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Eagles Bowl-Eligible with 38-21 Win Over NC State

Andre Williams set an ACC-record with 339 rushing yards against NC State on Senior Day at Alumni Stadium.

Andre Williams set an ACC-record with 339 rushing yards against NC State on Senior Day at Alumni Stadium.

Nov. 16, 2013

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BOSTON (AP) Andre Williams stepped out from the sideline, his helmet off, and took a deep bow when the public address announcer recognized him for breaking Boston College’s single-season rushing record.

His day wasn’t done yet.

Williams returned for the Eagles’ next drive and went over the 300-yard mark, breaking the single-game record that he set last just week. And then, with BC just trying to run out the clock, Williams got loose for a 34-yard touchdown with 51 seconds left to finish with 339 yards and an Atlantic Coast Conference record.

‘‘He stands for what’s right in college football,’’ coach Steve Addazio said after the Eagles beat North Carolina State 38-21 to qualify for a bowl game. ‘‘He’s certainly, without a doubt, one of the more dominant players in college football and is an unselfish guy that realizes what’s important. He realizes it’s a team game.’’

Williams ran for more than 100 yards in the first quarter, and early in the fourth secured his fourth 200-yard game this season. He broke Mike Cloud’s school record on a strange play when he broke four tackles on a 65-yard run but fumbled just before the goal line.

The leading rusher in the nation, Williams hit 300 yards on a 5-yard run in the final minutes to break the single-game record of 295 he set last week against New Mexico State. On his school record-tying 42nd carry of the day, he scored his second TD of the game and his 14th of the season.

‘‘We know he’s our Heisman,’’ said quarterback Chase Rettig, who completed 8 of 15 passes for 53 yards and also dove into the end zone to score on a 2-point conversion. ‘‘It’s fun to watch when you just hand the ball off, you’re rolling the other way and he’s already down the field.’’

Boston College invited the fans onto the field to celebrate after the game, and they swarmed around the players. Also making sure to congratulate Williams were several of the N.C. State players he had just run into or over.

‘‘I give him props,’’ Wolfpack linebacker Robert Caldwell said. ‘‘He’s leading the nation in rushing yards so he’s obviously the man when it comes to running.’’

With the win, the Eagles (6-4, 3-3 ACC) became bowl-eligible for the first time in three years, a quick turnaround in Addazio’s first season in Chestnut Hill. With regular-season games remaining against Maryland and Syracuse, both on the road, BC could move up in the bowl selection process with a chance to qualify for the Music City Bowl as the No. 5 pick in the ACC.

‘‘To do it, we need to win these last two games,’’ Rettig said. ‘‘That’s what’s driving us. We can’t let the season get away from us.’’

Backup quarterback Pete Thomas completed 22 of 33 passes for 207 yards for N.C. State (3-7), which lost its sixth straight game and fell to 0-7 in conference play for the first time ever. Jumichael Ramos caught five passes for 109 yards and a 52-yard touchdown that made it 31-21 with 1:53 left to play.

The 339 rushing yards for Williams broke the ACC record John Leach set at Wake Forest in 1993, and it is the most in an FBS game this season.

“I told our defense, ‘When you stop the guy, he’s not stopped,’’’ N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. ‘‘They’re going to keep giving it to him until they bust one, and that’s what they do. They just keep going to him and going to him.’’

BC placekicker Nate Freese also had a record-setting day, converting three field goals and three extra points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer with 299 points.

Williams surpassed Cloud’s single-season BC record of 1,726 yards when he got loose on a 65-yard run up the middle, breaking four tackles on his way before Wolfpack cornerback Juston Burris knocked the ball loose from behind at the 1-yard-line. The ball bounced into the end zone, where Alex Amidon fell on it for the touchdown; Rettig’s 2-point try gave the Eagles a 28-14 lead.

Thomas started in place of Brandon Mitchell, who had been listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury; he had broken his foot in the opener and missed five games before returning on Oct. 26.

Williams ran for 40 yards the second time he touched the ball, and 27 more on the next play to set up Freese’s 25-yard field goal. On BC’s next possession, he ran eight times for a combined 37 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown that gave the Eagles a 10-0 lead.

