Boston College football upset the University of Virginia Cavaliers, 41-10, Saturday in Charlottesville. The Eagles built a strong lead early in the game behind strong passing by Anthony Brown–who threw for a career-high 275 yards–and a standout performance by true freshman AJ Dillon.
Saturday's victory was the second major road win against a conference rival for the Eagles after their October 14 upset of Louisville, and the first time BC has recorded back-to-back ACC wins since 2014 (against Wake Forest and then Virginia Tech).
The Eagles (4-4, 2-3 ACC) scored on each of their first four possessions to kick off the game: first, a Colton Lichtenberg field goal followed by three consecutive touchdowns. 76 was apparently BC's magic number. The Eags' first touchdown came when senior wide receiver Thadd Smith ran for 76 yards in the first, tacking seven points on to the existing lead thanks to Lichtenberg's early field goal to go up, 10-0, with 4:16 remaining in the quarter.
Just three minutes later, Kobay White carried the ball untouched another 76 yards, all the way into the end zone. And just like that, Steve Addazio found his team up 17-0 at the end of the first quarter on foreign turf against a UVA squad with the third-best record in the ACC.
The Cavaliers (5-2, 2-1 ACC) attempted to mount a comeback with a touchdown late in the second but failed to make anything of it, ending the game with just 10 points–the fewest they've scored in a game all season.
For the Eagles, their points in the second and third quarters came from another Lichtenberg field goal and two TDs from the dynamic duo of Brown and junior tight end Tommy Sweeney, lifting BC above the Cavaliers, 34-7, heading into the final frame. Despite a shoulder injury sustained last week against Louisville, Brown finished the game having thrown for a career-high three touchdowns, going 19-of-24.
Drama finally struck in the fourth quarter, when BC defensive back Hamp Cheevers intercepted a throw by Virginia's backup quarterback, Lindell Stone, to set the Eagles up for a 40-yard return by John Lamont, which cemented the final score at 41-10. BC has now scored 40+ points in back-to-back games (45-42 vs Louisville) for the first time in school history.
Next up, the Florida State Seminoles travel to Chestnut Hill for the Welles Crowther Red Bandana Game on Friday, October 27. The Eagles will look to avenge last season's 45-7 blowout under the lights in the second home night game of the year.
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