Eagles, Aggies to meet Saturday in Las Cruces Football Game Notes -- Boston College at New Mexico State
Senior RB Andre Williams ranks 2nd nationally in both rushing yards per game (147.0) and total rushing yards (1,176). He had 166 yards Saturday against a VT defense which had allowed just 91 yards on the ground per game and ranked 5th nationally.
Eagles travel to Las Cruces to face Aggies Saturday
Boston College, which is coming off a 34-27 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Virginia Tech on Nov. 2, travels to Las Cruces, N.M. to face the New Mexico State Aggies in a non-conference match-up on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast by ESPN3. Tune into to FM 93.7 to listen to Boston College football on the radio.
BC, which played three straight conference opponents prior to its game against the Aggies, will be playing in its first game in the state of New Mexico in the 115-year history of the program.
Additionally, when Boston College touches down in El Paso, Texas, en route to Las Cruces, it will mark the first time the Eagles will have stepped foot in the state of Texas in 25 years. The 1988 team was the last to appear in the Lone Star State when it fell to Texas Christian in Fort Worth.
New Mexico is led by head coach Doug Martin. Martin served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Boston College for one season (last fall).
Senior co-captain Kasim Edebali is coming off one of the best performances of his 44-game collegiate career. The senior defensive lineman recorded seven tackles, including five solo tackles, 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry in Boston College's 34-27 home win over Virginia Tech. Edebali was directly involved in two VT turnovers that led to BC points - sacked Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas in the third quarter and forced a turnover (fumble) that resulted in a Nate Freese field goal that tied the score at 17, then pressured Thomas on third down in the fourth quarter that helped force an interception that resulted in a Kevin Pierre-Louis 33-yard interception return for a touchdown that lifted the Eagles to a 27-20 lead. He then forced a Logan Thomas fumble with under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter that sealed the win for the Eagles. Through eight games games, Edebali leads the team - and ranks tied for third in the ACC - with 7.5 sacks.
A 2013 mid-season All-America second-team honoree by Phil Steele, SI.com and CBSSports.com, running back Andre Williams is the league's leading rusher and ranks second among all FBS running backs with an average of 147.0 rushing yards per game. Most recently, he rushed 33 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns in BC's 34-27 ACC home win over Virginia Tech, marking his sixth 100+-yard rushing performance of the season and the 11th of his career. Williams was responsible for 85 percent of the team's rushing yardage (166 of 196) and 57 percent of its total yardage (166 of 289) against the Hokies. He scored the first points of the game on a 19-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, then lifted the Eagles to a 34-20 lead with 4:35 remaining in the game on a season-long 62-yard touchdown run.
ACC Players of the Week
Senior Kevin Pierre-Louis earned Atlantic Coast Conference Linebacker of the Week honors and senior tackle Ian White earned Offensive Lineman of the Week recognition for their stellar efforts in the team's 34-27 home win over Virginia Tech. Pierre-Louis recorded a game-high eight solo tackles and picked off a Virginia Tech pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown to lift the home team to a 27-20 lead with seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter. White was a key component of an offensive line that did not allow a sack and allowed the Eagles to rush 42 times for 196 yards. The team's 196 yards on the ground marked the highest rushing total by any opponent against Virginia Tech this season.
Approaching a record
Senior Alex Amidon has 163 receptions for 2,406 yards in 41 career games. He is second on the school's all-time receiving yards list and enters Saturday's game at New Mexico State just 53 receiving yards shy of former Eagle and current offensive graduate assistant coach Rich Gunnell's BC record of 2,459 receiving yards from 2006-09.
Boston College leads its conference -- and ranks third in the country -- in both fewest penalties per game and fewest penalty yards per game. Against Virginia Tech, the Eagles were whistled for for one penalty totaling five yards. Through eight games this season, the Eagles have been penalized 28 times totaling 238 yards.
Boston College also leads its conference -- and ranks fourth in the country -- in turnovers lost. To date, the Eagles have turned the ball over just seven times (three fumbles and four interceptions).
Effective in the Red Zone
Out of 123 teams, Boston College checks in seventh among FBS institutions in red-zone offense through eight games in 2013. The Eagles have scored on 16-of-17 chances inside the red zone and are in second place among league opponents. BC has scored 10 touchdowns (four rushing touchdowns and six passing touchdowns) and has kicked six field goals to account for their 16 scores from inside the red zone.
Freese does it all
Senior specialist Nate Freese, one of the nation's premier kickers, went 2-for-2 in field goal attempts (from 25 and 43 yards), averaged 40.8 yards on six punts and downed two inside Virginia Tech's 20 yard line and registered five touchbacks on seven kickoffs in the team's 34-27 home win over the Hokies on Nov. 2. He improved to 9-for-9 in field goal attempts this season in the win and has now recorded 30 touchbacks on 40 kickoffs this season. Freese is one of just seven specialists in the FBS that is handling all three duties on special teams.