When the dust settled in Alumni Stadium on Friday night, Andre Williams and the Boston College Eagles were sitting pretty with the de facto lead in the ACC.
Williams rushed for a dominating 204 yards on 35 carries in leading the BC offense to a 24-10 victory over Wake Forest. The senior running back easily set his career high with the performance, and his 5.8 yards per carry on the night stood out along with the durability required to tote the ball 35 times in a major college football game.
In addition to Williams’ excellence, senior QB Chase Ruttig completed 2 touchdown passes, and the BC defense held the Demon Deacons to under 250 yards of total offense. Ruttig was fairly pedestrian (to be kind), finishing just 7 of 14 passing on the night, but he averaged nearly 18 yards per completion, and it was enough to keep the defense off of the back of Williams.
Technically, Boston College is now tied with Florida State for the ACC lead, but in the grand scheme, this was a great season-opening win for the Eagles. It remains to be seen whether Williams can maintain this type of workload going forward, but the 6-foot, 227-pound senior certainly flashed tremendous upside on this night.