EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 16, 2013

Williams shatters mark in BC bowl-eligible victory


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BOSTON (AP) — Andre Williams stepped out from the sideline, his helmet off, and took a deep bow when the public address announcer recognized him for breaking Boston College’s single-season rushing record.

His day wasn’t done yet. Not by a long shot.

Williams returned for the Eagles’ next drive and went over the 300-yard mark, breaking the single-game record that he set last just week. And then, with BC just trying to run out the clock, Williams got loose for a 34-yard touchdown with 51 seconds left to finish with 339 yards and an Atlantic Coast Conference record.

“He stands for what’s right in college football,” coach Steve Addazio said after the Eagles beat North Carolina State 38-21 to qualify for a bowl game. “He’s certainly, without a doubt, one of the more dominant players in college football and is an unselfish guy that realizes what’s important. He realizes it’s a team game.”

Williams ran for more than 100 yards in the first quarter, and early in the fourth secured his fourth 200-yard game this season. He broke Mike Cloud’s school record on a strange play when he broke four tackles on a 65-yard run but fumbled just before the goal line.

The leading rusher in the nation, Williams hit 300 yards on a 5-yard run in the final minutes to break the single-game record of 295 he set last week against New Mexico State. On his school record-tying 42nd carry of the day, he scored his second TD of the game and his 14th of the season.

“We know he’s our Heisman,” said quarterback Chase Rettig, who completed 8 of 15 passes for 53 yards and also dove into the end zone to score on a 2-point conversion. “It’s fun to watch when you just hand the ball off, you’re rolling the other way and he’s already down the field.”

With the win, the Eagles (6-4, 3-3 ACC) became bowl-eligible for the first time in three years, a quick turnaround in Addazio’s first season in Chestnut Hill. With regular-season games remaining against Maryland and Syracuse, both on the road, BC could move up in the bowl selection process with a chance to qualify for the Music City Bowl as the No. 5 pick in the ACC.

“To do it, we need to win these last two games,” Rettig said. “That’s what’s driving us. We can’t let the season get away from us.”

Backup quarterback Pete Thomas completed 22 of 33 passes for 207 yards for N.C. State (3-7), which lost its sixth straight game and fell to 0-7 in conference play for the first time ever.

The 339 rushing yards for Williams broke the ACC record John Leach set at Wake Forest in 1993, and it is the most in an FBS game this season.

BC placekicker Nate Freese also had a record-setting day, converting three field goals and three extra points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer with 299 points.

Vailas throws pair

ALBANY, N.Y. — Dalton Crossan returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and rushed for a second TD as New Hampshire defeated Albany 37-20 Saturday.

Crossan finished with a career-high 185 all-purpose yards. He carried just once from scrimmage, running right, then cutting left while breaking several tackles on his way to a 51-yard touchdown. The score gave New Hampshire (6-4, 5-2 Colonial Athletic Association) a 17-0 lead.

Albany (1-10, 0-7) closed within 20-17 when Tom O’Riordan made a 29-yard field goal. UNH then answered with Crossan’s kickoff return for a touchdown, stretching the Wildcats’ lead to ten with 11:45 remaining.

The Wildcats’ Andy Vailas, the former Phillips Academy quarterback, threw two touchdown passes to Justin Mello. Mello had a team-high six catches for 71 yards.

UMass falls again

FOXBORO — Jawon Chisholm had 109 yards from scrimmage and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 9:49 left in the game yesterday to give Akron a 14-13 victory over Massachusetts.

The last time Akron had four wins in a year was in 2007.

UMass (1-9, 1-5) had the ball only once after Chisholm’s touchdown.

AIC takes title

SPRINGFIELD — American International College held Stonehill College to 173 yards and forced five turnovers to earn its first Northeast-10 Conference Championship game victory yesterday with a 27-17 decision in front of 3,453 fans.

Junior Kevin Arduino posted 304 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns to lead American International to the victory and was named the NE-10 Championship’s Most Outstanding Player for his efforts. He rushed the ball 23 times for 101 yards and three scores, averaging 4.4 yards per carry, and completed 17-of-31 passes for 203 yards without an interception.