorded one sack in the game and now has a team-high 8.5 sacks this season.
- Sophomore LB Steven Daniels interception marked the first of his career.
- Sophomore DL Nick Lifka registered his first tackle of the season in the second quarter.
Weather: 70 degrees, mostly sunny, wind at 3 mph from NW
Coin Toss: New Mexico State won the coin toss and elected to receive
Game Captains: Senior FB Jake Sinkovec joined co-captains Kasim Edebali and Ian White for the coin toss