Nov 26, 2022; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Boston College Eagles cornerback Jalon Williams (14) breaks up a pass intended for Syracuse Orange wide receiver Damien Alford (82) during the second quarter at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Garrett Shrader, Sean Tucker boost Syracuse over Boston College

Garrett Shrader threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Sean Tucker ran for two more as Syracuse came back for a 32-23 win over host Boston College on Saturday night.

Devaughn Cooper (8 yards) and Damien Alford (58 yards) caught Shrader’s touchdown passes and Cooper scampered in from 5 and 29 yards out as the Orange (7-5, 4-4 ACC) held a 26-13 scoring edge in the final quarter.

Shrader finished 21-of-27 for 285 yards while Tucker rushed for 125 yards on 21 carries, becoming the third-leading rusher in Syracuse history.

Oronde Gadsden II had six catches for 106 yards for Syracuse.

Anwar Sparrow logged three tackles for loss.

Emmett Morehead was 29-of-38 for 252 passing yards and two touchdowns for BC (3-9, 2-6).

Zay Flowers (110 yards) caught two TD passes, setting BC records with 12 this season and 29 in his career.

Pat Garwo (83 yards) also ran for a score.

With BC driving near midfield, Morehead was strip sacked by Caleb Okechukwu and Syracuse took over with 5:25 left. Tucker broke through to cap a 6-play drive in 2:29.

BC led 10-0 in less than five minutes. Syracuse’s first four possessions resulted in a Bryce Steele fumble recovery, an Edwin Kolenge blocked punt, a missed field goal and a punt.

The special teams highlights resulted in BC starting inside the red zone, though it first settled for a 28-yard Connor Lytton field goal.

After Syracuse went 3-and-out, the Eagles found the end zone in three plays as Morehead hit Flowers for a 7-yard reception.

With 2:18 left in the half, the Orange capped a 12-play, 66-yard drive with a 47-yard Andre Szmyt field goal.

After Sparrow’s recovery inside BC territory on the following possession, the Orange was tackled for loss and a flagrant foul on right tackle Enrique Cruz stalled a late drive.

The first two third-quarter drives lasted 6:17 and 7:03. After BC went scoreless, Syracuse was held to a 29-yard field goal after two penalties and a Donovan Ezeiruaku sack.

A 30-yard toss to Flowers along the sideline set up Garwo’s TD run at the end of a nine-play drive early in the fourth.

Syracuse responded with an 8-play, 81-yard drive, scoring on Cooper’s 8-yard catch-and-run with 9:56 left.

The Orange took an 18-17 lead with 7:05 remaining, as a quick 3-play series ended with Alford catching a 58-yard pass.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA;  Syracuse Orange running back Sean Tucker (34) runs around end towards the end zone against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the first half at Truist Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Ailing Orange look to finish strong vs. up-and-down BC

Two long familiar foes clash in Saturday’s regular-season finale as Boston College hosts Syracuse for the first time since 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

After fighting through injuries all season, the Big East-turned-Atlantic Coast Conference rivals look to finish strong in their 56th all-time meeting.

The Orange (6-5, 3-4 ACC) have lost five straight since their superb start to the season earned them their first bowl game in five seasons. The Eagles (3-8, 2-5) were shut out last week at Notre Dame, 44-0, a week after they had knocked off then-No. 16 NC State.

Syracuse battled in last Saturday’s 45-35 loss to Wake Forest despite missing 12 players from its season-opening depth chart.

“Our goal right now is Boston College, and that’s where we have to be at because you only get 12 opportunities to play 13, which we have received,” coach Dino Babers said. “To be fair to everyone, we have to stay locked in on that, but … the numbers are concerning.”

Left tackle Matthew Bergeron, who had started 38 consecutive games, was one of three linemen out.

Against Wake, Garrett Shrader threw for a career-best 324 yards, and Sean Tucker scored twice while rushing for 106 yards.

Tucker became the fourth back in ‘Cuse history to surpass 3,000 for his career, joining Joe Morris (4,299), Walter Reyes (3,424), and Delone Carter (3,104).

“Eleven explosive plays, seven guys caught the ball,” Babers said. “That just shows you guys are getting better and coaches are doing a good job bringing the underbelly along.”

BC has a conference-high 34 underclassmen on its two-deep but using nine different starters across the offensive line has been particularly challenging.

Also, quarterback Phil Jurkovec has missed three games due to a concussion and broken rib.

