After a tumultuous regular season was capped off with a 26-19 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday, Boston College Athletic Director Martin Jarmond made it clear to the fans that he had heard their pleas, firing embattled head coach Steve Addazio.
The timing of this move was somewhat unexpected, however, with Addazio’s beloved rushing attack looking as potent as ever. The Eagles racked up 264 yards on the ground on 60 carries, with quarterback Dennis Grosel attempting just 19 passes.
AJ Dillon, in particular, trampled the Panthers front seven, gaining 178 yards on 32 carries, including a 61-yard score in the third quarter which would put the Eagles ahead for good. Grosel was also effective on the ground, extending plays with his legs and picking up 51 yards on 10 rushing attempts.
The Panthers entered the day as heavy favorites but had trouble capitalizing on quarterback Kenny Pickett’s efficient game. Although Pickett completed 30 of 40 passes for 323 yards, the Panthers settled for four field goals and were ultimately unable to generate points through the passing game.
The Eagles extended their lead to 10 in the fourth quarter, which proved to be an insurmountable deficit. The Panthers managed just three points in the final frame, falling to 7-5 on the season while the Eagles improved to 6-6 and clinched a bowl berth.
Boston College made Addazio’s firing official on Sunday, marking the end of his seven-year tenure. The now-former head coach finished his time at BC with a 44-44 record and is rumored to garner interest from Rutgers in the coming weeks.
The Eagles, meanwhile, are awaiting their postseason fate, with their bowl game expected to be announced within the coming week. Wide receivers coach and former player Rich Gunnell will lead the team in the bowl game.
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