CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Boston College dropped the hammer on Georgia Tech Saturday night, posting a 48-27 win at Alumni Stadium. The Eagles improve to 4-2 on the season and 3-2 in ACC play.
Phil Jurkovec finished 13-of-21 for 145 yards and two touchdowns. The redshirt sophomore also gained a career-best 94 yards on the ground. He is the first BC signal-caller to rush for at least 90 yards since Patrick Towles (104) – vs. Syracuse on Oct. 22, 2016.
David Bailey gained 83 yards on 13 carries, finding the end zone twice. Travis Levy added 54 yards on 19 rushes. Six different receivers hauled in a pass on the night, led by CJ Lewis’ four catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Hunter Long grabbed three passes for 39 yards.
BC led 14-0 after the first quarter, as Jurkovec and Lewis connected twice for touchdowns. On the first scoring strike, Lewis hauled in a seven-yard toss, capping a 10-play, 71-yard drive. On the next drive, the Eagles’ Marcus Valdez recovered a strip-sack fumble of GT QB Jeff Sims deep in Yellow Jackets’ territory, setting up Lewis’ five-yard grab four plays later.
In the second quarter, Aaron Boumerhi extended the lead to 17-0, connecting on his longest FG of the season – 41 yards – with 13:04 left. The Eagles engineered a defensive touchdown on the next drive, as Mike Palmer scooped up a fumble and returned it 33 yards to the house. Luc Bequette forced the fumble, stripping Georgia Tech running back Jordan Mason.
On their next drive, the Yellow Jackets got onto the scoreboard for the first time, tallying a touchdown to make it 24-7. But BC’s Zay Flowers scored on an electrifying 22-yard running play, extending the Eagles’ lead to 31-7. Another GT touchdown and an Aaron Boumerhi 27-yard field goal closed out the first-half scoring, as Boston College led 34-14 at the break.
The Eagles scored on their first drive of the second half, as David Bailey ripped his longest run of the season – 34 yards – to find the end zone and push the lead to 41-14. GT would respond on its next opportunity, taking over seven minutes and using 15 plays to go 75 yards, making it 41-21.
BC’s special teams and defensive corps made major contributions on the next scoring drive. Grant Carlson pinned the Yellow Jackets, as his punt was downed on the GT three-yard line. On the first play of the drive, DB Jahmin Muse intercepted GT’s Sims’ on the 12-yard line, setting up a short drive, capped by another Bailey rushing score. Bailey’s third career multi-touchdown game extended the lead to 48-21.
Georgia Tech scored another TD to make it 48-27 and recovered the ensuing onside kick, but BC forced a turnover on downs in the red zone with 7:24 to play.
Jason Maitre led BC with eight tackles (four solo) and one for a loss. Isaiah McDuffie logged seven tackles (four solo) and a tackle for a loss. Maximillian Roberts logged a sack and Elijah Jones broke up two passes.
The Eagles racked up 409 total yards and 23 first downs. They were 3-for-9 on 3rd downs and 5-of-5 inside the red zone. BC held a 7:20 advantage in time of possession (33:25 to 26:05).
Boston College heads to top-ranked Clemson next Saturday – October 31. Kickoff against the Tigers is set for noon and the game will air live on ABC.