“It’s probably not looking good like he’ll play in this last game,” BC coach Jeff Hafley said.

Emmett Morehead has thrown for seven touchdowns since Jurkovec was injured at UConn. He is one of only two freshman quarterbacks in the country this season have multiple 325-yard, three-touchdown games — and the other is North Carolina’s highly touted Drake Maye.

Zay Flowers has become the Eagles’ all-time leader in receiving yards (2,946) and receptions (192). He needs two touchdowns to match Kelvin Martin’s school record of 29.

“When he’s going out there practicing 100 miles an hour … and giving everything, it says a lot more than someone yelling and screaming,” Hafley said. “There’s a lot of guys like that. …

“It hasn’t been perfect, but there’s no quit.”

BC has been held to a field goal or less three times this season but had not been blanked since 2016 before last week’s 44-0 loss.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Michael Mayer (87) dives for the pylon as Boston College Eagles defensive back Josh DeBerry (21) defends in the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

No. 18 Notre Dame dominates from 1st play in 44-0 shutout

No. 18 Notre Dame scored on its first eight drives and cruised to a 44-0 win over visiting Boston College on a snowy Saturday nonconference action at South Bend, Ind.

Audric Estime rushed for two touchdowns and Logan Diggs had a team-high 122 yards and a score on 15 carries, leading the Fighting Irish (8-3) to their fifth straight triumph.

Notre Dame finished with a 437-173 advantage in total yards. The count was 336-81, including 214-1 on the ground, in the first half.

Freshman cornerback Benjamin Morrison intercepted three of BC quarterback Emmett Morehead’s passes. Isaiah Foskey became Notre Dame’s all-time sacks leader, taking down Morehead for his 25th to end the opening half.

Quarterback Drew Pyne went 13 of 25 for 156 yards and one touchdown.

For BC (3-8), which has lost five of six, Zay Flowers had 46 receiving yards and Alex Broome rushed for 25. Morehead ended 9-for-22 for 117 yards and was sacked four times as the Eagles turned the ball over five times.

On defense, Vinny DePalma had a game-high 12 tackles.

After Diggs ran for 51 yards on the opening play from scrimmage, the Irish got stopped in the red zone and settled for Blake Grupe’s 26-yard field goal.

It was 10-0 in less than three minutes. Morrison picked off Morehead to end the Eagles’ first series prematurely, leading to a Diggs 1-yard score on his fifth consecutive carry.

An eight-play, 81-yard drive resulted in the second straight Notre Dame touchdown and a 17-0 lead. Pyne went 6-of-7 on a drive that finished with a 1-yard TD to Matt Salerno with 4:15 left in the first.

BC’s Donovan Ezeiruaku broke up a third-down pass, holding Notre Dame to a 41-yard field goal to begin the second quarter.

Grupe was called upon again at 8:27 before halftime, hitting from 46 after a penalty and Pyne’s scamper coming up short of a first down.

Estime (7 yards) and Chris Tyree (12) rushed for TDs in the final 3:04 of the first half.

Aside from two of Morrison’s interceptions, BC fumbled twice and punted twice in the first half.

Following another Morrison pick, Estime ran to the left for a 6-yard score with 8:54 to play in the third.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA;North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback MJ Morris (16) scrambles during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Emmett Morehead helps Boston College shock No. 16 NC State

Emmett Morehead threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns as Boston College upset No. 16 North Carolina State 21-20 on Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Morehead connected with Joe Griffin for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left and Connor Lytton kicked the decisive extra point.

Morehead completed 29 of 48 passes with two interceptions for the Eagles (3-7, 2-5 ACC) as they snapped a four-game slide. The Eagles also broke a 15-game losing streak to ranked opponents.

Zay Flowers was Morehead’s top target as he hauled in seven catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

To add another layer to Boston College’s shocking victory, the Eagles won while rushing for minus-one yard on 23 carries.

NC State (7-3, 3-3) saw its 16-game home winning streak at Carter-Finley Stadium come to an end. Had the Wolfpack won this game, the streak would have set a new program record.

Boston College trailed by as much as 13 points. They moved ahead with a 12-play, 69-yard drive that took two minutes and 33 seconds. The drive was capped off by Morehead’s short touchdown pass to Griffin.

NC State tried to respond, but threw an incomplete pass and was then flagged for an illegal forward pass that was caught by a Boston College defender.

