Nov. 29, 2013
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- Boston College, which earned a 29-26 Atlantic Coast Conference win over Maryland at Bryd Stadium in which running back Andre Williams surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for the season and senior P/K Nate Freese connected from 52 yards as time expired, travels to Syracause, N.Y., to face the Orange on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast by the ACC RSN.
The Series - BC vs. Syracuse
- The Eagles are 18-28 in the all-time series between the two institutions, including a 6-18 record against the Orange in the Carrier Dome where the two teams last met in 2010 - a 16-7 BC win. The victory helps BC earn a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco.
Doak Walker Award Finalist
- Senior running back Andre Williams, who leads the nation in rushing attempts (320), rushing yards (2073) and rushing yards per game (188.5), has been named one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award given annually to college football's top running back, the organization announced on Monday. The finalists include Williams, Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey and Washington's Bishop Sankey.
- Williams, a 6-foot, 227-pound product of Schnecksville, Pa., who is averaging 6.5 yards per carry, has rushed for more than 200 yards five times and more than 250 yards four times this season. Most recently, he registered 32 rushing attempts for 263 yards and two touchdowns in the team's 29-26 win at Maryland (Nov. 23). Williams has rushed for 1,063 yards and eight touchdowns in his last four games, and has 16 total touchdowns on the season.
Back-to-Back ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week
- Senior Matt Patchan, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound left tackle who 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, earned ACC Offensive Linemen of the Week for the second consecutive week. 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.
ACC Specialist of the Week
- Senior kicking specialist Nate Freese, who kicked the game-winning, 52-yard field goal as time expired to help the Eagles improve to 7-4 on the season with a 29-26 win over Maryland, earned ACC 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.
Effective in the Red Zone
- Out of 123 teams, Boston College checks in third among FBS institutions in red-zone offense through 11 games in 2013. The Eagles have scored on 24-of-25 chances inside the red zone and are in second place among league opponents. BC has scored 14 touchdowns (seven rushing touchdowns and seven passing touchdowns) and has kicked 10 field goals to account for their 24 scores from inside the red zone.
Don Brown A Broyles Award Nominee
- Boston College defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Don Brown, who leads a defense that is ranked among the nation's elite in pressuring the quarterback, has been nominated for Broyles Award, according to an announcement made by Rotary Club of Little Rock, the award's presenter, this week. Brown has been a key component for a Boston College program that achieved seven wins and bowl eligibility for the first time in three seasons. The Eagles have already won five more games than last fall's 2012 team. The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996. The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10.