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Eagles Defeat Huskies in Season Opener

Boston College opened its 119th season of college football with a 23-20 win at Northern Illinois Friday night at Huskie Stadium.

 

BC is 3-0 all-time against NIU. Friday’s game was the first game between the two schools at NIU.

 

BC is 4-1 in season openers under Steve Addazio.

 

All-time, BC is 69-48-2 in season openers and 13-5 since 2000.

 

BC held NIU to 2-of-15 on third down conversions.

 

Dating back to 2016, the Eagles have won the last four games.

Offense

Redshirt freshman Anthony Brown earned his first career start at quarterback. Brown is the second freshman in BC history to start a season opener at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Justin Tuggle started the first game of 2009 against Northeastern.

 

Brown was 26-for-42 with 191 passing yards and two touchdowns. He threw one interception. Both his attempts and completion totals are the most a BC quarterback has logged under head coach Steve Addazio.

 

Brown threw the first touchdown of his career on a five-yard pass to Michael Walker to give BC its first lead of the game at 13-10 with 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter. It was Walker’s fifth career touchdown reception.

 

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Kobay White caught his first career reception on a 20-yard catch to move the sticks on third down. White finished the game with six receptions for 76 yards. He finished the game with 104 all-purpose yards, which also included 28 yards on kickoff returns.

 

The Eagles ran 92 plays in the game, more than any game in 2016. Last season’s game high was 84 against Buffalo (Oct. 1, 2016).

 

Sophomore tight end Ray Marten’s first career reception was a touchdown as he hauled in a four-yard touchdown pass from Brown to give BC a 20-10 lead.

 

Defense

Junior defensive back Will Harris collected a career-high 10 tackles, besting his previous high of eight, which he recorded at Virginia Tech on Sept. 17, 2016. His total tonight included seven solo stops and one tackle for a loss.

 

Junior defensive end Zach Allen recorded a career-high nine tackles, which included four solo tackles. His prior best was six, which he set twice with the last time coming at Virginia Tech on Sept. 17, 2016.

 

Sophomore middle linebacker Max Richardson earned his first career start. The Georgia native appeared in 11 games as a true freshman in 2016, mostly on special teams.

 

Junior free safety Lukas Denis made his first career start for the Eagles. He recorded his second career interception, along with two pass breakups and assisted on a tackle for a loss.

Special Teams

Senior PK Max Schulze-Geisthovel appeared in his first game as an Eagle after playing on the men’s soccer team last season at BC. Schulze-Geisthovel finished with three touchbacks.

 

Junior PK Colton Lichtenberg recorded a career-high nine points on a career-high three field goals. He hit a 42-yarder to tie the game at three in the first quarter. It was the second-longest field goal of his career.

 

Lichtenberg struck again from 35 yards out in the second quarter. He hit the game winner with 2:13 to play, a 37-yard field goal, to break a 20-20 tie and give BC the win.

Photo Courtesy: NIU Sports Information