Boston College, fresh off a bye week after its trip to L.A. Memorial Coliseum to face Southern California, hosts eighth-ranked Florida State in a match-up of Atlantic Coast Conference division opponents on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be shown live on ABC/ESPN2.
BC and Florida State have met in each of the last nine seasons and 11 times overall.
Saturday’s game will mark the 56-year anniversary of the first meeting between the Eagles and Seminoles on Sept. 28, 1957. BC earned a 20-7 victory over Florida State on that date, capturing its first victory
Through three games in 2013, Boston College is averaging a gain of 1.67 turnovers per contest, a mark that ranks second among ACC teams and eighth among all teams in FBS collegiate football. BC has gained seven turnovers (three fumbles and four interceptions) in three games and has given up just two (one fumble and one interception) in 2013.
Senior Andre Williams, a 6-foot, 227-pound running back and 2013 Doak Walker Award candidate, is averaging 118.7 rushing yards per game, a mark that ranks first among all ACC running backs and 15th in the country. Williams has recorded two 100+-yard rushing efforts this fall, including a 35-carry, career-high 204-yard performance against Wake Forest on Sept. 6.
BC’s defense, which registered a total of six sacks in 12 games last fall, has already tallied nine sacks in three games in 2013. Senior co-captain Kasim Edebali and junior linebacker Josh Keyes have each recorded 2.5 sacks to lead the Eagles.
Senior Nate Freese, a Lou Groza Award candidate and one of the nation’s most accurate kickers, has connected on 52-of-63 career field goal attempts and is fifth among all active FBS field goal kickers (.825). Freese, who has played in 40 career games, is the lone place-kicker in the top five to have played in more than 30 games.
The Eagles and Seminoles – Series History
Saturday’s game between Boston College and Florida State at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass., will mark the ninth time in as many seasons (dating back to 2005, the Eagles first season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference) and the 12th meeting overall in the all-time series history between the teams. The Seminoles have a 7-4 advantage in the series that dates back to 1957 and own a 5-3 series edge over the Eagles as ACC opponents; BC has lost three straight meetings with Florida State. BC is 2-3 against the Seminoles at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., with BC earning victories in 2006 (24-19) and 2008 (27-17). BC is 2-4 against FSU at Alumni Stadium, which includes a 38-7 decision in the most recent meeting in Chestnut Hill on Nov. 3, 2011. The Eagles last defeated the Seminoles, 27-21, on Oct. 3, 2009 in Alumni Stadium, behind the arm of freshman quarterback Dave Shinskie, who completed 13-of-22 passing attempts for 211 yards and two touchdowns, and a 179-yard rushing effort from Montel Harris.
Next up …
The Eagles, who have played two (of three) games at home this fall, will host Army on Saturday, Oct. 5 for their fourth home contest in five games this season. BC travels to Clemson on Oct. 12 and will play five (of seven) games on the road to close the 2013 regular-season schedule.