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Patchan, Williams Earn ACC Weekly Honors




Nov. 18, 2013

Boston College football seniors Matt Patchan and Andre Williams have earned Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors for their performances in the team's 38-21 home win over North Carolina State, according to a league announcement made on Monday.

Williams, who shattered a pair of league rushing records and established the highest single-game rushing output in the FBS this season, earned offensive back of the week recognition. One of 10 Doak Walker Award semifinalists, Williams carried 42 times for an ACC record 339 yards and two touchdowns against the Wolfpack. Williams broke the previous ACC single-game record of 329 yards set by Wake Forest's John Leach against Maryland in 1993.

Through 10 games in 2013, Williams has recorded 288 carries for an ACC and Boston College single-season record 1,810 yards. Williams surpassed the previous ACC mark of 1,798 yards set by Thomas Jones of Virginia in 1999 and the previous Boston College record of 1,726 set by Mike Cloud in 1998.

Patchan, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound left tackle, graded out at 92 percent with five knockdown blocks and two plus blocks and earned the conference's lineman of the week honor. Patchan helped pave the way for Williams, who combined with the efforts of freshman running back Myles Willis, senior wide receiver Alex Amidon and senior quarterback Chase Rettig, registered 53 rushing attempts for 420 yards, marking the first 400-plus yard rushing effort since it totaled 518 yards on the ground against Massachusetts in 1973.

With Saturday's win, the Eagles improved to 6-4 and 3-3 in the ACC. The team is bowl eligible for the first time in three seasons and will next travel to College Park, Md., to face the Terrapins on Saturday, Nov. 23. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. on the ACC Regional Sports Networks.

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