PITTSBURGH, Pa.. – Boston College dropped a 24-16 road game at Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Thomas Castellanos was 13-for-25 for 171 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. He rushed 17 times for 33 yards. Kye Robichaux rushed 24 times for 118 yards. Lewis Bond led the Eagles with five catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. Dino Tomlin hauled in two passes for 36 yards,
The Eagles got on the scoreboard first, as Liam Connor connected from 42 yards for his career-long field goal. The opening drive covered 14 plays and 61 yards and nearly six minutes on the clock. Pittsburgh would respond on its next drive with a 42-yarder of its own, tying it at 3-3.
In the second quarter, the Panthers found the end zone on a four-yard quarterback keeper by Nate Yarnell. The score made it 10-3 in favor of Pitt with 9:03 left in the first half. Liam Connor would drill another 42-yard field goal for BC near the end of the half.
After forcing Pitt to punt after a three-and-out to start the second half, the Eagles engineered a nine-play, 83-yard touchdown drive to take a 13-10 lead. Castellanos connected with Bond on a 24-yard strike with less than nine minutes to play in the third. But the Panthers answered with a 61-yard touchdown pass three plays into their next possession, regaining the lead at 17-13 with 7:22 left in the quarter.
The Eagles would drive deep into Pitt territory on their next possession but Castellanos threw an interception at the Panthers’ 18-yard line with 3:14 left in the third. Pitt would miss from 52-yard on its next drive.
BC’s next drive ended in a punt, but Sam Candotti pinned Pitt deep in their own territory. The Eagles defensive stuffed the Panthers and forced a punt, giving BC good field position. BC would again turn to a field goal, as Connor connected from 33-yard, making it a one-point game – 17-16.
Pittsburgh would deliver a touchdown on its next drive – a 66-yard run – proving to be the difference-maker, making it 24-16.
John Pupel and Vinny DePalma led Boston College with seven tackles apiece. Donovan Ezeiruaku and Amari Jackson made five tackles each.
Boston College returns home on Friday, Nov. 24 when it hosts Miami at noon at Alumni Stadium. The game will air live nationally on ABC, and will stream live on WatchESPN (link).
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