It was the fourth time this season Williams has surpassed 100 yards in the first half, and his eighth 100-yard game of the season.

Thomas hit Matt Dayes for a 61-yard pass to set up the Wolfpack’s only score in the first half, a 9-yard run by Rashard Smith to cut the BC lead to 10-7.

Williams left the game briefly, favoring his right shoulder, with about 6 minutes left in the first half, and Myles Willis made it a 10-point game with back-to-back runs of 24 and 19 yards.

Boston College Postgame Notes

Team

  • Former Boston College football and baseball player Joe O'Brien ('78) was recognized after the first quarter. He was the ace pitcher on the Eagles' NCAA Tournament baseball team in 1977, and played quarterback and running back for the football team. O'Brien was inducted to the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. Eighteen Boston College seniors were recognized before the game for Senior Day.
  • The 2013 Red Sox World Series trophy was on campus and available for pregame pictures
  • Boston College now leads the all-time series 7-4, including a 6-1 record at Alumni Stadium.
  • With four sacks today, BC now has 29 sacks on the season and has surpassed its highest single-season sack output since 2008 when it recorded 35 in 13 games. The 2008 team went 9-5 and was led by defensive starts B.J. Raji, Ron Brace, Mark Herzlich, Mike McLaughlin and Robert Francois.
  • BC was 3-for-3 in red zone scoring in the game and is now 21-for-22 (95.5%) on the season (13 touchdowns, eight field goals).
  • The Eagles rushed for 420 yards, the most in any game this season, and marks the most rushing yards for the Eagles since their 518-yard performance against UMass on Nov. 24, 1973.

    SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Senior K Nate Freese scored 12 points (three field goals and three extra points) and now ranks first at BC in career points with 299, passing Steve Aponavicius(290). Freese is 14-for-14 on field goal attempts this season after hitting from 25, 39 and 41 today.
  • Freese kicked a career-long 67-yard punt in the third quarter.

    OFFENSE

  • RB Andre Williamsset the ACC single-game rushing record with 339 yards, passing John Leach of Wake Forest who had 329 against Maryland in 1993. It is the fifth 300-yard rushing game in ACC history.
  • Williams now has 1,810 yards this season, passing Mike Cloud (1,726) for the most single-season rushing yards at BC. He broke his own single-game rushing record that he set last week on Nov. 9 at New Mexico State (295 yards).
  • Williams' 339 rushing yards are the most in a single game in the FBS this season. He also has three of the top 10 rushing performances in the FBS this year.
  • Williams tied his own school record with 42 carries. He also did it at Syracuse in 2010.
  • Williams rushed for over 200 yards for the fourth time this year. Williams rushed for 295 yards against New Mexico State (Nov. 9), 263 yards against Army (Oct. 5) and 204 yards against Wake Forest (Sept. 6).
  • Williams rushed for 100 yards for the eighth time this season. He is now tied with William Green(2001) for fourth all-time at BC with 13 career 100-yard games.
  • Williams rushed for 154 yards in the first half, marking the fourth time this season he rushed for over 100 yards in the first half. The other games were Oct. 5 vs. Army (145), Oct. 26 at North Carolina (127) and Nov. 9 at New Mexico State (127).
  • Freshman RB Myles Willisrushed for a career high 77 yards and scored his second rushing touchdown of the season.

    DEFENSE

  • Senior LB Kevin Pierre-Louishad two sacks for a loss of 20 yards, marking his third and fourth sacks of the season.
  • Senior DE Kasim Edebalihad a sack for a nine-yard loss and now has a team-high 9.5 on the season. Edabali also recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter, the third of his career.
  • Senior DL Jaryd Rudolphrecorded a sack in the fourth quarter and now has 1.5 for his career.

    Attendance: 31,262
    Weather: 47 degrees and sunny, winds from WNW at 4 mph
    Coin Toss: Boston College won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. BC defended the south goal.
    Game Captains: Seniors Matt Patchan and Mike Marscovetra joined co-captains Kasim Edebali and Ian White for the coin toss.

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