BC football pummeled the Orange, 42-14, in its last game of the regular season. AJ Dillon ran for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to victory at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
The Eagles finish the regular season at 7-5 (4-4 ACC), and have won five of their last six games.
“They played hard, they played tough, and they played together today,” said Head Coach Steve Addazio. “There’s a great chemistry here, and there’s such a bright future. It’s fun to be around, it’s exciting, and it’s going to make for a great bowl season.”
BC is the only team in the nation with a freshman leading in rushing, passing, and receiving.
The expected return of its young freshmen leaders—Dillon, Anthony Brown, and Kobay White—make BC’s impressive end of the season run that much more promising for next fall.
“We’ve got a lot of talent that has experience and that’s played and been forced into roles early and it’s going to mean huge dividends for us. It really built the toughness, leather, and resiliency of this football program,” said Addazio.
Dillon initially put the Eagles on the board at 7:25 in the first quarter when he ran through the middle of the pack for 22 yards, to go up 7-0.
Cuse responded with a score on its next drive to tie things up, 7-7, but Dillon scored again on BC’s return drive to put the Eagles ahead, 14-7—a lead they would retain for the remainder of the game.
In the second, the Eagles scored two touchdowns in under 30 seconds to pull away from the Orange for good. Darius Wade, who threw for 248 yards and one touchdown, found Jeff Smith on the left sideline; Smith ran 64 yards into the end zone to make it 21-7 with 7:32 remaining in the half.
On the following drive, BC’s Will Harris recovered a fumble by Cuse’s quarterback, Rex Culpepper, and returned it for a 30-yard score. Harris extended BC’s lead to 28-7 with seven minutes left in the half.
Syracuse went on to score one more touchdown before halftime, coming within two scores at 28-14, but BC recorded two more touchdowns in the second half to edge the Orange, 42-14.
While the Eagles' regular season is over, they’re going bowling for the fourth time in five years.
“We’re not all of a sudden in year five, we capture some wins and we’re losing everybody. We’re actually on the bottom building up, and that’s pretty rewarding and pretty exciting,” said Addazio on moving forward.