If you were hoping for a Central Michigan Chippewas upset of the Boston College Eagles, then your Saturday got off to a rough start as Boston College totals 224 yards on the ground and runs past Central Michigan 28-8 in Chestnut Hill. Boston College moves to 2-3 (0-2 ACC) and Central Michigan falls to 2-3 (0-1 MAC).
AJ Dillon led the way on the ground for BC, as he carried the ball 25 times for 120 yards and a touchdown. Leading rusher Jon Hilliman also had a strong day on the ground, as he carried the ball 23 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Hilliman also caught a three yard touchdown pass from Anthony Brown, his only touchdown on the day.
Shane Morris struggled in the game, as he completed just 21 of 42 passes for 171 yards and three interceptions. Kumehnnu Gwilly led the rushing attack for the Chippewas, as he carried the ball 12 times, totaling 61 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Ward was moving all around the field, as he caught 10 passes for 49 yards, and carried the ball four times for 31 yards.
Tony Poljan saw playing time at wide receiver late in this game as well as quarterback. Poljan completed his only pass for nine yards, rushed four times for 20 yards, and caught three passes for 61 yards. The backup quarterback for CMU was recruited by teams to be a tight end and showed why.
Michael Walker had a few huge punt returns to switch the field position for the BC offense. Walker had four punt returns and totaled 128 return yards, with his longest return of 61 yards.
The Chippewa defense started the game off strong, as they stuffed a Boston College running play in their own end zone for a safety.
After Central stalled on offense, CMU punter Jack Sheldon punted to Walker and he returned the punt all the way to the CMU 6 yard line. The next play, Jon Hilliman ran it in for a touchdown to give Boston College the lead for the rest of the game.
Central Michigan was able to score a touchdown on a nice drive in the second quarter as Gwilly took off for a 33 yards run to give the Chips a spark for the drive. After CMU got the ball back, their drive stalled and was forced to punt again.
Sheldon punted to Walker again, and Walker took the punt back to the CMU 17 yard line. Three plays later, Hilliman had his second touchdown on the day and BC was up 21-6 at halftime.
The second half consisted of the Eagles running the ball right at Central Michigan. A 12 play, 89 yard touchdown drive capped off with a three yard pass from Brown to Hilliman was the end of scoring, as the game ended 28-8.
The punt return ability of Walker really turned this game in the favor of Boston College and made it easy for the Eagles to score at will.
Boston College will stay home to host the Virginia Tech Hokies next Saturday, October 7th. The game will start at 7:15 p.m. and be televised on ESPN2 from Chestnut Hill.
Central Michigan has now lost three straight, and will look to shake it off against the Ohio Bobcats next Saturday, October 7th. The game will start at 2 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN3.