In his first carries since the September 28th game against Holy Cross, freshman Jawhar Jordan got the Orange offense moving forward with a couple bursts of speed. Two forced fumbles by Andre Cisco and Trill Williams on consecutive drives by Boston College then gave the Orange great field position. The offense, led by DeVito, capitalized on the turnovers with a field goal and touchdown. The touchdown was DeVito’s second of the day, this time on a 26-yard strike to receiver Trishton Jackson that gave Syracuse a 17-10 lead.
The second quarter was a story of missed tackles and lapses for Syracuse as they were outscored 34-3. The Eagles offense seemed virtually unstoppable as they strung together 12 plays for 275 yards on four drives back to back. That yardage is the result of four plays that went over 50 yards as the Eagles stormed back into the lead. The plays were broken up by a 30-yard field goal from Syracuse kicker Andre Szmyt, but the 20-17 lead didn’t last long for the Orange.
Boston College ran away with the rest of the half, scoring 27 unanswered points to head into the locker rooms with a 44-20 lead. Running backs AJ Dillon and David Bailey compiled 146 and 133 yards, respectively, and the Eagles offense rushed for 336 yards as a unit in the first half. It seemed as though the Syracuse defense couldn’t make a tackle throughout the quarter, and the boos rang out from the crowd as they exited the field for halftime.
The Syracuse defense had no answer to stop the ground game from Boston College. Orange coach Dino Babers said that his defense was getting worn out by the constant rushing attack.
“[The defense] got tired of hitting Dillon, and his backup,” he said in the post-game press conference.
The big runs and missed tackles kept piling up as the second half opened up. AJ Dillon capped off a 74-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 31 points for the Eagles. After failing to convert on fourth down on consecutive drives, Syracuse was finally able to muster some offense as Tommy DeVito again connected with Trishton Jackson, this time for an 85-yard touchdown.
But that would be the last score for the Orange as DeVito and the rest of the offense weren’t able to make up for the defensive lapses. AJ Dillon then pushed into the endzone for his third score of the affair early in the fourth quarter, all but ending any comeback hopes for Syracuse.