As of today, nineteen days remain until the Boston College Eagles take part in the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl. They’ll be busy practicing and taking finals — except Andre Williams, who has a few places to stop — but while you’re looking for your tickets, enjoy these nineteen facts about the 2013 Eagles and the year they’ve had so far.
19 Facts About 2013 Boston College Eagles Football
1.) The Eagles went 7-5 this season, sealing their first winning campaign and bowl appearance since 2010.
2.) Boston College jumped from two wins last year to (at least) seven this season; the last time the Eagles increased by at least five wins from the season before was from 1985 (4-8) to 1986 (9-3). If they win on New Year’s Eve, it would be only the second time in program history that they jumped by six wins (last: 1898 [2-5-1] to 1899 [8-1-1]).
3.) The Eagles are coached by first-year head dude Steve Addazio, a native of New England who played his college football at Central Connecticut State University.
4.) Addazio and the Eagles’ current tight ends coach, Frank Leonard, were teammates at CCSU.
5.) Two of the current coaches played for the Eagles: running backs coach Al Washington and offensive graduate assistant Rich Gunnell.
6.) Boston College went 5-1 at Alumni Stadium this season; this is more home games than they had won in the previous two seasons combined.
7.) This Eagles team won two true road games in 2013; they had not won any during 2012.
8.) Boston College won four games in a row at one point this season, which was their longest winning streak in three years.
9.) On the field, the Eagles were led by the dominant performance of Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams, who totaled 2,102 rushing yards in 12 games. Only nine other FBS/Division I-A players have ever exceeded 2,100 yards.
10.) Williams became Boston College’s first Heisman finalist since 1984 and the third Eagle in the award’s top six since that year. The other one was Glenn Foley, fifth place in 1993.
11.) This year, Andre Williams broke Boston College program records for single-season rushing and single-game rushing, at one point breaking his own record the week after setting it. He is the only Eagle in history to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a single year and the only one to rush for at least 300 yards in one game.
12.) Andre also broke the ACC records for those same categories, and as such has been named a unanimous All-ACC First Team selection by both the media and coaches.
13.) Williams was not the only one to break a record this year: senior wide receiver Alex Amidon set the program’s all-time receiving yards record this year. With 97 yards in the bowl game, he will have back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons.
14.) But wait, there’s more: senior kicker Nate Freese also set the Boston College program record for points this season, breaking the mark previously set by Steve Aponavicius.
15.) Due to the new offensive system, senior quarterback Chase Rettig has thrown approximately half of the passing attempts that he did in 2012. To date, Rettig is 147-for-238 (61.8%) for 1,804 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions.
16.) If Rettig throws one touchdown pass in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl, he will set a career high for single-season touchdown passes. Unless he throws three interceptions, he’ll also set a career low for picks.
17.) Senior defensive end Kasim Edebali leads the team in sacks so far with 9.5 on the season; Boston College had six a team in 2012.
18.) In the sack department, Boston College went from dead-last in FBS last season to tied for 14th now, a jump of over one-hundred spots.
19.) The Eagles have two men leading the team with over 100 tackles: senior linebackers Steele Divitto (107) and Kevin Pierre-Louis (104).