Anthony Brown’s career day has BC football off and running
By Aidan Griesser
The Boston College hype train has officially left the tracks. In a blowout season-opener, the Eagles defeated the UMass Minutemen by a final of 55-21; a score that actually makes the game appear even closer than it was.
Led by head coach Steve Addazio, who enters his sixth season at BC, the Eagles routed the Minutemen from the start, as an early AJ Dillon receiving score put them up after just five minutes.
While Dillon will be the unquestioned focal point of BC’s offense throughout the season, QB Anthony Brown was today’s star. Brown set numerous career highs, totalling 279 yards and 4 TDs on 15/21 passing, including two beautiful throws to sophomore wideout Kobay White.
Following a 3-yard run by UMass’ Marquis Young, Brown hit White on two straight passes totalling 59 yards and his first score. At that point, the Eagles were off and running. The team scored on two straight drives, moving down the field with ease and capping both possessions with goal line runs from Davon Jones.
At the end of the half, BC had another scoring burst. Anthony Brown first found a wide-open Ray Marten for the deep score. Then he backed it up with his second touchdown to Kobay White – a perfectly-placed fade route that White hauled in just before hitting the turf. But those two scores were quickly forgotten, as safety Lukas Denis made the play of the day just as the superfans thought it was time to leave for halftime. Denis reeled in a tipped ball along the sideline and weaved his way across the field for the score, completely deflating the Minutemen.
After the half, Addazio replaced all of the starters with backups, and the game slowed down significantly. The third quarter went scoreless, with both offenses struggling to generate production; both defenses stymied their opposition.
Two minutes into the fourth quarter, though, freshman running back David Bailey rushed the ball 8 yards for BC’s eighth and final touchdown of the game, putting them up 55-7. To close out the match, UMass scored two touchdowns to bring the game to 55-21.
The 2018 home opener was an incredibly exciting start for Boston College. They exhibited balance on offense, a staunch defense, and discipline; they will likely perform similarly next week against Holy Cross. What’s important to remember, though, is that the thick of BC’s schedule will be in ACC play, with an extremely difficult stretch of games (NC State, Louisville, Miami, Clemson, VA Tech, Florida State) that will make or break the season. Still, the Eagles did what they had to, logging an impressive first win against UMass.