CHESTNUT HILL - Andre Williams set the tone with a 69-yard game-opening rush to set Boston College up with a field goal and has rushed for 103 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries as Boston College enters halftime tied with the Northwestern Wildcats, 10-10, at Alumni Stadium.
Nate Freese connected on a 19-yard field goal with 12:49 left in the first to cap off a five-play, 71-yard drive for the Eagles and give them a 3-0 lead.
Northwestern answered with a field goal of its own near the midway point of the quarter, as Jeff Budzien made a 43-yard field goal with 7:01 left in the quarter, tying the game at 3-3. The field goal capped off an eight-play, 50-yard drive lasting over three minutes.
Williams scored on a six-yard run with 8:03 left in the second half to put the Eagles up, 10-3. The touchdown was the first of Williams' career and his 105th career carry, and at the time, put him at 100 yards for the game.
Luke Kuechly came up big with his fifth career interception, which he returned 23 yards to put BC inside the Northwestern five yard line and set up Williams' touchdown. Kuechly recorded 10 tackles in the first half, two of which were for a loss, marking his 23rd straight game with 10 or more tackles, which leads all FBS teams.
Northwestern answered with a touchdown of their own, as quarterback Kain Colter (10-for-16, 112 yards,1 INT) rushed in for a three-yard score with 38 seconds left in the half.
BC sophomore QB Chase Rettig has thrown for 129 yards on 10-of-17 passing and has also thrown an interception. Ifeanyi Momah leads all BC receivers with 60 receiving yards on four catches.
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