NC State scored on each of its first two drives to take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. MJ Morris — making just his second career start — found Trent Pennix Jr. for a 27-yard score, and then Morris had a 10-yard scamper for the second touchdown.

Morris finished with 135 passing yards while completing 12 of 24 passes. He also rushed for 22 yards. Michael Allen paced the rushing attack for NC State with 77 yards on 14 attempts, while Jordan Houston rushed for 71 yards on 14 touches.

After a Boston College score, NC State’s Christopher Dunn connected on a pair of field goals — from distances of 30 and 45 yards — to put the Wolfpack up 20-7. With the second kick, Dunn became the ACC’s career leader in field goals made with 89.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Elko during the second half at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports

Riley Leonard, Duke run over Boston College

Duke earned its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference road win, scoring 24 first-half points on the way to defeating Boston College 38-31 on Friday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Blue Devils (6-3, 3-2 ACC) rushed for 232 yards, eclipsing the 200 mark for the sixth time this season. Jaquez Moore had two of the team’s four rushing scores.

Duke quarterback Riley Leonard completed 16 of 24 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown, and he added a game-high 96 yards and a score on 13 carries.

Boston College quarterback Emmett Morehead made his first career start in place of Phil Jurkovec (knee), and he finished 27 of 45 for 330 yards and four touchdowns. Zay Flowers and Joseph Griffin Jr. caught two TD tosses apiece, and Griffin racked up 103 yards on five receptions.

Shaka Heyward logged 11 tackles, leading a Duke defense that sacked Morehead five times.

Duke opened the game with a six-play, 90-yard touchdown drive. Leonard called his own number for a 60-yard TD, his ninth on the ground this season.

After the teams traded three-and-outs, the Eagles scored on a six-play, 72-yard drive. A 22-yard Alex Broome run and a 36-yard Morehead-to-Griffin connection set up a 2-yard touchdown toss to Flowers.

Todd Pelino’s 39-yard field goal lifted the Blue Devils with 4:07 left in the first quarter.

Duke ate 5:53 and made it 17-7 on a Jordan Waters 7-yard run to begin the second. Another Blue Devils drive starting near midfield ended with Sahmir Hagans catching an 8-yard touchdown with 4:16 until halftime.

In the final minute of the half, Boston College cut its deficit to 24-14 as Morehead found Griffin for a 2-yard high ball in the corner of the end zone.

The Blue Devils opened the second half with Moore’s 24-yard run up the middle, capping a six-play, 63-yard drive.

A fourth-down catch by Griffin kept an 80-yard drive going and allowed Flowers to score on an 18-yard catch-and-run with 3:31 to go in the third, bringing the Eagles within 31-21.

Moore punched in a 2-yard score on Duke’s first play of the final quarter, completing an eight-play, 50-yard series.

Griffin hauled in a 26-yard pass with 12:07 left to slice Boston College’s deficit to 10.

Connor Lytton’s 34-yard field goal made it 38-31 in the final minute of regulation.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; East Hartford, Connecticut, USA; Boston College Eagles special teams Zay Flowers (4) returns the ball against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn clamps down on Boston College 13-3

Freshman quarterback Zion Turner threw for a season-high 173 yards and a touchdown as UConn held off visiting Boston College in a 13-3 victory Saturday at East Hartford, Conn.

Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec threw for 155 yards but was intercepted twice, including one in the end zone late in the second quarter. Jurkovec, who absorbed three of UConn’s four sacks, also rushed 14 times for 29 yards before leaving with an apparent knee injury in the third quarter.

In a mistake-filled game, the Eagles (2-6) also fumbled away late chances.

Boston College trailed 10-3 in the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Emmett Morehead found Jeremiah Franklin for a short completion, but Franklin fumbled, and the Huskies’ Jackson Mitchell recovered at the Boston College 32.

UConn (4-5) went three-and-out, but Noe Ruelas nailed a 43-yard field goal to extend the lead to 13-3 with 6:26 remaining.

On Boston College’s next possession, Mitchell picked off Morehead, giving the Huskies possession at their own 32.

After forcing UConn to punt, the Eagles gave the ball right back to the Huskies. Star BC wide receiver Zay Flowers, who dropped a possible touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter and had just two catches for 35 yards, muffed the punt, with Mitchell making the recovery. Mitchell also had a sack for UConn and Pryce Yates had two more.

In 14 previous meetings between these schools dating back to 1908, the Eagles were 12-0-2.

Aaron Turner had 70 yards on four catches for the Huskies. The Eagles’ Patrick Garwo amassed 89 yards receiving and 13 rushing.

