By Kevin J. Stone
Twitter: @kstone06; @MassVarsity
CHESTNUT HILL — A week after a stressful, entertaining, and very important season-opening win over Virginia Tech, Boston College had to deal with the reality that their Week 2 game against Richmond simply didn't supply the same amount of hype.
Facing the Spiders for the first time since 1971, the Eagles needed to not only get past a mentally and physically draining game against the Hokies, but avoid the proverbial trap game against Richmond.
Adding yet another layer to the tricky mental maze BC needed to navigate on Saturday afternoon was the fact that a rare, Friday night game under the lights at Alumni Stadium against Kansas looms just six days away.
That game lost a little luster later in the night when Coastal Carolina beat the Jayhawks, 12-7.
Still, all of those factors could have been an issue for the Eagles, but instead, BC racked up 518 yards of total offense in just 22 minutes of possession time and rolled to a dominant, 45-13 win.
"Proud of the way our guys prepared all week," said head coach Steve Addazio. "Came off a big conference win here, which was an emotional conference win, and came out with intent and purpose and came out fast."
Fast would be an understatement as BC needed just six plays and a little over a minute and a half on the game's first possession to go up 7-0 when Zay Flowers (92 yards on 3 carries) broke off a 46-yard touchdown run with Aaron Boumerhi adding the PAT, quickly answering any question whether the Eagles would overlook Richmond or still be a bit banged up and groggy after the Virginia Tech win.
Boston College again worked quickly on its second scoring drive, moving 84 yards in eight plays and just two minutes with Anthony Brown (8-of-14 passing, 163 yards, 3 TD) hitting Korab Idrizi for a 7-yard TD reception to make it 14-0.
With 1:31 left in the quarter AJ Dillon (17 carries, 87 yards, 2 TD) punched in a 2-yard TD run to make it 21-0.
Dillon showed off his receiving ability on BC's next scoring drive, taking a short pass to the house from 42 yards out, tip-toeing down the Eagle sideline to make it 28-7 after the Spiders put together a drive of their own and got on the board with a 35-yard TD reception from Keyston Fuller.
Following a Richmond field goal that made it 28-10, tight end Jake Burt got in on the scoring binge with 3:36 left in the half. Brown hit him up the seam and Burt did the rest, taking it to the house from 55 yards out to make it 35-10 heading into halftime.
"Preparation is the same," Burt said. "Every week you're just looking to get another win. As coach always says, it's really hard to get a win in college football, and we've got a great bunch of guys who love ball. So every day we just go out there and play as hard as we can."
Dillon made it a 42-10 with a 2-yard touchdown run, leaping over the goal line. That drive would be the final for most of the starters as Dennis Grosel took over quarterbacking duties and led a drive that led to a 30-yard field goal from Boumerhi, giving BC a 45-10 lead heading to the fourth.
Redshirt freshman Matt Valecce was able to get in a few snaps at quarterback late in the game as well, and with just 12 seconds left Richmond added a field goal to cap the scoring.
Defensively, BC was once again complementary to the offense, coming up with two more turnovers as Nolan Borgersen (first career INT) and Tate Haynes each had picks.
While the Eagles took advantage of a weaker opponent in Richmond, both players and coaches know that the mental grind to get up for the Spiders after the Virginia Tech win and the quick turnaround for Kansas are both necessary evils of sorts to end up where they want to be.
"Sometimes people overlook these games, but it was really an emphasis and a big focus this week to not look past this game into Kansas," Brown acknowledged. "I feel like we did that, but we need to clean some things up. But, we have another big opponent this week. Kansas is no slouch. They have a great coach (Les Miles). They have a very talented running back (Pooka Williams) on offense, and I know that defense is going to come to play. It's a Friday night game. This is everybody's dream.
"Everybody is going to be excited for this game. There's going to be thousands of people watching. I feel like they're definitely going to come here looking for a 'W.' "
Addazio is well aware that balance in preparation this week will be the key to make sure the Eagles continue firing on all cylinders against the Jayhawks Friday night.
"Well, honestly, I'm going to be real conscious of how many periods we have in practice because Monday we're right back at it," Addazio said. "I'm also conscious this week, we've talked about strength and conditioning, how much we want to do in the weight room this week. We want to give the kids — thankfully, most guys didn't play a whole lot more than two quarters so that we can — tomorrow we'll watch tape but won't go outside with them tomorrow, and the player day off will be next Saturday that falls in our week so that we can come back in on Monday.
"So, Sunday is kind of like a day off," he added. "It will be a little bit of mental work but not a lot. Monday, we'll be right back at it. We've looked at all pieces of that right now. It's hard. And thank God we're home, to be honest with you. You do what you have to do, but I think managing it is important. We've had a couple of games under our belt. One was at a high level, and then this one that we he have under our belt. So I think we'll be in good shape."