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QB Brown's impressive return carries BC past UMass, 55-21

BOSTON (AP) Boston College coach Steve Addazio was even surprised by Anthony Brown's first game back.

Brown threw for 279 yards and four touchdowns while playing just the opening half in his return from a season-ending knee injury, and the Eagles opened their 120th season with a 55-21 victory over in-state rival Massachusetts on Saturday.

''Yes, just, you know, yeah,'' Addazio said. ''Coming back in game one, we were real careful with him in preseason camp. There were no signs there was going to be an issue, but my experience tells me there can be.

''It's over now in terms of hesitation and not being confident. He exceeded my expectations relative to that.''

Brown, a redshirt sophomore, completed 15 of 21 passes and led the Eagles on TD drives in seven of their nine first-half possession before sitting out the second half. He missed the final two regular-season games and the bowl game last year after a non-contact, right knee injury that required surgery.

''I thought Anthony Brown played an outstanding game coming back from an injury, probably one of best performances that's been played around here for a long time,'' Addazio said.

AJ Dillon, the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason player of the year, carried 20 times for 98 yards in two quarters. He also had a 15-yard TD catch in the opening half before he was removed.

But it was Brown that sparked the offense, which collected 622 total yards.

''My teammates helped a lot and supported me all the way through the journey,'' Brown said. ''I was really excited. I was like an 8-year-old. There weren't any jitters at all. We prepared for this day. I put a lot of time into this so my teammates could be ready and I could be ready. There was no nervousness.''

Marquis Young had a 3-yard TD run for UMass (1-1). Andrew Ford completed 9 of 18 passes for 78 yards with two interceptions, and backup Ross Comis went 9 of 13 for 145 yards with a TD.

''We aren't as good as we were last week and as bad as we were this,'' UMass coach Mark Whipple said.

Kobay White caught two TD passes; one of 34 yards and the other 27, and reserve running back Davon Jones ran for two short scores for BC.

Lukas Denis intercepted a pass on the final play of the first half, zig-zagged across the field and returned it 59 yards for a score that gave BC a 48-7 halftime edge.

The Eagles took the lead on the game's first possession, marching 80 yards. Dillon, last season's ACC rookie of the year, caught his first collegiate pass, going in for the score when he hit the right pylon.

After UMass tied it, BC scored on its next three possessions.

EXTRA TOOL

Dillon's powerful running is one thing, but when the 6-foot, 245-pound back can catch it and run, it adds a lot to BC's offense.

''It was great to see him because everyone was harping on him all summer that he can run, but he can't catch,'' Brown said. ''It was very exciting to see him open up the game with a receiving touchdown.''

BACKUP EFFORT

Comis sparked UMass' first-half scoring drive, going 2 for 2, including a 49-yard pass to Andy Isabella. Ford struggled in the opening half, going just 5 of 12 for 42 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

UMass: Hoping for a program-building statement, the Minutemen were dominated after their quick score. The offense only moved into BC territory twice in the first half.

Boston College: The Eagles were heavy favorites, but it was an impressive showing against an FBS team, though a lower-level program. The true test won't come until ACC play, starting with a nationally-televised game at Wake Forest on Sept. 13.

UP NEXT

UMass: At Georgia Southern next Saturday night.

Boston College: Hosts another in-state school, facing Holy Cross next Saturday. It's the first meeting between the Jesuit schools since 1986.

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Scoring Summary
No Scoring Plays
Team Stats
1st Downs 0 0
Rushing 0 0
Passing 0 0
Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Conv 0-0 0-0
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 0 0
Total Plays 0 0
Avg Gain 0 0
Net Yards Rushing 0 0
Rush Attempts 0 0
Avg Rush Yards 0 0
Net Yards Passing 0 0
Comp. - Att. 0-0 0-0
Yards Per Pass 0 0
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 0-0 0-0
Touchdowns
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 0 0
Other
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 0-0 0-0
Return Yards
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking / /
Extra Points 0/0 0/0
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Massachusetts 1-1 7001421
Boston College 1-0 14340755
0 PASS YDS 0
0 RUSH YDS 0
0 TOTAL YDS 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Ford 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.4% 186 2 0 185.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.4% 186 2 0 185.4
A. Ford 13/19 186 2 0
R. Comis 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 104 2 0 237.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 104 2 0 237.1
R. Comis 6/9 104 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Ally 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 109 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 109 1
B. Ally 9 109 1 66
M. Young 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 90 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 90 1
M. Young 15 90 1 17
R. Comis 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 49 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 49 1
R. Comis 2 49 1 27
A. Isabella 5 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 14 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 14 1
A. Isabella 1 14 1 14
N. Orekoya 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
N. Orekoya 4 9 0 9
M. Curtis 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
M. Curtis 1 6 0 6
A. Ford 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
A. Ford 3 5 0 8
B. Dingle 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
B. Dingle 1 2 0 2
V. Santiago 48 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 0 0
V. Santiago 2 0 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Isabella 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 131 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 131 2
A. Isabella 5 131 2 60
B. Dingle 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 61 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 61 1
B. Dingle 3 61 1 32
K. Horn 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 49 0
K. Horn 5 49 0 23
Z. Simon 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 14 1
Z. Simon 1 14 1 14
S. Palmer 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 13 0
S. Palmer 1 13 0 13
M. Young 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 12 0
M. Young 2 12 0 7
A. Peah 19 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 10 0
A. Peah 2 10 0 7
J. Herring 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Herring 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
L. Moses 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
L. Moses 5-0 0.0 0
T. Hayes 30 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
T. Hayes 4-0 0.0 0
B. Barr 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
B. Barr 4-0 0.0 0
M. Ruane 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
M. Ruane 3-0 0.0 0
J. Byczko 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
J. Byczko 3-4 0.0 0
J. Previte 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Previte 2-1 0.0 0
B. McAllister 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 2 0.0
B. McAllister 2-1 0.0 2
C. Cherrelus 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Cherrelus 2-0 0.0 0
T. Lebeau 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
T. Lebeau 2-1 0.0 0
M. Mangram 29 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Mangram 2-0 0.0 0
J. Lewis 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Lewis 2-0 0.0 0
J. Norwood 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Norwood 2-1 0.0 0
X. Steele 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
X. Steele 1-0 0.0 0
J. Fredericks 20 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Fredericks 1-0 0.0 0
B. Goodson 45 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
B. Goodson 1-0 0.0 1
J. Bowe, Jr. 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Bowe, Jr. 1-1 0.0 0
T. Ingram 21 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Ingram 1-0 0.0 0
C. McCubrey 46 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. McCubrey 1-1 0.0 0
D. Osagiede 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Osagiede 1-0 0.0 0
C. Hunt 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Hunt 1-0 0.0 0
C. Ogbonna 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Ogbonna 1-1 0.0 0
D. Green 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Green 1-0 0.0 0
C. DiTommaso 73 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
C. DiTommaso 0-2 0.0 0
M. Patton 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
M. Patton 0-2 0.0 0
I. Rodgers 9 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
I. Rodgers 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Caggiano 31 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 5/5
SEASON FG XP
0/0 5/5
M. Caggiano 0/0 0 5/5 5
C. Garcia 37 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
0/0 4/4
C. Garcia 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
G. Georgopoulos 88 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 38.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 38.3 0
G. Georgopoulos 3 38.3 0 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Ally 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 20.0 34 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 20.0 34 0
B. Ally 2 20.0 34 0
M. Young 8 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
M. Young 1 13.0 13 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Isabella 5 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 0 0
A. Isabella 1 -1.0 0 0
S. Palmer 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
S. Palmer 1 3.0 3 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Defense T-A SACK INT
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD