Blog: Boston College defeats NC State 38-21
Posted November 16, 2013
Boston College's Andre Williams rushed for 339 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 38-21 win over NC State.
0:51, 4th Quarter, Boston College 38, NC State 21: Boston College extends their lead on an Andre Williams 34 yard touchdown run.
1:53, 4th Quarter, Boston College 31, NC State 21: Back-up quarterback Garrett Leatham threw a deep 52-yard pass to Jumichael Ramos for a touchdown.
2:39, 4th Quarter, Boston College 31, NC State 14: The Eagles kick a 41-yard field goal to extend the lead to 31-14 with 2:39 to go.
8:01, 4th Quarter, Boston College 28, NC State 14: Andre Williams rushes for 65 yards but is stripped as he crosses the plane, the ball is recovered by Eagles Alex Amidon in the end zone for a touchdown. Chase Rettig takes it in for the two-point conversion and the 14 point lead.
9:05, 4th Quarter, Boston College 20, NC State 14: Rashard Smith throws to Quintin Payton on a trick play for a 49 yard touchdown pass. NC State now only down by six.
2:28, 3rd Quarter, Boston College 20, NC State 7: Nate Freese pushes Boston College's lead to 13 with a 39-yard field goal with 2:28 left in the third quarter.
Halftime, Boston College 17, NC State 7: Boston College running back Andre Williams tallied 154 yards on 19 carries in the first 30 minutes, and the Eagles lead the Wolfpack 17-7 at the break.
4:46, 2nd Quarter, Boston College 17, NC State 7: Boston College continues to chew up yards on the ground, and this time, backup Myles Willis goes in from 19 yards out to cap a 74-yard scoring drive for the Eagles. Boston College has 230 rushing yards and leads 17-7.
7:13, 2nd Quarter: Boston College 10, NC State 7: The Wolfpack strike quickly on a five-play scoring drive. Matt Dayes covered 61 yards on a pass and on the next play Rashard Smith scored from 9 yards out on a pass from Pete Thomas.
0:15, 1st Quarter; Boston College 10, NC State 0: Andre Williams once again drives the Eagle offense down the field but this time he gets in for a 17 yard touchdown. Williams now has 117 yards in the first half alone. Boston College leads NC State 10-0.
5:40, 1st Quarter, Boston College 3, NC State 0: Led by Andre Williams, who accounted for all 72 yards of a six-play drive, Boston College leads NC State 3-0 with 5:40 left in the first quarter.
8:05, 1st Quarter, NC State 0, Boston College 0: Neither team has gotten much going on offense in the opening minutes. Three possessions, three punts and several tackles for loss so far.
15:00, 1st Quarter: NC State football tweeted this morning that Wolfpack quarterback Pete Thomas will start today against Boston College. Brandon Mitchell had been named the starter earlier in the week but due to injury he has been sidelined.
Pregame: Looking for their first win in ACC play, the North Carolina State Wolfpack hit the road on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas, Mix 101.5 FM) to face the ground-oriented Boston College Eagles.
The Wolfpack (3-6, 0-6 ACC) have lost five straight in head coach Dave Doeren's first year and have their worst conference record since finishing 0-6 in the ACC in 1959.
Boston College (5-4, 2-3) picked up its first road win of the season last week against New Mexico State, and the Eagles will be looking for their third consecutive win Saturday against the Wolfpack. Boston College beat Virginia Tech 34-27 in Chestnut Hill on Nov. 2, putting themselves in position to make a late-season push for bowl eligibility.
The struggling Wolfpack, who haven't won since Sept. 28, will have to win out to go bowling.
NC State rolled up more than 400 yards of offense against the Duke Blue Devils last week, but the visitors managed to convert only 6-of-18 on third down as they suffered the 38-20 loss to Duke. The Wolfpack tallied just a single offensive touchdown in the matchup, an 80-yard pass from Brandon Mitchell to Quintin Payton in the fourth quarter to give the Pack a 20-17 advantage, but from there it was turnovers that hurt the most.
Both Mitchell and Pete Thomas split time at quarterback for the Pack, combining to hit on just 13-of-33 passes for 248 yards, but also three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns in the final frame.
In addition to being taken down quite a few times themselves, Thomas and Mitchell have had a lot of trouble finding open receivers when they do stay on their feet. In fact, the duo has just four TDs against 15 INTs right now.
Mitchell was listed as questionable on the team's injury report released Thursday. The team's official Twitter account said Saturday that Thomas would start against the Eagles.
If not for the special teams and the interceptions brought back for scores by Duke, the outcome could have easily swung in NC State's favor because the defense played well enough to keep the visitors in contention.
In fact, the Pack limited the hosts to only 321 yards of total offense thanks to the efforts of Brandon Pittman, who logged three of his game-high 14 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Also drawing attention to himself was Hakim Jones, who made an interception and both forced and recovered a fumble.
Jones is currently fifth on the team in total stops this season with 41, while Pittman falls just below him on that list with 39, five of which have been for a loss.
Speaking of tackles for loss, the Wolfpack are also quite dubious in their attempt to prevent such tackles, ranking last in the ACC and 119th in the country after nine games with an average of 8.4 TFL surrendered.
In terms of the all-time series, the Eagles own a 6-4 edge over NC State, although the Wolfpack won the most recent encounter last season by a score of 27-10 in Raleigh.
Matching their highest scoring output of the season last weekend, the Eagles whipped up on New Mexico State thanks mostly to the efforts of running back Andre Williams, who broke the school's single-game rushing record with 295 yards. Williams carried the ball 30 times and scored twice for the Eagles as they rolled up 550 yards of total offense on just 60 plays.
Also having a strong outing was Chase Rettig, who converted 17-of-25 passes for 230 yards and three more scores through the air for the visitors. BC turned the ball over on its first possession, but responded by delivering three straight scoring drives.
On defense, the Eagles forced NMSU to punt on four of the first five possessions, the other ending in a field goal. Boston College did surrender a hefty 548 yards of total offense to the hosts, but while the Eagles were averaging 9.2 yards per play, NMSU was coming up with only 6.4 yards, still a big chunk nonetheless.
Steele Divitto came away with a game-high 18 tackles, followed by Dominique Williams and Manuel Asprilla with 13 and 11 tackles, respectively. Divitto has now moved up to second place on the team's tackles chart, showing 80 stops which is just one behind Kevin Pierre-Louis.
Rettig has been a great game manager for the Eagles with his 64.0 percent completion rate and 14 touchdowns through the air, against just four interceptions, but clearly the BC offense is owned by Williams and his exploits.
The top ground gainer in the nation entering the week with his 1,471 yards, Williams has scored 12 touchdowns on the ground, the rest of the BC offense producing only two rushing scores. Perhaps most impressive about Williams is the fact that he is averaging six yards per carry.