A.J. Dillon rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns and David Bailey added 172 yards and two scores as Boston College coasted to a 58-27 victory over host Syracuse in an ACC game on Saturday.
Dennis Grosel threw for a season-high 195 yards and tied a campaign best with three touchdown passes in his third start since replacing injured starter Anthony Brown for the Eagles (5-4, 3-3 ACC Coastal), who ran up a school-record 691 yards total offense. Their 496 rushing yards were the second-best total in school history.
Dillon recorded his fourth career 200-yard performance and second in three games. He also set a school career record with his 35th rushing touchdown on a 51-yard run with six minutes left in the first half, the first of his three scores.
Dillon entered the game ranked fourth in the FBS with a 130.4 average per game.
Tommy DeVito passed for 289 yards and three touchdowns and Trishton Jackson had eight receptions for 148 yards and two scores for Syracuse (3-6, 0-5 ACC Coastal), which has lost four in a row.
DeVito, who also ran for 61 yards, extended his streak of passes without an interception to 131. He had the fourth-longest streak in the FBS entering Saturday.
Boston College had four scoring plays of at least 50 yards, all in the second quarter - Bailey’s 74-yard run, Dillon’s 51-yard run and Grosel’s 64- and 50-yard passes to Kobay White and Zay Flowers, respectively.
Syracuse scored 10 points after two Boston College turnovers late in the first quarter for a 17-10 lead on DeVito’s 26-yard pass to Jackson before the Eagles scored touchdowns on all five of their second-quarter possessions for a 44-20 halftime lead.
Dillon scored on 5-yard run on the first possession of the second half to make it 51-20, and his 2-yard run in the first minute of the fourth quarter gave the Eagles a 58-27 lead.
—Field Level Media