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Late FG lifts Boston College past N. Illinois 23-20

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Anthony Brown made the most of his final drive in his first career start.

Brown, the first freshman to start for the Eagles since 2009, had four straight completions during the game-winning drive, including a 12-yard fourth-down pass to Kobay White to set up Colton Lichtenberg's 37-yard field goal with 2:13 to play.

''During that drive, we were getting everything we possibly could ask for,'' said Brown, who learned he was starting a few days before kickoff. ''It's a wonderful feeling.''

Brown threw for two touchdowns to help Boston College edge Northern Illinois 23-20 in a season opener on Friday night.

Northern Illinois had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but Christian Hagan's 39-yard field-goal attempt hit the crossbar.

Brown was 26-of-42 passing for 191 yards and an interception. He and the Eagles appeared poised to widen the lead after going up 20-10 midway through the third quarter but the offense sputtered. A handful of ill-timed penalties also hurt.

''In the fourth quarter, we stalled, but we were able to make enough plays to win,'' coach Steve Addazio said. ''Those penalties were simply drive-killers for us.''

Michael Walker and Ray Marten each had touchdown catches for Boston College, which got five grabs and a team-best 64 yards from White.

Ryan Graham threw for 190 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Huskies, who were seeking their fifth straight home win over a Power 5 conference opponent.

Boston College took a 13-10 lead to intermission after Brown connected with Walker in the final minute. Northern Illinois rallied to tie it early in the fourth quarter.

Addazio didn't announce a starter earlier in the week and only informed Brown, who beat out experienced graduate student Darius Wade.

''He graded out the highest in preseason camp on work,'' Addazio said. ''We said we'd look at the body of work to have a measurable stat. I had to have something tangible and that's how we made our decision.''

NICE BOOST

Lichetnberg converted all three field-goal attempts but the Eagles weren't expecting much in the run-up to the opener. The junior missed two tries in last season's opener before a quad injury helped cost him the starting job for the rest of the fall.

''I was not pleased coming out of camp with our field-goal kicking,'' Addazio said. ''I think he gained a lot of confidence. This is going to pay a lot of dividends for him.''

OOPS!

Boston College's offense hit its deepest valley early in the second quarter when Jon Baker hiked the ball past Brown, who was looking away when the third-down snap was delivered. Brown raced back to dive on the ball, but the 18-yard loss forced the Eagles to punt.

THE TAKEAWAY

Boston College: The Eagles next-to-last among FBS teams in total offense last season and had their share of fits and starts on the first night of the new year. The Eagles looked sharp on both touchdown drives but a pair of costly three-and-outs and an illegal-block penalty on another possession stymied them late in the second half and kept the game close.

Games against Notre Dame and national champion Clemson loom later in September.

Northern Illinois: The Huskies have had success in the past with versatile quarterbacks and Graham, who also was kept under wraps until kickoff, showed flashes with his arm and feet in his ninth career start. The redshirt junior led all rushers with 99 yards and kept the Huskies' first touchdown drive alive with a 60-yard keeper.

''I don't think my job is locked and I still need to perform,'' he said. ''It's definitely not `I'm this good and I have this job.'''

UP NEXT

Boston College: The Eagles, who have dropped their last three Atlantic Coast Conference openers, kick off their conference slate Sept. 9 when Wake Forest visits Chestnut Hill.

