Rushing Attack Powers Boston College in win over NC State

10/19/2019 By Tristan Deschenes

Photo Courtesy of WEBN Sports

North Carolina State came into their Saturday matchup with Boston College with the number one ranked rushing defense in the ACC. With Boston College being forced to start backup quarterback Dennis Grosel after starter Anthony Brown was ruled out for the season, one would’ve thought that NC State would be prepared for a heavy dose of AJ Dillon and David Bailey. Lets just say they were far from prepared.

Boston College walloped NC State by a score of 45-24 behind 429 total rushing yards from the Eagles. The Eagles were led by their two-headed attack at running back. AJ Dillon and David Bailey combined for 404 yards rushing yards and 5 touchdowns.  Dillon finished the day with 34 carries for 223 yards and three touchdowns, while Bailey also had a monster day rushing for 181 yards on 16 carries to go along with two touchdowns. 

The game started slow for both teams offensively with no one getting on the board until late in the first quarter. After an Eagles punt that pinned the Wolfpack on their own one yard-line, NC State quarterback Bailey Hockman was picked off by BC cornerback Jason Maitre at the eight yard-line. Maitre would take the interception to the endzone to put Boston College up 7-0 with 5:36 left in the first quarter.

At the start of the second quarter, NC State made a quarterback change and brought in backup Devin Leary. On Leary’s first drive of the game, he was able to get his team into position for a field goal from Chris Dunn that made the score 7-3.

After Boston College responded with a field goal of their own and produced a stop on defense the Eagles started to pull away.

With 6:03 left in the half David Bailey took a handoff from Grosel and broke multiple tackles on his way to a career long 54 yard touchdown run. The score put the Eagles up 17-3. 

After a quick three and out from the Wolfpack, Bailey would strike again for BC. Bailey took the handoff to the outside and made a quick cut behind his offensive line and had free running room the rest of the way. The touchdown rush went for 48 yards and put the Eagles up 24-3 with 2:51 to go in the half.

Boston College would put the nail in the coffin early in the third quarter with a 16 play 98-yard drive that ended with an AJ Dillon touchdown. After being pinned deep in their own territory, Eagles quarterback Dennis Grosel scrambled for a first down on third and ten to keep the drive alive. The Eagles would lean on AJ Dillon for the rest of the drive, giving him the ball eight times including his two-yard touchdown rush to put the Eagles up 31-3 with 6:02 left in the third quarter. Dillon would score two more times in the second half.

NC State was led by their backup QB Devin Leary who finished the day with 259 passing yards and three touchdowns. Devin Carter and Thayer Thomas contributed as well for the Wolfpack. Carter finished with six catches for 140 yards. Thomas was efficient, catching five passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon.

The Eagles improve to 4-3 and will travel to Death Valley face Clemson next Saturday night. NC State falls to 4-3 and go on their bye week. Their next game will be against Wake Forest on November 2.