Eagles travel to Chapel Hill for ACC battle with Carolina
Boston College, fresh off a bye week after its trip to Clemson Memorial Stadium to face the Tigers, travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. to face the Tar Heels in a match-up of Atlantic Coast Conference crossover opponents on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by the ACC Regional Sports Network (RSN).
BC, which will be playing its third contest on the road this season and is in search of its first road victory this season, is 2-4 against the Tar Heels in the series history that dates back to 1981, including an 0-3 record in Chapel Hill, N.C., and an 0-3 record as ACC opponents (since 2005).
Senior RB and Doak Walker Award candidate Andre Williams has carried 157 times for 838 yards (5.3 yards per carry) through six games in 2013 and ranks fifth among all running backs in the nation in rushing yards per game (139.7). A 2013 midseason All-America second-team honoree by Phil Steele, SI.com and CBSSports.com, Williams leads the ACC in rushing attempts (157) and rushing yards (868).
Senior Chase Rettig, a four-year starter at quarterback, is poised to make his 40th collegiate start at North Carolina. A 6-foot-3, 206-pound product of Sierre Madre, Calif., Rettig played in and started nine games as a freshman, 12 games during each of his sophomore and junior campaigns, and has started all six games in 2013. The senior QB has completed 606-of-1109 career passing attempts for 7,351 and 45 touchdowns; he ranks fourth on the school's passing yards list behind BC record-holder Doug Flutie (10,579; 1981-84), Glenn Foley (10,039; 1990-93) and Matt Ryan (9,313; 2004-07).
Boston College leads its conference -- and ranks eighth in the country -- in fewest penalties per game. Through six games this season, the Eagles have been penalized 22 times.
Senior wide receiver Alex Amidon, an All-ACC first-team honoree last fall who has earned 2013 midseason All-ACC third-team recognition from Phil Steele, caught six passes for a game-high 121 yards and one touchdown - a career-long 69-yard reception in the third quarter - in the team's 24-14 loss at third-ranked Clemson on Saturday, Oct. 12. Amidon's performance marked his third 100-plus yard receiving effort of the season and the school-record 10th of his 39-game collegiate career. A 6-foot, 182-pound product of Greenfield, Mass., Amidon has 152 receptions for 2,315 yards in 39 career games. He is fourth on both the school's all-time receptions list and BC's all-time receiving yards list. He is 144 receiving yards shy of former Eagle and current offensive graduate assistant coach Rich Gunnell's BC record of 2,459.
The Eagles and Tar Heels - Series History
North Carolina owns a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series against BC. The teams met twice in the early 1980s and have met four times since a 37-24 victory over the Tar Heels in the Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., in 2004. The Eagles are 1-1 against the Tar Heels in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and are 0-3 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Since joining the ACC, BC is 0-3.
Next up ...
On Nov. 2, BC will host Virginia Tech at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The game is scheduled to kickoff at noon.