Andre Williams was here. Andre Williams was there. Andre Williams was damn near everywhere. But where Williams was mostly was the end zone. The Boston College running back rushed for 264 yards and an amazing five touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 48-27 victory over Army Saturday at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill. Williams got off to a quick start and just kept moving.
Army scored on its first possession, and it did so in perfect team protocol, a 12-play, 65-yard drive that took almost six minutes off the clock. It ended with a 38-yard field goal by Dan Grochowski. It took Boston College just one play to showcase its offense. Quarterback Chase Rettig hit Alex Amidon for a 68-yard completion, bringing the ball down to the Army 7. A penalty brought BC back five yards, but 3- and 6-yard runs by Williams got the ball to the 3, at which time Rettig hit Dave Dudeck with a touchdown pass at a 7-3 lead.
After the ensuing kickoff, quarterback Angel Santiago set a career record with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Moss on the very first play. Then, it was Williams’ turn. A rush of 12 yards brought the ball to the Army 46. Rettig found Amidon gain, this time a 12-yard completion. Then Williams struck gold for the first time, a 34-yard touchdown run that returned the lead to BC, 14-10.
Army, 2-4, responded with another time-consuming drive that left the Black Knights with their last lead of the day. This time around it took 5 minutes, 39 seconds and 15 plays to move 75 yards, as six different players rushed the ball, the last play being a 3-yard run by fullback Larry Dixon, giving the Black Knights a 17-14 lead just 20 seconds into the second quarter.
Boston College, 3-2, then began its pedal-to-the-metal offensive bursts. A 26-yard completion from Rettig to Spiffy Evans put the ball at the Army 37, but once again it was Williams, whose 48 yards of rushing on that drive ended in his 1-yard score. It gave BC a 21-17 lead with nine minutes left in the first half. The next time the Eagles had the ball Williams once again added the finishing touch, a 37-yard touchdown run.
It had been Army coach Rich Ellerson’s desire to stay out of an offensive shootout with BC, but by the middle of the second quarter it was obvious that was just the game in which the Black Knights had been trapped.
Grochowski hit his second field goal, a 40 yarder with 48 seconds left in the first half, bringing Army within eight. 28-20. But a 33-yard kickoff return left BC with the ball at its own 36. Three straight Rettig completions put his team within field-goal range, and Nate Freese hit a 49-yarder as time expired in the first half.
Despite not wanting to get into that pinball-type game, Army’s offense kept up early in the third quarter when Dixon took the handoff on the Black Knights’ first play and ran 80 yards for a touchdown. BC led 31-27. But that was the end of the Army offensive output.
A 12-play Eagle’s drive featured 10 runs by Williams, though the big play was a 39-yard Rettig completion to Amadon. Williams finally brought the ball in from the 3 for a 38-27 lead.
Boston College put the game away on back-to-back fourth-quarter scores. Freese hit his second field goal, from 29 yards, and Williams scored his final touchdown, a 42-yard run with 12:27 remaining in the game.