Boston College Football regrouped this week against Rutgers with a 30-16 win following a disappointing loss to Kansas last week.
The Eagles established what they do best, running the ball early and often. Running back David Bailey got the Eagles on the board with a 42-yard rushing touchdown on the first drive of the game–the longest rush of the sophomore’s young career so far.
Rutgers responded with a 74-yard connection between quarterback Artur Sitkowski and running back Raheem Blackshear. This score was the only time the Scarlet Knights found the endzone, despite 304 passing yards from Sitkowski.
The Eagles hit back with an Anthony Brown 1-yard rushing touchdown and a late Aaron Boumerhi field goal, providing BC with a 17-14 lead at the half.
From there, the Eagles running game took over. A.J. Dillon capped off a 13-play 82-yard drive with his first of two scores to start off the third quarter. Dillon highlighted his massive day—with seven rushes for 44 yards on that one drive alone—putting the Eagles up 24-13 midway through the third.
Rutgers kept the game interesting with a 50-yard field goal in the first few minutes of the fourth quarter to bring the game within a score.
The Eagles responded with yet another methodical, time-wasting drive. This 18-play 75-yard drive was finished off by yet another Dillon touchdown, this time for four yards, putting BC up 30-14.
Mike Palmer’s interception on the ensuing Rutgers drive all but ensured the BC victory, with a few Eagles' first downs and three kneels concluding the contest.
The 32-rush 150-yard effort from Dillon was his second 150-yard game in as many weeks. The Eagles relied heavily on the running game accounting for 272 of their 430 total yards via the ground, including 222 yards from Dillon and Bailey alone.
Quarterback Anthony Brown continued his struggles throwing the football, completing just 13 of his 25 pass attempts on the day. He was, however, able to add a productive 40 yards rushing.
The Eagles improved to 3-1 on the season and will return home next weekend to face Wake Forest at 3:30 p.m. Rutgers falls to 1-2 on the year and faces a tough matchup against Michigan ahead. BC will look to get back on track before a daunting late-season schedule featuring games against Clemson and Notre Dame.