CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — For the second straight week, AJ Dillon made an early impact in a Boston College win. The sophomore All-American running back accounted for all of the Eagles’ first three touchdowns, setting the pace for a 62-14 victory.
In the game’s first play from scrimmage, Dillon ran for 54 yards setting up a BC redzone opportunity. After a 17-yard pass to Tommy Sweeney set up 1st-and-goal, Dillon found the end zone from seven yards out, making it 7-0 with 13:46.
Dillon found the end zone on a bruising 74-yard run – his second-longest career TD rush – on BC’s next possession, pushing it to 14-0. His third trip into the end zone – a seven-yard scamper – was set up by a 20-yard rush by Jeff Smith and a 26-yard reception by Kobay White from quarterback Anthony Brown. BC led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Signal caller EJ Perry capped a 10-play, 58-yard drive early in the second quarter with a TD strike to Ben Glines – the first passing and receiving touchdowns, respectively for each player, pushing the score to 28-0. For the second straight week, first-half scoring would end on a pick-six. Junior cornerback Hamp Cheevers intercepted an Emmitt Clifford pass, returning it 81 yards for the score. BC led 34-0 at the half.
BC added two more touchdowns in the third quarter. Davon Jones made it 41-0, finding the end zone from one yard out with 9:46 to play in the period, capping a 10-play, 67-yard drive. CJ Lewis made his first TD reception as an Eagle with 4:20 left in the quarter, extending the advantage to 48-0.
With 1:38 remaining in the third, Holy Cross returned a blocked punt, as the Crusaders’ Spencer Gilliam made initial contact and Cristos Argos returned the ball 32 yards for the score, which made it 48-7.
Matt McDonald and Hunter Long connected to start the fourth quarter to push it to 55-7, before Holy Cross again converted a blocked punt into a touchdown with 11 minutes left in regulation. The Crusaders’ Mack Cortebein blocked the kick and Gilliam made his way 16 yards in for the TD.
Noah Jordan-Williams corralled his first career TD pass on a 65-yard connection from McDonald with just under 10 minutes to play, making it 62-14.
Boston College registered 22 first downs en route to totalling 610 yards of offense.
Twelve different BC receivers hauled in 16 passes. Noah Jordan-Williams, CJ Lewis, Michael Lewis, and Joey Lucchetti each had two apiece.
Davon Jones made an impact on both sides of the ball. On offense, he rushed five times for 11 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, he made five tackles – two solo stops.
John Lamot tallied five tackles (four solo) while Wyatt Ray had four tackles – two for a loss, including a sack – and a pass breakup.
In addition to Hamp Cheevers’ interception, Mehdi El-Attrach also tallied his first career pick midway through the third quarter.
John Tessitore was 7-for-8 on point-after attempts on the afternoon. Colton Lichtenberg converted his lone attempt.
BC was 5-for-14 on third-down conversions and 2-for-3 on fourth-down conversions.
Boston College opens ACC play on Thursday night, when it travels to Wake Forest. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game will air live on ESPN. Dave Flemming, Brock Huard, and Laura Rutledge will have the broadcast call. The BC IMG Sports Network will air the game on 850 WEEI AM beginning with the pregame show at 7 p.m.
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