Boston College at New Mexico State

Boston College outruns New Mexico St 48-34

Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Boston College tailback Andre Williams scored on two long runs in the fourth quarter Saturday to help the Eagles pull away from a stubborn New Mexico State team and escape with a 48-34 victory at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Williams, the leading rusher in the ACC and No. 2 in the FBS in yards per game, finished with 30 carries for 295 yards and two touchdowns. His two biggest, though, were the scoring runs that came on plays of 80 and 47 yards, both with less than a minute to go in the game, and broke a 34-34 tie.

Boston College (5-4) won for the second week in a row, following a win against Virginia Tech last week. However, it wasn't easy against NMSU (1-9), which has lost two in a row and whose only win this season has come against Abilene Christian. BC needs one more win to become bowl eligible.

In the first-ever meeting between the teams, the Eagles led only 20-17 at the half and 27-24 going into the fourth quarter.

A 32-yard field goal by Maxwell Johnson of NMSU tied the game at 27-27 early in the fourth quarter but, as they'd done almost all afternoon, the Eagles answered an Aggie score with one of their own.

This time, it was a 98-yard kickoff return for a score by Myles Willis, who broke a tackle near his own 23-yard line, then darted outside and raced untouched the rest of the way. That put the Eagles back ahead at 34-27.

Still, the Aggies, who had the Boston College defense on its heels for much of the game, refused to go away. NMSU drove 75 yards in six plays to tie the score at 34-34. Quarterback Andrew McDonald hit all-purpose threat Austin Franklin on a post route that covered 49 yards for the tying touchdown.

The Aggies, coached by former Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Martin, looked to take control on the next series when Bryan Bonilla recovered a fumble by Boston College receiver Alex Amidon.

This time, it was the Eagles' defense turn, and it forced NMSU into a three-and-out. However, the ensuing punt left Boston College at its own 3-yard line.

That's when Williams stepped up. After an offside penalty on the Aggies and a 12-yard pass from Chase Rettig to C.J. Parsons, Williams took a handoff up the middle and shot through the line and all the way down the field untouched for a 41-34 lead.

Linebacker Steven Daniels sealed things for the Eagles when he intercepted McDonald on the fourth place of the next series. Two plays later, Williams again broke free, this time for a 47-yard run to the right side that made it 48-34.

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ACC Strength of Schedule Rankings (1:07)
Scoring Summary
NMEXSTMaxwell Johnson 43 yd FG
BCNate Freese 51 yd FG
BCNate Freese 39 yd FG
BCMike Naples 69 yd pass from Chase Rettig (Nate Freese kick)
NMEXSTAustin Franklin 14 yd pass from Andrew McDonald (Maxwell Johnson kick)
BCHarrison Jackson 7 yd pass from Chase Rettig (Nate Freese kick)
NMEXSTXavier Hall 10 yd run (Maxwell Johnson kick)
BCAlex Amidon 30 yd pass from Chase Rettig (Nate Freese kick)
NMEXSTJerrel Brown 16 yd pass from Andrew McDonald (Maxwell Johnson kick)
NMEXSTMaxwell Johnson 32 yd FG
BCMyles Willis 98 yd kick return (Nate Freese kick)
NMEXSTAustin Franklin 49 yd pass from Andrew McDonald (Maxwell Johnson kick)
BCAndre Williams 80 yd run (Nate Freese kick)
BCAndre Williams 47 yd run (Nate Freese kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1827
Third Down Efficiency5-139-18
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-0
Plays-Net Yards60-55086-548
Passing Yds230389
Kick Return Yds1168
Punt Return Yds139
Time of Poss.27:5132:9
Individual Stats
BC: Andre Williams 30-295, Myles Willis 5-25
NMEXST: Xavier Hall 14-95, Travaughn Colwell 5-27, Austin Franklin 3-22, Andrew McDonald 7-15
BC: Chase Rettig 17-25-230-0
NMEXST: Andrew McDonald 41-55-384-1, Austin Franklin 2-2-5-0
BC: Alex Amidon 8-88, Jake Sinkovec 3-31, David Dudeck 2-18, Mike Naples 1-69, C.J. Parsons 1-12, Harrison Jackson 1-7, Dan Crimmins 1-5
NMEXST: Austin Franklin 10-145, Joshua Bowen 9-54, Jordan Bergstrom 8-57, Jerrel Brown 5-56, Xavier Hall 4-32, Adam Shapiro 4-18, Joseph Matthews 3-24, Travaughn Colwell 0-3
Boston College6th Atlantic Coast Atlantic2-67-6
New Mexico State8th Sun Belt 2-63-9

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