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Boston College at Syracuse

Hunt stuns BC with late TD as Syracuse wins 34-31

By JOHN KEKIS
AP Sports Writer
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Terrel Hunt hit tight end Josh Parris with an 8-yard touchdown pass with 6 seconds remaining, and Syracuse stunned Boston College 34-31 on Saturday to become eligible for the postseason for the third time in four years.

Boston College (7-5, 4-4 ACC) had won four in a row behind star tailback Andre Williams, the nation's leading rusher, but he was injured in the third quarter and did not return, finishing the game watching from the sidelines.

It was a must-win game for (Syracuse 6-6, 4-4 ACC), and Hunt provided the dramatic finish after the Eagles had settled for a field goal after a late turnover.

Hunt hit Alvin Cornelius III for 14 yards before the winning TD.

BC quarterback Chase Rettig had provided BC with the go-ahead score with his legs, stunning the Orange with a 54-yard run. Rettig started left and cut completely back across the field before being tackled at the Syracuse 17. He then scored on a keeper with 7:49 left for a 28-24 lead.

The Eagles sent many Syracuse fans for the exits when BC linebacker Steele Divitto intercepted Hunt with 2:49 left and Nate Freese kicked a 21-yard field goal.

Syracuse had taken a 24-21 lead on Ryan Norton's 42-yard field goal late in the third, and he added a 44-yarder with 5:03 remaining in the game.

Something had to give in this one. Williams entered the game with 2,073 yards rushing and Syracuse was one of three FBS teams, along with Ohio State and Wisconsin, not to allow a 100-yard rusher this season. Williams, who had nine 100-yard games and three straight 200-yard games coming in, finished with 29 yards on nine carries and scored once.

Hit hard repeatedly in the first half, Williams was hurt on a run up the middle on the first play of the third quarter in a big pileup that also sent Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill to the sidelines.

With their star in the locker room, the Eagles tied the game at 21-all. Rettig had scrambles of 16 and 13 yards to key the drive and hit Jake Sinkovec for a 9-yard TD.

After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, Syracuse benefited from great field position to score two straight times in the second quarter as the Orange defense repeatedly stuffed Williams. He was held to 24 yards on eight rushing attempts in the first half, and one of those carries was a 26-yard TD.

Despite getting pinned deep in his own territory after the BC defense had stopped Syracuse at the 2 on fourth down, Rettig engineered a 96-yard drive in just five plays to give BC a 7-0 lead. Standing on the back line of his own end zone, Rettig zipped a 15-yard pass over the middle to tight end C.J. Parsons and followed with a 55-yard completion to a wide-open Mike Naples over the middle on the next play.

Williams, held to a yard on his first four carries and thrown for losses on three of them by the fired-up Syracuse defense, then scored around the left side with 1:57 left in the first.

With their season on the line, the Orange scored the next three times they had the ball.

Syracuse finally broke through on its third trip inside the BC 20-yard line, and Hunt did the bulk of the work, rushing for 49 yards on six keepers. Facing a second-and-goal from the 1, Hunt faked a pitch left and hit wide-open Josh Parris in the right corner of the end zone to tie it at 7-7 early in the second.

Syracuse notched the first turnover of the game when linebacker Cameron Lynch intercepted a Rettig pass at midfield, and George Morris scored on a 4-yard run with 6:12 left for a 14-7 lead.

A shanked punt by Freese gave Syracuse the ball at midfield again, and Hunt guided them to a touchdown in nine plays. Hunt hit Jeremiah Kobena with a 17-yard pass and Durell Eskridge, the Orange's starting free saftey, for 19 more on a third-and-10 play before scoring on a 1-yard run and a 21-7 lead with 70 seconds left.

With Williams struggling, Rettig worked his magic again, rolling right and hitting Alex Amidon for 52 yards down the left side. The play worked once, so might as well try it again. On the next play, Rettig hit Parsons with a throwback left for a 9-yard TD to move the Eagles within 21-14 at halftime.

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Scoring Summary
BCAndre Williams 26 yd run (Nate Freese kick)
CUSEJosh Parris 1 yd pass from Terrel Hunt (Ryan Norton kick)
CUSEGeorge Morris 4 yd run (Ryan Norton kick)
CUSETerrel Hunt 1 yd run (Ryan Norton kick)
BCC.J. Parsons 9 yd pass from Chase Rettig (Nate Freese kick)
BCJake Sinkovec 9 yd pass from Chase Rettig (Nate Freese kick)
CUSERyan Norton 42 yd FG
BCChase Rettig 1 yd run (Nate Freese kick)
CUSERyan Norton 44 yd FG
BCNate Freese 21 yd FG
CUSEJosh Parris 8 yd pass from Terrel Hunt (Ryan Norton kick)
 
Team Stats
 BCCUSE
First Downs1530
Third Down Efficiency3-1012-18
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-1
Plays-Net Yards52-35994-480
Rushes-Yds33-19151-210
Passing Yds168270
Kick Return Yds5318
Punt Return Yds727
Passes11-19-129-43-1
Punts5-1682-97
Fumbles-Lost1-11-0
Penalties-Yds4-275-35
Time of Poss.23:2736:33
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
BC: Chase Rettig 4-85, Myles Willis 17-70, Andre Williams 9-29, Tyler Rouse 3-7
CUSE: Terrel Hunt 17-90, Jerome Smith 18-46, George Morris 10-40, Devante McFarlane 6-34
PASSING
BC: Chase Rettig 11-19-168-1
CUSE: Terrel Hunt 29-43-270-1
RECEIVING
BC: Alex Amidon 3-52, Jake Sinkovec 3-29, Mike Naples 2-58, C.J. Parsons 2-24, Dan Crimmins 1-5
CUSE: Alvin Cornelius 7-81, Josh Parris 7-47, Ashton Broyld 6-47, Brisly Estime 2-35, Christopher Clark 2-7, Quinta Funderburk 1-28, Durell Eskridge 1-19, Jeremiah Kobena 1-17, Jerome Smith 1-5, Terrel Hunt 1--16
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Boston College6th Atlantic Coast Atlantic0-13-1
Syracuse2nd Atlantic Coast Atlantic0-02-1

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