Williams, Patchan Repeat As ACC Players of the Week
Nov. 25, 2013
Boston College seniors Nate Freese, Matt Patchan and Andre Williams have earned Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors for their performances in the team's 29-26 victory at Maryland, according to a league announcement made on Monday.
Freese, who kicked a game-winning, 52-yard field goal as time expired to help the Eagles improve to 7-4 on the season, earned specialist of the week recognition. The Strongsville, Ohio product also connected from 19 and 22 yards in the game, and is a perfect 17-for-17 in field goal attempts in 2013. Freese is the only kicker in the FBS who has attempted 10 or more field goals with a perfect field goal percentage.
One of the most accurate placekickers in the nation, Freese now has a .858 (67-for-78) career field-goal percentage. He is also the all-time leading scorer in BC history with 310 career points. Aside from placekicking, Freese also handles kickoff and punt responsibilities, and is one of only seven kickers in the FBS that handles all three duties on special teams.
Williams, who rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns, earned offensive back of the week recognition. The 6-foot, 227-pound running back became the 16th player in FBS history to rush for 2,000 yards in the regular season, and his current total of 2,073 rushing yards places him 12th all-time. He is the first running back in the FBS to break 2,000 yards since Donald Brown rushed for 2,083 for Connecticut in 2008.
Williams earned the accolade for the second straight week after carrying the ball 42 times for an ACC record 339 yards and two touchdowns on Nov. 16 against North Carolina State. He has broken both the BC and the ACC record for rushing yards in a season, and has five 200-yard games this year.
Patchan graded out at 86 percent with two knockdown blocks to lead Boston College's offensive line that paved the way for Andre Williams to run for 263 yards and two touchdowns and earn a 29-26 victory at Maryland. The Eagles produced more than 250 yards on the ground for the third straight game and are averaging 220 rushing yards per game this season, a mark good for second in the conference and 21st among all FBS teams. Patchan garnered league recognition for the second straight week.
With the win over Maryland, the Eagles improve to 7-4 and 4-3 in the ACC. The five-win increase from last season's 2-10 record ties the biggest single-season turnaround in school history since 1900 (1927-28, 1978-79 and 1985-86). BC will travel to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on the Orange on Saturday, Nov. 30. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. on the ACC Regional Sports Networks.