On the game’s third play from scrimmage, Turner hit Justin Joly down the right sideline, and one missed tackle by Boston College was all Joly needed to finish the 62-yard scoring play. Ruelas’ extra point made it 7-0 just 65 seconds into the game.

The Eagles then gambled on their first possession, going for a first down on fourth-and-1 at their own 34, but Jurkovec was held to no gain.

The Huskies then moved to a first-and-goal at the Boston College 5-yard line, but a fumbled snap cost them 20 yards, and they settled for Ruelas’ 31-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead.

The Eagles’ only points came on Connor Lytton’s 19-yard field goal with 9:57 left in the first half. He missed a 43-yard attempt in the closing seconds of the game.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons defensive back Chelen Garnes (9) moves in against Boston College Eagles quarterback Phil Jurkovec (5) out of bounds an a quarterback keeper  during the first quarter at Truist Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Hartman’s monster day (5 TDs) carries No. 13 Wake Forest to rout

Sam Hartman threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns as No. 13 Wake Forest downed Boston College 43-15 in Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference matchup in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Jahmal Banks and Taylor Morin each caught two of Hartman’s touchdown tosses, helping the Demon Deacons (6-1, 2-1 ACC) earn their third straight win.

Hartman (25-for-40 passing), who also rushed for a score, found seven different receivers in the game. He leads all FBS quarterbacks with 93 career passing touchdowns.

For the Eagles (2-5, 1-4), Zay Flowers made 10 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown from Phil Jurkovec. The BC quarterback was 20-for-38 passing and also rushed for a score.

Both teams were coming off their bye week.

BC got off to a strong start as Jurkovec completed five of his first six passes, but his second drive stalled out inside the red zone before Connor Lytton kicked a 29-yard field goal for the game’s first points.

The hosts responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive and, after converting on 4th-and-3, took the lead on Hartman’s 15-yard connection with a leaping Banks. Hartman was 7-of-8 passing during the drive.

Morin received the signal caller’s second touchdown as a 12-yard catch completed Wake’s first series of the second quarter.

The Eagles ate up a lot of clock on an ensuing series that included a fake punt and strip sack, but in the end, Flowers caught a 61-yard score with 5:53 left in the opening half. The PAT attempt was blocked.

Wake answered quickly and made it 21-9 when A.T. Perry caught his third pass of the series, a 13-yard touchdown with 2:11 left.

Even a 3rd-and-25 couldn’t keep Wake out of the end zone on its second series of the third quarter. An unnecessary roughness penalty on Hartman’s throw to Morin set up a repeat connection from 4 yards out.

Over the final five minutes of the quarter, Jurkovec (7 yards) and Hartman (2 yards) traded red-zone scoring runs to make it 36-15.

Hartman found Banks for a 16-yard score with 7:36 left in the fourth, capping a 13-play drive.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) celebrates a touchdown with teammates during the second quarter against the South Florida Bulls at Cardinal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

After impressive bounce-back win, Louisville faces Boston College

Two teams coming off opposite performances will meet on Saturday as Boston College hosts Louisville in an Atlantic Coast Conference clash at Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Louisville (2-2, 0-2) bounced back from a loss to now-No. 23 Florida State and dominated USF 41-3 on Saturday, never turning back after the Cardinals’ Malik Cunningham accounted for the first of his four touchdowns (three rushing) on the team’s second series.

The dynamic quarterback led the way in what coach Scott Satterfield described as Louisville’s most complete win this season.

“The thing that we did last week was play off each other … where the offense was feeding off the defense and vice versa,” Satterfield said.

Cunningham, who threw for 186 yards and rushed for 113 against the Bulls, became only the eighth quarterback in NCAA history to eclipse 8,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards in a career.

“When he is dialed in, (our offense is) working, and he is as good as anyone in the country with the pressure that he can put on defenses,” Satterfield said.

Boston College (1-3, 0-2) will look to start much faster. The Eagles have been outscored by a 48-3 combined margin in the first half of two ACC games, at Virginia Tech and Florida State.

“Right now, we’re not good when we go down,” BC coach Jeff Hafley said. “I think it affects us, and we need to fix that.”

The trend continued as BC faced a 37-0 halftime deficit in last week’s 44-14 loss to the Seminoles before Phil Jurkovec and Emmett Morehead managed second-half touchdown passes to freshmen Alex Broome and Joe Griffin, respectively.

