BOSTON — Boston College gave new coach Steve Addazio the victory he was hoping for and plenty of things for him to yell about during the week.
“I just wanted to have some good moments happen for the team. They came off a very disappointing season,” Addazio said after the Eagles overcame a slow start to beat Villanova 24-14 on Saturday. “We have a lot of work to do. We know what we’ve got ahead of us.”
Alex Amidon had 13 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown, and Chase Retting completed 23 of 30 passes for 285 yards and two TDs for BC. Andre Williams ran for 114 yards on 23 carries for the Eagles (1-0).
BC lost its last four games last season to finish with double-digits in losses for just the second time in school history. Coach Frank Spaziani was fired, and Addazio was brought up from Temple to turn things around.
It took a half longer than expected.
John Robertson ran for 94 yards and passed for 158 more for Villanova (0-1). Jamal Abdur-Rahman caught one TD pass and had a 47-yard touchdown run on a fake punt on the game’s opening drive. The Wildcats, a top 10 team in the Football Championship Subdivision, also led 14-7 before Boston College scored the next 17 points.
“After coming off a 2-10 year, you can’t wait to get back out there and prove that’s not going to happen again,” cornerback Bryce Jones said. “You can’t wait to hit somebody else. We just had to calm ourselves down. At the end of the second quarter, we started to and then we went into halftime and said to calm down, that stuff is done. Then we had a third quarter shutout and a fourth quarter shutout.”
The Eagles took the lead for good on a two-play drive with a 36-yard pass to Bobby Wolford and a 24-yard run by Williams to make it 21-14. Williams left the game with a strained hamstring and missed the fourth quarter; Addazio said he didn’t know how serious it is.