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.”