- David M. Hale, College football
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What Andre Williams really wanted Saturday wasn’t a school record or an ACC record or any other number that fit into the box score next to his own name. He wanted win No. 6 for Boston College, assuring his team a trip to a bowl game after winning just two games last season.
As it turned out, Williams carried BC to that sixth win, and he added the exclamation point by putting his name into the record books a few times along the way.
Williams carried 42 times in Saturday’s 38-21 win over NC State, setting an ACC record with 339 rushing yards.
In last week’s win over New Mexico State, Williams set the school record with 295 yards on the ground. He matched that and then some Saturday, setting the FBS season high for rushing yards and eclipsing the school and ACC records for rushing yards in a season.
In just the past four games, Williams has carried 131 times for 972 yards and seven TDs. No other player in the ACC has rushed for that many yards all season.
Williams’ workload has been immense, carrying the Eagles’ offense all year. His 288 carries are 39 more than his closest competition nationally, and only five other players in the ACC have carried the ball even half as many times as Williams. His 28.8 attempts per game would rank fourth in ACC history.
Williams has topped 200 yards four times this season (matching an ACC record) and topped 100 in eight of his 10 games. He's racked up 1,810 rushing yards this season -- which puts him on pace for 2,353 for the year. No FBS tailback has topped 2,000 since Connecticut’s Donald Brown in 2008.
What Andre Williams really wanted Saturday wasn’t a school record or an ACC record or any other number that fit into the box score next to his own name.