Northern Illinois: The Huskies welcome FCS-member Eastern Illinois the same day. Coach Rod Carey is 3-0 against such foes in his five seasons.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:17
99-C.Lichtenberg 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
16
yds
05:00
pos
23
20
Field Goal 14:21
34-C.Hagan 21 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
-57
yds
00:39
pos
20
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:15
34-C.Hagan extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
17
Touchdown 2:15
17-R.Graham complete to 35-S.Wimann. 35-S.Wimann runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
17
plays
71
yds
05:28
pos
20
16
Point After TD 7:48
99-C.Lichtenberg extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
10
Touchdown 7:48
13-A.Brown complete to 86-R.Marten. 86-R.Marten runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
1
yds
02:57
pos
19
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:30
99-C.Lichtenberg extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
10
Touchdown 0:30
13-A.Brown complete to 3-M.Walker. 3-M.Walker runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
-8
yds
01:04
pos
12
10
Field Goal 2:08
99-C.Lichtenberg 35 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
15
yds
04:24
pos
6
10
Point After TD 14:56
34-C.Hagan extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
10
Touchdown 14:56
17-R.Graham complete to 10-D.Brown. 10-D.Brown runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
-43
yds
00:04
pos
3
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:14
99-C.Lichtenberg 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
-1
yds
02:12
pos
3
3
Field Goal 7:05
34-C.Hagan 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
15
yds
03:04
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 21 18
Rushing 11 5
Passing 8 10
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 9-24 2-15
4th Down Conv 2-2 1-2
Total Net Yards 334 367
Total Plays 92 74
Avg Gain 3.6 5.0
Net Yards Rushing 158 164
Rush Attempts 50 35
Avg Rush Yards 3.2 4.7
Net Yards Passing 176 203
Comp. - Att. 26-42 16-39
Yards Per Pass 4.2 5.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-15 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-70 12-98
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 9-38.7 8-40.9
Return Yards 92 65
Punts - Returns 1-11 3-17
Kickoffs - Returns 4-81 3-48
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-0
Kicking 5/5 4/5
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 3/3 2/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Boston College 1-0 3107323
N. Illinois 0-1 377320
176 PASS YDS 203
158 RUSH YDS 164
334 TOTAL YDS 367
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Brown 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.9% 191 2 1 111.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.9% 191 2 1 111.1
A. Brown 26/42 191 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Hilliman 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 58 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 58 0
J. Hilliman 25 58 0 17
T. Smith 18 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 55 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 55 0
T. Smith 6 55 0 23
J. Smith 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 26 0
J. Smith 3 26 0 13
A. Dillon 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 20 0
A. Dillon 5 20 0 6
A. Brown 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 10 0
A. Brown 7 10 0 9
B. Glines 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
B. Glines 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. White 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 76 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 76 0
K. White 6 76 0 20
M. Walker 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 50 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 50 1
M. Walker 8 50 1 21
J. Smith 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 18 0
J. Smith 3 18 0 11
C. Garrison 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 17 0
C. Garrison 1 17 0 17
K. Idrizi 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 17 0
K. Idrizi 2 17 0 17
R. Marten 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 7 1
R. Marten 2 7 1 4
C. Callinan 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
C. Callinan 1 5 0 5
J. Hilliman 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 1 0
J. Hilliman 3 1 0 5
T. Sweeney 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Sweeney 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Z. Allen 2 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
Z. Allen 7-2 0.0 0
W. Harris 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
W. Harris 6-2 0.0 0
H. Landry 7 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
H. Landry 5-1 0.0 0
K. Moore 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
K. Moore 4-2 0.0 0
T. Schwab 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
T. Schwab 4-2 0.0 0
L. Denis 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
L. Denis 3-1 0.0 1
I. Yiadom 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
I. Yiadom 3-1 0.0 0
T. Torres 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Torres 3-0 0.0 0
N. Merritt 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
N. Merritt 3-1 0.0 0
C. Strachan 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Strachan 2-0 0.0 0
J. Smith 6 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
T. Karafa 48 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Karafa 1-0 0.0 0
M. Richardson 14 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Richardson 1-1 0.0 0
R. Smith 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
R. Smith 1-1 0.0 0
T. Smith 18 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Smith 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Lichtenberg 99 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
3/3 2/2
C. Lichtenberg 3/3 42 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Knoll 98 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
9 38.7 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
9 38.7 4
