Dec. 26, 2013
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• Boston College, which finished the regular season with a 7-5 record, including a 4-4 mark in conference play, will face Pac-12 representative Arizona (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) in the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 12:30 p.m. EST at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La. ESPN will televise the game and Sports USA Radio Network will broadcast the game.
• The Advocare V100 Bowl will mark the first time in the modern era (since 1980 when AP selected two first-team running backs) the AP's All-American running backs face off in a bowl (Boston College's Andre Williams and Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey).
• The AdvoCare V100 Bowl will mark Boston College's first bowl appearance under the direction of first-year head coach Steve Addazio and caps a remarkable turnaround from last season's 2-10 finish. It marks BC's first bowl appearance in the last three years and its 14th in the last 16 seasons.
• Boston College has scored 28.4 points per game in 2013, its highest mark since the 2003 team averaged 28.5 points per game. The team was led by quarterbacks Quinton Porter and Paul Peterson who threw for 14 and 10 touchdowns, respectively, and running backs Derrick Knight and Horace Doddwho rushed for 11 and 10 touchdowns, respectively.
Doak Walker Award Recipient and Unanimous All-America Selection
• Senior RB Andre Williams, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the recipient of the Doak Walker Award given to college football's premier running back, recorded an ACC-record 2,102 rushing yards on 329 carriers, marking the ninth-best rushing season in the history of college football. He finished the regular season ranked first among all FBS running backs in rushing yards, attempts and yards per game (175.2).
All-Atlantic Coast Conference Honorees
• Nine Boston College players - running back Andre Williams, place-kicker Nate Freese, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, left tackle Matt Patchan, wide receiver Alex Amidon, center Andy Gallik, defensive end Kasim Edebali, linebacker Steele Divitto and right tackle Ian White - earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors, according to the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Freese, Pierre-Louis and Williams each earned first-team recognition. Patchan earned second-team accolades. Amidon, Divitto, Gallik and Edebali each earned third-team honors, and White captured honorable mention laurels.
By the Numbers ...
Senior PK Nate Freese'scareer field goal percentage, which ranks seventh nationally among all active placekickers in the NCAA's FBS. Freese has made 68 of his 79 field-goal attempts.
Senior PK Nate Freese'sfield goal percentage in the last two seasons. Freese is 36-for-38 in field goal attempts in 24 games. As a junior last fall, Freese was successfull on 18-of-20 attempts. Through 12 games as a senior in 2013, Freese is 18-for-18.
Senior PK Nate Freeseis one of two place kickers in FBS college football (with more than 10 field goal attempts) to have converted all of their field-goal attempts in 2013.
Senior RB Andre Williams leads all FBS running backs in rushing attempts (329), rushing yards (2,102) and rushing yards per game (175.2).
BC has the top two active ACC career leaders in tackles in senior linebackers Kevin Pierre-Louis (1st; 356) and Steele Divitto(2nd; 291).
Out of 123 teams, Boston College checks in second among FBS institutions in red-zone offense through 12 games in 2013. The Eagles have scored on 28-of-29 chances inside the red zone and are in second place among league opponents. BC has scored 17 touchdowns (nine rushing touchdowns and eight passing touchdowns) and has kicked 11 field goals to account for their 28 scores from inside the red zone.
The Eagles have produced a top-10 pick in the NFL draft three times in the last six years - QB Matt Ryan (3rd; Atlanta Falcons, 2008), DT B.J. Raji (9th; Green Bay Packers, 2009) and LB Luke Kuechly(9th; Carolina Panthers, 2012).
Boston College had one of its former linebackers on three straight Super Bowl winning teams - Mark Herzlich (NY Giants, 2012), Jo-Lonn Dunbar(Saints, 2011) and Robert Flores (Packers, 2010).
The average number of penalties called against Boston College per game in 2013, a mark that is fewest among all teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranks third fewest among all teams in the NCAA's FBS.
The number of 200-plus yard rushing games for senior RB Andre Williamsin 2013. Williams registered a school and ACC single-game rushing record 339 yards on 42 carries against NC State (Nov. 16). The previous week, he recorded 295 rushing yards on 30 attempts at New Mexico State (Nov. 9). Williams rushed for 263 yards on 32 carries against Maryland (Nov. 26), recorded 263 yards on 30 attempts against Army (Oct. 5) and registered 204 yards on 35 attempts against Wake Forest (Sept. 6).
Boston College senior WR Alex Amidon, a 2012 first-team All-ACC selection, topped the 100-yard mark six times in receiving yardage last year in setting a BC single-season records with 1,210 receiving yards and 78 catches. Amidon was 11th nationally in receiving yards per game last fall.
Senior LB Kevin Pierre-Louis'career tackles per game average, a mark that is good for eighth among all defensive players in the NCAA's FBS.
Senior linebacker Steele Divittoranks third among all Atlantic Coast Conference tacklers with an average of 8.9 tackles per game in 2013. Divitto is tied for 38th among all defenders in FBS football.
The number of sacks through 12 games for co-captain Kasim Edebali, a mark that is tied for 18th among all tacklers at the NCAA FBS level. He is tied for fifth among all defensive players in the ACC.
With six receptions for a game-high 121 receiving yards at No. 3 Clemson (Oct. 12), senior WR Alex Amidon registered the school-record 10th 100+-yard receiving performances of his career. He surpassed Rich Gunnell and Brian Brennan, who each registered eight 100+-yard performances in their careers, for the school record in the team's home victory over Army (Oct. 6, 2013).
The number of Boston College turnovers in 2013. The Eagles have lost nine fumbles and have thrown six interceptions. BC leads the conference and ranks tied for 14th in the country in fewest turnovers lost.
