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Dillon and Bailey Spearhead Record-Breaking Win Over Syracuse

Boston College football exploded for its biggest offensive output in school history on Saturday when they pounded the Syracuse Orange defense to the tune of 691 total yards and a 58-27 win.

AJ Dillon and David Bailey did most of the damage themselves, as the two combined for a staggering 414 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. With 58 points on the board, BC’s defense did not have much required of them, but they put up one of their stronger showings on the season. 

The Eagles received the opening kickoff of the game in a packed Carrier Dome and wasted no time getting started offensively. A long 71-yard drive to open the day was stopped at the goal line, and Aaron Boumerhi chipped home a short field goal to make it 3-0. Syracuse marched straight back down the field on their first drive to take a 7-3 lead on a touchdown pass from Tommy Devito.

BC quickly responded with a second scoring drive, this time managing to find the endzone when David Bailey scampered almost untouched for a 29-yard score. The defense made an impressive 3-and-out stop, yet it did not take long for them to take the field again as Hunter Long fumbled the ball back to the Orange.

With great field position at the BC 35, Syracuse did not gain much ground, but they did tie up the game at 10 on a 47-yard boot. The Orange forced another BC miscue on the next drive on another fumble, this time from Bailey, and they took advantage to take a 17-10 lead on Devito’s second touchdown throw of the day.

After one quarter, BC looked like they did in previous weeks: a porous defense and struggling passing game. Something clicked for the Eagles in the second quarter, though, and they put together a masterpiece of offensive football that fans will talk about for years to come.

Dennis Grosel had his most impressive game of the season so far, opening up the second quarter scoring with a 64-yard bomb to a wide-open Kobay White straight down the seam of the Syracuse defense. Syracuse used a 30-yard field goal to jump ahead 20-17 on the next possession, but that would be the last time the Orange would even sniff the lead.

Grosel came out firing once again to hit freshman Zay Flowers on a deep ball for an easy 50-yard score and a 24-20 lead. After a quick three-and-out, the Eagles found themselves high stepping into the end zone once again as AJ Dillon broke free for a 51-yard run and another place in the BC record books with his school-record 35th rushing touchdown.

David Bailey, the Eagles’ other backfield bruiser, didn’t let Dillon hog the spotlight, showing off his speed on a long 74-yard touchdown run of his own. The failed two-point conversion afterward was the only wrong BC could do all quarter, as they now led 37-20 in a stunned Carrier Dome.

Syracuse fans began to stream out of the stadium in droves when Max Richardson smashed a scrambling Tommy Devito and knocked the football loose into the hands of Marcus Valdez. 

Grosel would then find Isaiah Miranda in the back of the endzone for his third touchdown of the quarter. The 4-yard toss put an exclamation point on a 34 point onslaught in the second quarter by the Eagles, sending them into halftime with a more than comfortable 44-20 lead. 

AJ Dillon pounded his way through Syracuse’s defense midway through the quarter to break the 50-point threshold for the first time all season on a bulldozing 5-yard run.

Meanwhile, the Orange finally started to put some dents in the Eagle defense again. However, they came up empty-handed several times on failed 4th down conversions. Syracuse did get their final score of the game though on an 85-yard bomb to make it 51-27 at the end of the third.

AJ Dillon would score his third touchdown of the game on a 2-yard dive early in the final quarter, and the game would end that way in a 58-27 rout. 

The win put the Eagles above .500 on the season at 5-4 and sniffing their fourth straight bowl game appearance. BC’s 484 yards and 44 points in the first half were a team record in an ACC game. The Eagles will look to carry that firepower and momentum into a huge matchup on Saturday at noon when the Florida State Seminoles come to Chestnut Hill for the annual Red Bandanna Game.

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