Saturday November 29, 2014. That's the last time Boston College won an ACC game in either football or basketball. The losing streak was finally broken this afternoon.
Boston College squeaked past conference-rival NC State 21-14 Saturday afternoon at Raleigh, NC on the Wolfpack's homecoming weekend, outrushing the red and white 168-31 yards.
Down 13-14 with 4:43 left, Eagles running back Davon Jones threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tommy Sweeney. BC quarterback Patrick Towles, who went 18 of 33 for 204 yards on the day, dished a hand off to Jones, who found Sweeney in the red zone. Towles then connected with Sweeney for a two-point conversion to give BC the go-ahead.
Just when it looked like BC fans might've gotten their hopes up too soon—with the Wolfpack first-and-goal at the Eagles 2-yard line with 1:35 remaining—defensive back Kamrin Moore intercepted NC State quarterback Ryan Finley's pass in the endzone to give the Eagles the ball. BC then managed to control the football until the clock ran out, coming back to Chestnut Hill with its first ACC win in 24-months.
Most deserving of the glory for today's victory is the maroon and gold's defense, which held NC State to 0-for-3 on fourth-down conversions on the day. In 20 of the last 33 games, the defense has also limited opponents to less than 100-yards per game and allowed a mere 31 to the Wolfpack this afternoon.
This victory is a crucial building block for Steve Addazio's team—the underdog by an estimated 15 points—especially with Louisville visiting Alumni Stadium next week.
"I know it's only one game, but we took an important step today. I'm proud of our football program. They played with unbelievable resolve and took a step forward today in learning how to bring out the best in each other. To win this game took something out of everyone," Addazio stated in a post-game interview.
With the Eagles back on the warpath, could they pose an unexpected threat to one of the nation's best teams?