CHESTNUT HILL: The Boston College Eagles offense exploded early and often Saturday, as the Eagles sored 41 points in the first quarter. The Howard Bison had very little working for them on offense or defense as they were held to just 11 yards of total offense and allowed 76 points on the day.
Though Boston College's starters rarely saw the field during the second half, junior running back Tyler Rouse found the end zone three times in the first quarter.
“A lot of young guys got a chance to play which was great," head coach Steve Addazio said. "No one got hurt which was great.”
Addazio was asked how the transition from playing Howard to playing the 11th-ranked team in the country, Florida State, next next week, but he believes his team will be prepared.
“I’m worried about the speed of the game, but we know whats coming in here on Friday," the third-year head coach said. "There will be no misunderstanding. Now we just have to rise up and play at that level.”
Addazio also added that his players are “more excited about whats coming on Friday than celebrating today.”
The Eagles tallied 483 yards of total offense on the day as backup quarterback Troy Flutie, son of Boston College legend Doug Flutie, saw his first collegiate action, completing seven of eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. went 7-8 with 88 yards and 1 touchdown pass.
As for Howard, they will look to bounce back from a difficult loss when they play Hampton next week. In two games this season, the Bison have been outscored 125-0.
Howard's head coach, Gary Harrell, said in the postgame press conference that his team is becoming far too familar with lopsided affairs.
“We play these games every year," Harrel said. "Last year we played Rutgers. We have played in these type of environments at-least once a year. Like I said, it helps us prepare. Next week is a big opponent. Its our rival school, Hampton. Its going to be on ESPNU so we have to come out and make sure we are ready.”
Howard's offense moved the chains only twice during the game, rushing for only seven yards and adding only four through the air.
At halftime, with the Eagles up 62 points, both coaches agreed to shorten the third and fourth quarters to 10 minutes each.
The Eagles, who only played the Bison because New Mexico State decided not to play the Eagles earlier this year, were two points shy of the college's record for most points in a collegiate game. They will hope to carry the electric offense they showed Saturday into next week and get upset the defending ACC champions in Florida state.