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Boston College ends 12-game ACC losing streak

October 22, 2016: Boston College Eagles quarterback Patrick Towles (8) looking for an open receiver amidst the rain during the first half of the game between the Syracuse Orange and Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA. The Eagles ultimately lost to the Orange, 20-28. (Photo by John Kavouris/Icon Sportswire)
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There had been a monkey hanging over the back of the Boston College Eagles, who had been losers of 12 consecutive ACC games. That was until the program stole a road win over the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday as the Eagles reigned victorious, 21-14.

Down 14-13 late in the final frame, Eagles’ quarterback Patrick Towles orchestrated a nine-play, 63-yard drive which was capped off by a 14-yard touchdown reception by Tommy Sweeney. The Wolfpack were right on the cusp of knotting the game up on the team’s final drive, but quarterback Ryan Finley was intercepted by Eagles’ defensive back Kamrin Moore. Towles finished the day 18-of-33 yards for 204 yards while the ground game was headlined by Jon Hilliman, who toted the rock 20 times for 74 yards.

While setting up for their victory formation in conference play, it marked the first time since November 29, 2014.

The long overdue conference win could have materialized a week sooner had the Eagles squeaked out a victory over the Syracuse Orange. The Eagles were in it the entire game but fell short, 28-20. For Boston College, the win over North Carolina State moves the program to 4-4 (1-4) on the season. The Eagles lost their season-opener to Georgia Tech, were trounced by the Clemson Tigers and own the aforementioned loss to Syracuse.

For head coach Dave Doeren’s Wolfpack, it is the third consecutive loss after opening the season 4-1.

Boston College may have to stay content with a one-game winning streak in ACC play. The Louisville Cardinals’ potent offense behind quarterback Lamar Jackson, perhaps the top candidate at this point of the season to take the Heisman Trophy, head out east to meet the Eagles.

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