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Boston College 27, Virginia 24: Eagles storm back from early deficit for first ACC win

Updated: Oct 6

Boston College bounced back from a slow start and picked up their first ACC win against the now 0-5 University of Virginia Saturday afternoon, as they move to 2-3 on the year.

UVA opened up the scoring on the very first drive, later capitalizing on a Thomas Castellanos interception early in the second quarter to make it a 14-0 lead. Though the Eagles would finally find their way into the end zone finally with just a 45-second drive, as Pat Garwo trotted into the end zone with a two-yard drive.

Only, Virginia took a 21-7 lead into the half thanks to a 39-yard hail mary pass from Tony Muskett to a triple-covered Malachi Fields in the end zone on the final play of the second quarter.

From there, Boston College came out of the gates of the second half firing. On their opening drive of the half Liam Connor booted one through the uprights before Castellanos hooked up with Joe Griffin in the end zone on a four-yard touchdown pass. BC then took the lead following an Elijah Jones interception, with Lewis Bond picking up a 33-yard touchdown reception to give them a 24-21 lead with five minutes to go in the third quarter. That was four straight scoring drives for the Eagles.

The Wahoos had their chances -- BC fumbled twice on the next two drives and UVA picked up a field goal halfway through the fourth to tie it at 24-24. However, BC capped off an 11-play drive with a field goal of their own, as Connor's three-point score with two minutes to go gave BC a 27-24 lead. The Cavaliers from there couldn't convert on fourth down, and BC was able to secure the victory.

Castellanos went 16-for-26 through the air for 183 yards and a pair of touchdowns along with two interceptions while also tallying 78 yards on the ground on 16 rushes. Garwo authored 87 yards on 23 carries, and Bond made seven catches for 104 yards.

BC will play their penultimate game of the non-conference schedule this week on the road against Army.


~ Kye Robichaux was unavailable. He wore a boot on the sidelines.

~ Ryan O'Keefe exited the game on a stretcher. We'll have an update on him later.

Quinn Riley, Head of Content to Eagles Daily. He may be reached at & @QuinnRileyBB

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