Kansas Pulls Off Shocking, Dominant Win Against Boston College

09/14/19 By Ryan Ribeiro

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“I was proud of them. It didn’t take a lot of convincing. I didn’t work magic. This was a great group of guys that wanted to be special, and now they’ve beaten a team that’s been five of the last six years in a bowl game, which is just what we aspire to be. And they are saying and singing a chant with their fans that came all the way from Kansas to see us play. It’s a great deal.” 

Kansas Head Coach Les Miles following the Jayhawks 48-24 stomping of Boston College. The win marks the programs first road win against a power five team since 2008. While it was elation for Kansas, it was a disappointment for BC. BC head coach Steve Addazio said “we simply weren’t well prepared.” 

Most of the game’s action took place in the first half, with both teams eclipsing 300 yards of total offense. An AJ Dillon 2-yard touchdown run and Carter Stanley interception that resulted in a field goal got the Eagles off to a hot 10-0 start. A few stops by the Kansas defense and a Carter Stanley touchdown pass to Jack Luasava quickly made it a 10-7 game.

A back and forth battle throughout the first half seemingly appeared as if it was going to end with a 24-21 Boston College lead when quarterback Anthony Brown caught a 12 yard touchdown pass from receiver C.J. Lewis. 

That was before Khalil Herbert ran 82 yards to the Boston College three yard line with under a minute to play in the half. Stanley finished off that drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Parchment to give Kansas a 28-24 lead going into the half.

Kansas began the second half strong with a 24-yard Liam Jones field goal to put them up 31-24. The Jayhawks immediately followed it up with a 12-yard touchdown run by Pooka Williams Jr.

A missed 31-yard field goal attempt by Boston College kicker Aaron Boumerhi early in the fourth quarter cemented the Eagles’ fate down 41-24 with only 11 minutes remaining in the contest. 

The real star of the day on the ground for the Kansas offense was actually not the starter Pooka Williams Jr, but rather Khalil Herbert. Herbert finished the day with 187 yards on 11carries and a touchdown.

Carter Stanley also had a strong day for the Jayhawks after his opening drive interception. Stanley threw for 238 yards with three touchdowns in Kansas’ win over Boston College.

As for the Eagles, it was a tough day for Anthony Brown in a game where Boston College needed their passing game to get them back in it. Brown went 18 for 36 for 195 yards and a touchdown.

While the passing game had a tough day, it was the Eagles’ defense that never allowed their team to get back in it giving up 567 yards of offense on the day. 

The unit was never able to generate any pressure on quarterback Carter Stanley, which made trying to stop a Kansas running game that gained 329 yards near impossible.

Star running back AJ Dillon was among the lone bright spots for the Eagles with 151 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown.

Up next for Boston College will be a trip to New Jersey to take on the 1-1 Rutgers Scarlet Knights next Saturday at 12 p.m. as they look to get back on track.