M. Knoll 9 38.7 4 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Glines 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 17.7 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 17.7 24 0
B. Glines 3 17.7 24 0
K. White 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 28.0 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 28.0 28 0
K. White 1 28.0 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Walker 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
M. Walker 1 11.0 11 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Graham 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
39.5% 190 2 1 93.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
39.5% 190 2 1 93.6
R. Graham 15/38 190 2 1
C. Blake 4 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 13 0 0 209.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 13 0 0 209.2
C. Blake 1/1 13 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Graham 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 99 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 99 0
R. Graham 12 99 0 60
M. Jones 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 48 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 48 0
M. Jones 11 48 0 18
Jo. Huff 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 9 0
Jo. Huff 5 9 0 3
DJ. Brown 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
DJ. Brown 2 7 0 4
C. Blake 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
C. Blake 2 6 0 6
C. Beebe 82 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
C. Beebe 1 -1 0 -1
T. Mister 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
T. Mister 1 -3 0 -3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Beebe 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 93 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 93 0
C. Beebe 6 93 0 46
S. Wimann 35 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 37 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 37 1
S. Wimann 4 37 1 19
DJ. Brown 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 31 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 31 1
DJ. Brown 2 31 1 16
S. Tears 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 29 0
S. Tears 3 29 0 14
R. Graham 17 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 13 0
R. Graham 1 13 0 13
Jo. Huff 23 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
Jo. Huff 0 0 0 0
J. Wesley 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Wesley 0 0 0 0
C. Blake 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. Blake 0 0 0 0
M. Jones 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Jones 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Jones IV 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 0.0
B. Jones IV 13-3 0.0 0
K. Pugh 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-4 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 1 0.0
K. Pugh 12-4 0.0 1
J. Johnson 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
J. Johnson 9-1 0.0 0
M. Williams 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
M. Williams 5-0 0.0 0
A. Smalls 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
A. Smalls 5-1 0.0 0
S. Smith 15 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
S. Smith 5-1 1.0 0
J. Embry 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Embry 4-0 0.0 0
M. Allen 20 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
M. Allen 3-2 0.0 0
J. Corcoran 12 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Corcoran 2-0 0.0 0
J. Abresch 13 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Abresch 2-1 0.0 0
A. Jones-Davis 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Jones-Davis 2-0 0.0 0
J. Sanders 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Sanders 2-0 0.0 0
Dr. Brown 40 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
Dr. Brown 1-0 1.0 0
S. Lurry 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
S. Lurry 1-1 0.0 0
A. Schwab 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Schwab 1-1 0.0 0
D. Webster 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Webster 1-0 0.0 0
B. LeRoy 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. LeRoy 0-1 0.0 0
W. Lee 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
W. Lee 0-1 0.0 0
J. Heflin 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Heflin 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Hagan 34 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
2/3 2/2
C. Hagan 2/3 32 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Ference 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 40.9 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 40.9 1
M. Ference 8 40.9 1 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Blake 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 16.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 16.0 23 0
C. Blake 3 16.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Beebe 82 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 5.7 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 5.7 10 0
C. Beebe 3 5.7 10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 BC 28 1:26 5 13 Punt
12:10 BC 38 1:55 6 2 INT
6:55 BC 17 2:06 5 28 Punt
2:26 BC 41 2:12 9 34 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 BC 35 3:02 7 10 Punt
9:15 BC 4 1:14 3 2 Punt
6:32 BC 20 4:24 13 15 FG
1:34 BC 50 1:04 7 -8 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:36 BC 35 2:21 8 25 Punt
10:45 BC 41 2:57 9 1 TD
2:10 BC 19 1:00 3 4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:18 BC 17 1:11 3 -7 Punt
11:44 BC 36 1:07 4 4 Punt
10:20 BC 41 0:32 3 2 Punt
7:17 BC 34 5:00 14 46 FG
0:21 BC 22 0:03 3 4 End of game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:19 NILL 14 1:02 3 5 Punt
10:09 NILL 40 3:04 9 45 FG
4:43 NILL 15 2:08 6 10 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BC 15 0:04 2 -43 TD
11:43 NILL 12 2:20 6 35 Punt
7:54 BC 45 1:13 3 4 Punt
1:59 NILL 14 0:18 3 5 Punt
0:30 NILL 25 0:00 1 -1 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 NILL 23 1:15 3 3 Punt
11:03 NILL 20 0:14 3 0 Punt
7:43 NILL 25 5:28 17 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BC 8 0:39 3 -57 FG
12:59 BC 44 1:11 4 8
10:31 NILL 26 0:04 3 -10 INT
9:39 NILL 15 2:13 6 11 Punt
2:13 NILL 25 1:47 11 53 FG Miss