BC, which is 6-8 all-time against Louisville, has consecutive home wins in a series that resumed annually in 2014.

The Cardinals won 28-14 in last October’s meeting. Cunningham rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns while throwing for 107 yards.

“You have to play with relentless effort against him,” Hafley said. “You have to play with your hair on fire like you never have before. … I think he’s one of the most dynamic players in all of college football.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons head coach Dave Clawson reacts in the third quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

No. 18 Wake Forest beats Boston College, earns ACC title game berth

Sam Hartman passed for 236 yards and totaled four touchdowns as No. 18 Wake Forest routed Boston College 41-10 on Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Mass. to clinch a berth in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

Hartman finished 20 of 32 with three passing TDs while rushing for 51 yards and another score on 11 carries. A.T. Perry made four catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns for the Demon Deacons.

Wake Forest (10-2, 7-1 ACC) won 10 games in the regular season for the second time in program history.

The Demon Deacons will face Pittsburgh (9-2, 6-1) in their first ACC title game appearance since 2006, the second year of the game’s existence. Then-No. 16 Wake Forest defeated Georgia Tech 9-6 to win its first conference championship in 36 years.

Wake Forest would fall to Louisville 24-13 in the 2007 Orange Bowl and had not returned to an ACC title game or won more than nine games since.

Phil Jurkovec was 3-of-11 passing for 19 yards and ran for a team-high 66 yards on 11 carries for Boston College (6-6, 2-6), which dropped back-to-back games and has lost six of its last eight. Pat Garwo III rushed for 65 yards on 11 carries to eclipse 1,000 yards on the season.

The Eagles are bowl eligible for a second straight season under second-year coach Jeff Hafley.

Wake Forest jumped out to a 14-0 lead as Hartman’s 7-yard scoring rush preceded his 33-yard TD toss to Perry late in the first quarter. Jurkovec’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Trae Barry with 41 seconds left in the period pulled the Eagles within 14-7.

Barry was later ruled out early with an ankle injury early in the third quarter.

After each time kicked a field goal, Hartman found Perry for his second TD grab of the day with 10 seconds left before halftime to make it 24-10.

Christian Turner rushed for a 3-yard touchdown late in the third and Hartman tacked on a 2-yard scoring pass to Blake Whiteheart early in the fourth as the Demon Deacons flexed their offensive muscles.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Phil Jurkovec (5) runs the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Jurkovec rallies Boston College past Georgia Tech

Phil Jurkovec passed for 310 yards and two touchdowns, while adding three rushing TDs, as Boston College rallied past host Georgia Tech 41-30 in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest on Saturday at Atlanta.

Jurkovec completed 13-of-20 passes, while rushing for 71 yards on eight carries one week after making a surprise return from a hand injury to help the Eagles snap a four-game skid with a 17-3 home win against Virginia Tech.

Pat Garwo III rushed for 104 yards as Boston College (6-4, 2-4 ACC) became bowl-eligible for a second straight season under second-year coach Jeff Hafley.

Backup Jordan Yates got the start at quarterback for the Yellow Jackets and was 17-of-28 passing for 126 yards, a TD and an interception. Yates started in place of regular starter Jeff Simms, who was banged up during the team’s 33-30 loss at Miami last week.

Georgia Tech (3-7, 2-6) will fall short of bowl eligibility for the second straight season under head coach Geoff Collins.

BC led 28-21 at halftime after overcoming a 14-point deficit early in the second quarter.

Jurkovec’s 48-yard bomb to Flowers on the sixth play from scrimmage put the Eagles up 7-0 two minutes into the game. Fourteen seconds later, the Yellow Jackets tied the game after Jahmyr Gibbs returned the kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

Yates had a hand in hanging the next 14 points on the board for Georgia Tech. Yates hit Malachi Carter on a 12-yard TD pass with 8:07 left in the opening quarter before later running for a 2-yard score to make it 21-7 just over a minute into the second quarter.

Jurkovec and the Eagles regrouped to score 21 unanswered points to end the half.

After swapping field goals in the third and fourth quarters, the Yellow Jackets were on the verge of tying it after Gibbs’ 4-yard TD run with 8:59 left. However, Brent Cimaglia missed the extra point to keep Tech’s deficit at 31-30.

Jurkovec put the game away with his 31-yard TD run with 2:48 remaining. An Eagles’ field goal in the final minute capped the scoring.

–Field Level Media