True freshman Zay Flowers proved his true value to the Boston College football team on Saturday afternoon when he put the Eagles on the board with a 46-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the game. This would only be the beginning of BC’s demolition of Richmond as the Eagles went on to defeat the Spiders 45-13, giving the team their second consecutive 2-0 start and the fourth under Addazio.
“Yeah, he’s—you know, you can’t deny that he’s an electric player,” said Head Coach Steve Addazio of Flowers. “I think we’ll continue to find ways to target him. We’ve got other guys we’re trying to target too, but sure, he’ll expand with what we want to do. It would be crazy not to.”
The Eagles reached the end zone three times in the first quarter, giving them a commanding start to the game. After a 36-yard run from David Bailey, Korab Idrizi caught a pass from Anthony Brown to put BC up 14-0 with 5:25 left in the first quarter. At the close of the quarter, graduate student Nolan Borgersen snagged his first career interception in maroon and gold, putting the Eagles in position for their third score of the quarter. A strong seven-play, 71-yard drive finished off by an AJ Dillon two-yard run put BC up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
After the Spiders opened the second quarter with a touchdown, BC answered right back on their next possession. Two rushing plays from David Bailey set the Eagles up for a 42-yard passing play from Brown to Dillon to give BC a 28-7 lead with 11:15 left in the second quarter.
“A.J. has really been working this off-season on his catching ability and showing that side of his game,” said Anthony Brown of Dillon. “So that’s really big for us right now... He’s actually asking for passing plays now. It’s excellent to see his confidence, and I’m happy for him right now.”
Richmond responded with a field goal to tack on another three points for the Spiders, but Anthony Brown wouldn’t let that stay for long. Brown connected with Jake Burt on a 55-yard pass to put the Eagles up 35-10 heading into the half. The pass would be Brown’s longest passing play of the season, as well as Burt’s second career touchdown reception.
Halfway through the third quarter, a 12-play, 65-yard drive gave BC another scoring opportunity, with Dillon driving it home for his third touchdown of the afternoon, giving the Eagles a dominant 42-10 lead. The lead landed Dillon the fourth place spot on BC’s career rushing touchdown list.
At the end of the third quarter, BC put in redshirt sophomore Dennis Grosel for his season debut. Aaron Boumerhi notched a 30-yard field goal after a 29-yard run by Flowers to put the Eagles up 45-10 at the end of the third quarter. A late fourth quarter field goal from Richmond would be the final score of the game, giving the Eagles their second win of the season 45-13.
The assertive performance from the offense displayed the Eagles’ potential to be a force to be reckoned with this season. In their first two games of the season, BC has come out strong, scoring 63 points and tallying 730 yards of offense in the first half alone. Given that the Eagles are 11-0 under Addazio when registering 500+ yards of total offense, continuing their offensive dominance will be a key factor as the Eagles continue their season.
“We came out fast on offense,” said Addazio. “We scored a bunch of points and had a bunch of offense in the first two weeks, which is a good thing.”
The Eagles will look to go 3-0 as they take on Kansas on Friday night at Alumni Stadium at 7:30 p.m.