The number of career 100-plus yard rushing performances for senior RB Andre Williams. He recorded two 100-yard performances as a freshman, one as a sophomore, two as a junior, and has registered nine 100-yard rushing efforts as a senior.
Team sacks in 2013. That mark is third in the ACC and tied for 14th in the FBS. BC has registered its highest single-season sack output since 2008 when it recorded 35 in 13 games. The 2008 team went 9-5, and were led by defensive stars B.J. Raji, Ron Brace, Mark Herzlich, Mike McLaughlin and Robert Francois.
Senior QB Chase Rettighas registered 45 career starts in four seasons. A 6-foot-3, 213-pound senior from San Clemente, Calif., Rettig made his first collegiate start in the fourth game of his freshman season against Notre Dame (Oct. 2, 2010), suffered a foot injury against the Irish and missed the following week's game at NC State (Oct. 19, 2010). Rettig has started each game since. Rettig is among several others on an impressive list of FBS quarterbacks with active start streaks of 35 games or longer. The list includes Wake Forest's Tanner Price (45), Clemson's Tahj Boyd (40), Alabama's A.J. McCarron (40) and Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas (39).
Boston College's -- and the ACC's -- longest run play from scrimmage in 2013 is an Andre Williams'80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the team's 48-34 win at New Mexico State (Nov. 9).
BC won 88 games in the 2000s (2000-09, including bowls), tying Auburn and Southern California for 11th among all teams in college football. Only 10 teams - Boise State (112), Oklahoma (110), Texas (110), Ohio State (102), Florida (100), LSU (99), Virginia Tech (99), Georgia (98), TCU (95) and Miami (92) - achieved more victories during the 2000s. Bookended with an 8-4 campaign in 1999 and a 7-6 season in 2010, BC captured 103 victories in 12 straight winning seasons from 1999-2010.
Boston College's Graduation Success Rate -- the best in the ACC and tied for third in the nation. Only eight FBS institutions received a football GSR of 90 or better. Those schools are Northwestern (97), Rice (96), Boston College (94), Notre Dame (94), Stanford (93), Air Force (93), Duke (92) and Boise State (91).
The number of coaching victories for defensive coordinator Don Brown. Brown is 95-45 in 12 seasons as a head coach at 3 institutions - Plymouth State, Northeastern and Massachusetts. He went 43-19 as head coach at Massachusetts from 2004-08, guiding the Minutemen to their best five-year span in program history (.694 win percentage). He went 25-6 as head coach at Plymouth State from 1993-95 and led Northeastern to a combined record of 27-20 in four seasons as head coach (2000-03). He went 18-7 in his last two seasons leading the Huskies.
Boston College's red zone scoring percentage, a mark that is good for second in the FBS and ACC (behind Florida State). BC has scored on 28-of-29 chances within the red zone.
Freshman Myles Willis registered a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of BC's 48-24 win at New Mexico State, which marked the first BC kickoff return for a touchdown since Jeff Smith recorded a 96-yard return against Clemson on Sept. 6, 2006. It marked the second-longest kickoff return is school history. Three Eagles have registered 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns - DuJuan Danielsagainst Syracuse in 1999, Mike Esposito (Miami, 1973) and Joe Diminick (St. Bonaventure, 1948).
Senior QB Chase Rettig's passing efficiency, a mark that ranks fifth among all quarterbacks in the ACC. Boston College, which owns a passing efficiency rating of 142.8 through 12 games, checks in at 36th among all teams in the country in this category.
Senior RB Andre Williamsaverage rushing yards per game. Following his BC and ACC-record 339-yard rushing day against NC State (Nov. 16), Williams average is the most since UCF's Kevin Smith in 2007.
The number of career solo tackles for senior LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, a mark that is good for 11th among all active players at the NCAA FBS level.
The number of career tackles by senior LB Steele Divitto. He is third among all players in the Atlantic Coast Conference in career tackles behind teammate Kevin Pierre-Louis(343) and Virginia Tech's Jack Tyler (280).
Senior RB Andre Williams rushing total at New Mexico State, a Boston College record at the time. The 6-foot-, 227-pound product of Schnecksville, Pa., ran 30 times to surpass the single-game record formerly held by Montel Harris(264, NC State, 2009).
Senior K Nate Freese'scareer point total -- the highest in school history. Freese broke BC's scoring record formerly held by PK Steve Aponovicius (290; 2006-09) against NC State (Nov. 16).
Senior RB Andre Williamsrushing total against NC State, which marked both a Boston College and ACC record as well as the highest FBS rushing output in 2013. Williams surpassed his previous school record of 295 yards at New Mexico State (Nov. 9) and surpassed Wake Forest's John Leach against Maryland in 1993 (329).
Boston College rushed 53 times for 420 yards against NC State, marking the first 400-plus yard rushing effort since it totaled 518 yards on the ground against Massachusetts in 1973. The rushing performance surpassed its previous season high of 320 rushing yards achieved twice -- at New Mexico State (Nov. 9) and against Army (Oct. 5).
RB Andre Williamshas a Boston College and ACC-record 2,102 rushing yards through 10 games this season. Williams surpassed former BC record-holder Mike Cloud (1,726; 1999) and former ACC record-holder Thomas Jones (1,798; 1999) of Virginia. He is the 16th running back in FBS history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.
WR Alex Amidon surpassed Rich Gunnell to become Boston College's all-time leader in receiving yards with a 30-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter at New Mexico State (Nov. 9). Amidon now has 181 receptions for 2,671 career receiving yards. Also, among the school's receptions leaders, Amidon passed Mark Chmura, who caught 176 passes from 1987-91, for third place behind Gunnell (181) and Pete Mitchell (190 receptions from 1991-94)