2014 Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College Offense Grinding and Pounding

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Oct 18, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Tyler Murphy (2) runs the ball against the Clemson Tigers during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Entering the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl, the Boston College offense has succeeded at Steve Addazio’s ground-and-pound game with a top rushing unit.

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The numbers have declined as of late, but Boston College spent their first 12 games of the 2014 season with one of the best run games in the nation. All of this comes in the face of preseason predictions that downplayed what they would be able to do.

After all, Andre Williams had left for the National Football League and all of the Eagles’ running backs were to be freshmen or sophomores. How could the Boston College offense adapt?

For one thing, many neglected Tyler Murphy, the graduate student quarterback who transferred in from Florida with a functional set of legs that he is not afraid to use. Second, and just as importantly, the new running back talent was downplayed. Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse we knew, but Jon Hilliman, Marcus Outlow, and Sherm Alston we did not, and they turned out okay.

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