The Boston College Eagles kicked off their 2014 season the right way, defeating UMass 30-7 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
Senior quarterback Tyler Murphy led the way with 291 total yards of offense and two touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground, to help the Eagles set the tone for the upcoming season.
The Eagles scored the game’s first 20 points, not allowing a UMass score until the end of the third quarter. Boston College was able to run the football with ease as Murphy led the club with 118 rushing yards, while running back Tyler Rouse had 87 yards of his own. Time of possession also tilted in favor of the Eagles, who held the ball for 42 minutes and 11 seconds.
The highlight of the game was the 43-yard touchdown pass from Murphy to Josh Bordner that put the game away in the second half. Bordner finished the game with four receptions for 81 yards.
The game was billed at the “Battle of the Bay State,” and was a home game for the Minute Men as they will be playing half of their home games at Gillette.
Boston College starts conference play with their game next Friday night when they host Pittsburgh at Alumni Stadium. A win next week will be key in the Eagles run to surprise the Atlantic Coast Conference this coming season.