SYRACUSE, NY - Boston College freshman running back Andre Williams rushed for 185 yards and a touchdown on 42 carries as the Eagles defeated Syracuse 16-7 in their regular season finale on Saturday at the Carrier Dome.
Nate Freese hit two field goals in the first half to give Boston College a 6-0 lead entering halftime. Antwon Bailey scored on a five-yard run to cap off a 12-play, 80 yard drive to open the third quarter and give Syracuse a 7-6 lead with 9:32 left in the quarter.
The Eagles answered with a 10-play, 78-yard drive that was capped off by Williams' one-yard touchdown run one third and one to give Boston College a 13-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Freese hit another field goal, this time from 22-yards out, to pad the Eagles' lead to 16-7 with 6:48 remaining in the game.
Syracuse had a shot to make things interesting with less than two minutes to play, but senior linebacker Mark Herzlich intercepted a pass to seal the Eagles' victory.
Chase Rettig completed 11-of-19 passes for 110 yards and an interception for Boston College. Chris Pantale had three receptions for 66 yards to lead the Eagles' receivers.
Ryan Nassib finished the day 15-for-24 with 146 yards for Syracuse. Bailey had 71 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and Marcus Sales caught five passes for 73 yards for the Orange.
Boston College and Syracuse both finished the regular season with overall records of 7-5. Both teams are bowl eligible.