Bos­ton Col­lege beats Syra­cuse 58-27

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - AP Sports Writer

By John Kekis

SYRA­CUSE, N.H. (AP) >> AJ Dil­lon and David Bai­ley com­bined for 414 yards rush­ing and five touch­downs, Den­nis Grosel passed for 195 yards and three more scores, and Bos­ton Col­lege blew past Syra­cuse 58-27 on Satur­day, the Orange’s fourth straight loss.

Bos­ton Col­lege (5-4, 3-3 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence), which had dropped three of four, stunned the Orange with big play af­ter big play in the de­ci­sive sec­ond quar­ter, rack­ing up 294 yards and scor­ing 34 points.

Dil­lon, who scored three touch­downs, rushed for 242 yards on 35 car­ries to boost his sea­son to­tal to 1,286. He en­tered the game ranked fourth na­tion­ally in rush­ing yards and rush­ing yards per game (130.5) for a unit that was av­er­ag­ing 255.6 yards on the ground. Bai­ley

added a ca­reer-high 172 yards rush­ing on 16 car­ries.

BC set a school record with 691 yards of­fen­sively, av­er­ag­ing 9.2 yards per play. The Ea­gles’ 496 yards rush­ing were the most ever al­lowed by the Orange. The pre­vi­ous record was 457, set by West Vir­ginia in 2006. BC’s record for rush­ing yards in a game is 518 against UMass in 1973.

Grosel started the car­nage with a 64-yard touch­down pass to Kobay White on the first play of the sec­ond quar­ter to tie the game at 17-all. Us­ing the play-ac­tion pass to at­tack a de­fense braced for the Ea­gles staunch run game, Grosel hit Zay Flow­ers for a 50yard score af­ter An­dre Szmyt’s 20-yard field goal had given the Orange (3-6, 0-5) their last lead in the game.

Both White and Flow­ers were wide open be­hind a con­fused sec­ondary, and then Dil­lon ripped off a 51yard run, go­ing un­touched through the left side of the line and break­ing free. Bai­ley fol­lowed with a 74-yard run and Grosel hit Isa­iah Miranda for a 4-yard touch­down in the fi­nal minute for a 44-20 half­time lead.

BC out­gained Syra­cuse 484-196 in the open­ing half, 336 of that on the ground, to easily over­come two turnovers.

Tommy DeVito hit Aaron Hack­ett and Tr­ish­ton Jack­son with touch­down passes for the Orange in the first quar­ter, Jack­son’s 26-yard catch giv­ing the Orange a 17-10 lead in the fi­nal minute. Jack­son also had an 85yard touch­down re­cep­tion late in the third.

BC en­tered the game tied for sev­enth na­tion­ally and atop the ACC with North Carolina State with just six turnovers and com­mit­ted two in the first quar­ter as the Orange forced two fum­bles to boost their sea­son to­tal to nine fum­ble re­cov­er­ies. Orange safety An­dre Cisco got the first and de­fen­sive back Trill Wil­liams the sec­ond, and the of­fense pro­duced 10 points off the BC mis­cues. THE TAKE­AWAY Bos­ton Col­lege: The Ea­gles host Florida State next week and close the sea­son with two tough road games, at Notre Dame and Pitts­burgh. With Dil­lon and Bai­ley in the back­field and Grosel op­er­at­ing ef­fi­ciently un­der cen­ter — he was 8 of 10 pass­ing — the Ea­gles need just one win to qual­ify for a bowl game.

Syra­cuse: The in­jury­plagued Orange get a much­needed bye week to try to get health­ier be­fore play­ing their last two road games of the sea­son in suc­ces­sion, at Duke and Louisville. Achiev­ing six wins to qual­ify for the post­sea­son seems a long­shot at best for the only team in the ACC with­out a con­fer­ence win.

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