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November 16, 2013

Williams shatters mark in BC bowl-eligible victory

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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.

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