BOSTON (AP) — A.J. Dillon ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Boston College extended its surprising turnaround with a third straight victory, beating Florida State 35-3 on Friday night for its first win over the Seminoles since 2009.
Anthony Brown threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and Jeff Smith threw for a TD on a flanker option. Just two years removed from a winless Atlantic Coast Conference season, the Eagles (5-4, 3-3) have now won three straight ACC games for the first time since 2013.
BC students stormed the field after the victory — the first home conference win the senior class was able to see. The Eagles had won just one home ACC game since 2013, and it was during Thanksgiving break.
It was the most points the Eagles have ever scored against Florida State. The Seminoles (2-5, 2-4) fell three games below .500 for the first time since Bobby Bowden’s first season in 1976.
Brown completed 6 of 20 passes for 54 yards, including an 11-yard TD pass to Tommy Sweeney that made it 14-0 early in the second quarter. Brown also ran for a 4-yard score that made it 21-0 midway through the second.
Nyqwan Murray caught three passes for 102 yards for Florida State, which failed to score a touchdown for the first time since 2008 — 124 games ago. James Blackman completed 11 of 26 passes for 102 yards.
Florida State: With games left against Clemson and Florida, the Seminoles are in danger of missing a bowl game for the first time since the 1981 season. The four conference losses are their most since 2009.
Boston College: Two weeks ago, BC headed to Louisville in danger of going winless in the ACC for the second time in three seasons. Now the Eagles have their longest ACC winning streak since 2013, and coach Steve Addazio’s job seems safe.
BC played its fourth annual “Red Bandanna Game” in the memory of Welles Crowther, a lacrosse player who was killed in the South Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2011. Crowther, who was known for wearing a red bandanna, was remembered by survivors for helping at least a dozen people escape to safety.
The Eagles uniforms featured bandanna-style trim, and fans were given red bandannas when entering the stadium. BC beat then-No. 9 Southern California in the inaugural Red Bandanna Game,” and is now 2-2 in the special event.
Florida State had converted 16 straight red-zone opportunities coming into the game. On its first possession inside the BC 20, already down 7-0, Cam Akers fumbled on second-and-goal from the 10. The Eagles were unable to convert the turnover into points, but they did score after recovering Tavarus McFadden’s fumbled punt at his own 11.
It took the Eagles just three plays, making it 28-3 on Dillon’s 2-yard run.
Will Harris recovered both fumbles for BC.
Blackman threw one interception in the first half, and came close on a couple of others but BC defenders dropped the ball.
The pick was costly, after the Seminoles moved into BC territory before Ty Schwab picked Blackman off at the Eagles’ 37. A 39-yard run by Dillon brought BC to the Florida State 17, and four plays later Brown ran it in from the 4 to make it 21-0.
After not throwing an interception in his first 71 attempts, Blackman had seven in the next 73.
It was the first time in Jimbo Fisher’s career after that Florida State lost after a short week of practice. The Seminoles had been 4-0 — with three of the wins against the Eagles. … The Seminoles had won six straight true road games. … BC defensive lineman Harold Landry missed the game with a foot injury. … Since winning 28 straight ACC games from 2012-15, FSU is now 9-9.
Florida State: Hosts Syracuse Nov. 4.
Boston College: Off Nov. 4; hosts North Carolina State on Nov. 11.
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