NEWTON, Mass. -- Boston College snapped a two-game losing streak by beating visiting Army 48-27 before a crowd of 33,128 on homecoming weekend at Chestnut Hill.
How it happened: If low-scoring, defensive-minded games are your kind of thing, here’s hoping you found something else to watch on Saturday afternoon.
This one was all about offense.
The first drive that ended without points -- an Army punt after Steele Divitto and Brian Mihalik sacked quarterback Angel Santiago on third-and-5 from the Black Knights’ 30-yard line -- didn’t come until there was just more than 10 minutes to go in the first half.
By then the teams had already combined for 38 points and a handful of big plays. A 68-yard passing play for the Eagles that led to a score was one-upped by a 75-yard pass for a TD on a flea-flicker by Army. Both teams ground out yards and points on the ground.
Andre Williams had 10 carries for 146 yards and three TDs in the first half alone, setting the tone for a career day that saw him finish with 263 yards rushing and five TDs.
And while BC opened the second half about as poorly as possible -- a three-and-out forcing a punt, an 80-yard rumble by fullback Larry Dixon representing Army’s second one-play TD drive of the day -- the Eagles, relying on their workhorse back, rallied to hold onto their lead and improve to 3-2 (1-1 ACC) on the season.
What it means: BC has surpassed its win total from the 2012 season in just five games in 2013.
The Eagles improved to 12-2 against the Black Knights in Chestnut Hill, and 25-13 all time.
If they can manage three wins in their final seven games, the Eagles can accomplish their second goal from the preseason by hitting the six-win mark and becoming bowl eligible.
Up next: The Eagles travel to Clemson to take on their second Top 10 team in three weeks. The Tigers, ranked No. 3, won last year’s matchup 45-31 in Chestnut Hill.
BC will play five of its final seven games away from the friendly confines of Alumni Stadium, with only matchups versus Virginia Tech (Nov. 2) and NC State (Nov. 16) left on the home slate.
The last time a BC team won on the road, Luke Kuechly was still in maroon and gold. The star linebacker returned an interception for a touchdown and became the school’s all-time leader in tackles as the Eagles beat the Hurricanes 24-17 in Miami on Nov. 25, 2011. Since then, the Eagles have lost seven straight games away from Alumni.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.