Scores

Final

Boston College 48

(5-4, 1-3 away)

New Mexico St 34

(1-9, 1-5 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

3:30 PM ET, November 9, 2013

Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM

1 2 3 4 T
BC 13 7 7 2148
NMSU 3 14 7 1034

Top Performers

Passing: A. McDonald (NMSU) - 375 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Williams (BC) - 30 CAR, 295 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Franklin (NMSU) - 10 REC, 145 YDS, 2 TD

Boston College outruns New Mexico St 48-34

Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Boston College tailback Andre Williams scored on two long runs in the fourth quarter Saturday to help the Eagles pull away from a stubborn New Mexico State team and escape with a 48-34 victory at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Williams, the leading rusher in the ACC and No. 2 in the FBS in yards per game, finished with 30 carries for 295 yards and two touchdowns. His two biggest, though, were the scoring runs that came on plays of 80 and 47 yards, both with less than a minute to go in the game, and broke a 34-34 tie.

Boston College (5-4) won for the second week in a row, following a win against Virginia Tech last week. However, it wasn't easy against NMSU (1-9), which has lost two in a row and whose only win this season has come against Abilene Christian. BC needs one more win to become bowl eligible.

In the first-ever meeting between the teams, the Eagles led only 20-17 at the half and 27-24 going into the fourth quarter.

A 32-yard field goal by Maxwell Johnson of NMSU tied the game at 27-27 early in the fourth quarter but, as they'd done almost all afternoon, the Eagles answered an Aggie score with one of their own.

This time, it was a 98-yard kickoff return for a score by Myles Willis, who broke a tackle near his own 23-yard line, then darted outside and raced untouched the rest of the way. That put the Eagles back ahead at 34-27.

Still, the Aggies, who had the Boston College defense on its heels for much of the game, refused to go away. NMSU drove 75 yards in six plays to tie the score at 34-34. Quarterback Andrew McDonald hit all-purpose threat Austin Franklin on a post route that covered 49 yards for the tying touchdown.

The Aggies, coached by former Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Martin, looked to take control on the next series when Bryan Bonilla recovered a fumble by Boston College receiver Alex Amidon.

This time, it was the Eagles' defense turn, and it forced NMSU into a three-and-out. However, the ensuing punt left Boston College at its own 3-yard line.

That's when Williams stepped up. After an offside penalty on the Aggies and a 12-yard pass from Chase Rettig to C.J. Parsons, Williams took a handoff up the middle and shot through the line and all the way down the field untouched for a 41-34 lead.

Linebacker Steven Daniels sealed things for the Eagles when he intercepted McDonald on the fourth place of the next series. Two plays later, Williams again broke free, this time for a 47-yard run to the right side that made it 48-34.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BC
NMSU
1st Downs1827
Total Yards550539
Passing230380
Rushing320159
Penalties2-2410-70
3rd Down Conversions5-139-18
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers21
Possession27:5132:09

Passing Leaders

Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rettig17/252309.230
New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McDonald41/553756.831

Rushing Leaders

Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams302959.8280
Willis5255.0013
New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hall14956.8124
Colwell5275.4023

Receiving Leaders

Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Amidon88811.0130
Naples16969.0169
New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Franklin1014514.5249
Bergstrom8577.1014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBCNMSU
FG12:34Maxwell Johnson 43 Yd 03
FG09:18Nate Freese 51 Yd 33
FG05:54Nate Freese 39 Yd 63
TD02:49Mike Naples 69 Yd Pass From Chase Rettig (Nate Freese Kick) 133
SECOND QUARTERBCNMSU
TD08:25Austin Franklin 14 Yd Pass From Andrew McDonald (Maxwell Johnson Kick) 1310
TD03:05Harrison Jackson 7 Yd Pass From Chase Rettig (Nate Freese Kick) 2010
TD00:01Xavier Hall 10 Yd Run (Maxwell Johnson Kick) 2017
THIRD QUARTERBCNMSU
TD12:13Alex Amidon 30 Yd Pass From Chase Rettig (Nate Freese Kick) 2717
TD07:35Jerrel Brown 16 Yd Pass From Andrew McDonald (Maxwell Johnson Kick) 2724
FOURTH QUARTERBCNMSU
FG10:39Maxwell Johnson 32 Yd 2727
TD10:23Myles Willis 98 Yd Kickoff Return (Nate Freese Kick) 3427
TD08:07Austin Franklin 49 Yd Pass From Andrew McDonald (Maxwell Johnson Kick) 3434
TD04:53Andre Williams 80 Yd Run (Nate Freese Kick) 4134
TD02:33Andre Williams 47 Yd Run (Nate Freese Kick) 4834

Research Notes

Boston College's Andre Williams broke the school's single-game rushing record today vs New Mexico State. Williams came within 1 yard of tying Montel Harris' record earlier this season.
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