It was billed as a rivalry renewed. Holy Cross and Boston College meeting on the gridiron for the first time since November 22, 1986. On that day, the Eagles defeated the Crusaders by a 56-25 score. On Saturday afternoon, it could be said that not much has changed from that meeting. Boston College rolled up over 600 yards of total offense and running back A.J. Dillon ran for three scores and 151 yards in just eight minutes of game action. BC goes to 2-0 with a 62-14 victory over HC.
Eagles rack up 610 yards of offense and run past Holy Cross to 2-0.
— BC Football (@BCFootball) September 8, 2018
Holy Cross Head Coach, Bob Chesney, is trying to build the Crusaders program from the ground up in his first year at the helm. It is a process that will take some time. Scheduling games like this one against BC might not make a lot of sense to the average college football fan, but is necessary if you are looking to bring players in that will help build the program to where you want it to be.
For Boston College, Saturday afternoon was an opportunity to give young players plenty of game action to grow. Head Coach, Steve Addazio said as much after the game. He called the it “a great team win”. He also pointed out that ” young players got a chance to play”. Which could be important down the road, especially when conference time arrives.
As for the game, the Eagles put this one away in the first quarter. Three touchdowns in the first eight minutes of play. All three TD’s were scored by Dillon.
Boston College received the opening kickoff and quickly moved downfield. A four-play drive, three rushing, one passing, got them into the end zone in one minute and fourteen seconds. Dillon took care of the run game when his first carry of the afternoon went for 54 yards. After a two-yard loss on his second touch of the game, he redeemed himself by taking a handoff and going seven yards into the end zone.
After a Holy Cross punt, it was Dillon again. This time from 74 yards breaking three tackles and hurtling a fourth on his way to the house.
Dillon made it three for three on the next possession running it in from seven yards out. His day would end with six carries for 151 yards and three touchdowns. For his brief but impressive effort, Dillon was named the Edward J. O’Melia Trophy winner as the game MVP.
For his part, Eagles quarterback, Anthony Brown did his playing only three series himself. He directed all three for touchdowns and threw only two passes, both completions to do it. With a short week ahead, Boston College heads to Wake Forest for a Thursday night game. The game plan was to get the starters in and out of the game as fast as possible. Mission accomplished.
The Eagles defense did their part pitching a shutout and holding the Crusaders offense to 57 total yards in the first half, and 194 for the game. As was the case with the offense, plenty of reps were to be had by younger players.
If there was a problem area for the Eagles on Saturday, it was on special teams. A missed extra point on an 81-yard pick-six interception return by Hamp Cheevers (second turnover in as many games) and two punts blocked by the Crusaders special teams that were returned for scores. Coach Addazio said that problem would be fixed this week.
After the game, both Dillon and Brown said they were ready for the step-up in competition. On Thursday night, we will find out if they are ready.