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Boston Herald Sep 2, 2014
No chance to rest for Minutemen

No chance to rest for Minutemen

UMass was out of its league in more ways than one during Saturday’s season-opening 30-7 loss to Atlantic Coast Conference-member Boston College at Gillette Stadium.“We were not ready to play in the ACC is what I really found out,” Minutemen coach Mark Whipple said during yesterday’s conference call for Mid-American Conference coaches.UMass will have to “league up” again when it hosts Colorado (0-1) of the Pac-12 on Saturday at Gillette.
Boston Herald Sep 2, 2014

Kramer steps in to fill hole on BC’s O-line

Boston College offensive lineman Aaron Kramer’s delayed gratification ended with 3:16 to play in the first quarter of Saturday’s season-opening victory against UMass at Gillette Stadium.The 6-foot-7, 293-pound Duxbury native was inserted into the game when right guard Harris Williams rolled an ankle on the second play of the Eagles’ second drive.Kramer played the rest of the game and helped the BC ground attack churn out 338 yards. He also aided in keeping the Minutemen defenders away from quarterback Tyler Murphy.

Three-and-out: BC tight on time

Time is of the essence for the Eagles this week. First down: By the time Boston College coach Steve Addazio met with the media for his weekly Monday session at around 1 p.m. ET, the Eagles had already completed two practices (one in full pads) in preparation for Friday night’s nationally televised matchup with Pittsburgh at Alumni Stadium (7 ET on ESPN). And it still hadn’t been 48 hours since they kicked off their season against UMass at 3 o’clock Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
Boston Herald Sep 1, 2014
Boston College platoon replaces Heisman finalist

Boston College platoon replaces Heisman finalist

BOSTON — Boston College doesn't have a player who can replace Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams.So the Eagles will rotate three players at running back. And quarterback Tyler Murphy can carry the ball, too.Murphy was the leading rusher in BC's season-opening victory over UMass on Saturday. He carried the ball 13 times for 118 yards and a touchdown on a 1-yard naked bootleg. The Florida transfer also completed 17 of 24 passes for 173 yards.Tyler Rouse carried the ball 19 times for 87 yards, and Myles Willis had 16 carries for 57 yards and a TD.
Boston Herald Sep 1, 2014
Test gets hard for BC

Test gets hard for BC

FOXBORO — Boston College coach Steve Addazio was gracious toward both camps in his postgame summation of the Eagles’ 30-7 victory against UMass in the season opener Saturday at Gillette Stadium.Addazio repeatedly punctuated his analysis with apprehensive interjections about the Eagles’ upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference clash with Pittsburgh in Friday night’s home opener at Alumni Stadium.Addazio interrupted his briefing to inquire about the outcome of Pitt’s weekend game against Delaware.

BC will need to elevate game vs. Pitt

Toward the end of Steve Addazio’s postgame news conference Saturday evening, after the Eagles had trounced the UMass Minutemen 30-7 at Gillette Stadium to open the season, the coach’s attention turned to the next challenge. His bald head still glistening with sweat earned on the sideline against UMass, Addazio already was thinking about Pittsburgh. The Panthers come to Chestnut Hill for a nationally televised ACC matchup on Friday night (7 ET on ESPN), meaning there’s a slightly shorter turnaround than normal for BC’s next game so there’s no time to waste.
Boston Herald Aug 31, 2014
BC gives UMass QB crash course

BC gives UMass QB crash course

FOXBORO — New UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel may be a graduate student, but there is little doubt that yesterday’s game served as a valuable learning experience as Boston College gave the Marshall University transfer fits all day.“That was my first start and we’ll watch the film and we’ll fix what we have to,’’ Frohnapfel said following the Eagles’ 30-7 victory.
Boston Herald Aug 31, 2014
BC-Umass Notebook: Transfer gets BC off and running

BC-Umass Notebook: Transfer gets BC off and running

FOXBORO — Running the football should always be the second option for a dual-threat quarterback.Boston College field general Tyler Murphy ran a misdirection on that conventional bit of wisdom by gaining 118 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown in the Eagles’ 30-7 victory against UMass in the season opener yesterday at Gillette Stadium.
Boston Herald Aug 31, 2014
Running start for BC Eagles

Running start for BC Eagles

FOXBORO — Boston College established its latest offensive identity with new ways of doing what it does best.The Eagles racked up 338 rushing yards on 61 attempts by six different ball carriers to produce a 30-7 victory over UMass before 30,479 in the season opener yesterday at Gillette Stadium.The Eagles produced 27 first downs on 86 plays, possessed the rock for a staggering 42:11 and amassed 511 yards of total offense.

Three-and-out: UMass QB Frohnapfel hits Sharpe for 77-yard TD

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For a few seconds, at least, everything was perfect for UMass football on Saturday. Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, a transfer from Marshall making his first start for the Minutemen, stood in the pocket and looked deep downfield and saw wideout Tajae Sharpe coming free across the middle. The 6-foot-6, 229-pounder fired a strike to Sharpe near midfield, hitting him in stride. The 6-4 speedster did the rest, skipping by the dive of BC safety Sean Sylvia, outrunning BC defensive back Justin Simmons and stretching the ball over the goal line for a 77-yard TD.

Three-and-out: BC QB Murphy stars

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tyler Murphy has played on bigger stages than the one he stepped onto at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon, when he took his first regular-season snaps as Boston College’s starting quarterback. He started games under center for the Florida Gators, after all, and when it comes to college football it doesn’t get much bigger than the SEC. But that doesn’t mean he was any less concerned about making a good first impression.

BC's 2nd-half surge cracks UMass

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Watching Boston College play football can, at times, be akin to studying geology. Just how much pressure, over how much time, does it take for rock to crack? Against UMass in the season opener at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kicking off in near-perfect sunny, 75-degree conditions, it took the Eagles just about a half of withering pressure to begin to crack the Minutemen defense. “We could start to feel and see that they were getting tired,” new BC QB Tyler Murphy said.
Boston Herald Aug 30, 2014

QB Murphy carries BC past UMass, 30-7

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tyler Murphy ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, carrying Boston College to a 30-7 victory over in-state rival Massachusetts on Saturday in the season opener for both schools.Murphy, a graduate transfer who played nine games for Florida last season before missing the final three with a sprained throwing shoulder, also completed 17 of 24 passes for 173 yards and threw for a TD and an interception.

Rapid Reaction: BC 30, UMass 7

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Boston College beat in-state foe UMass 30-7 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday to kick off the 2014 season for both teams. It was a beautiful afternoon for football, 75 degrees and sunny, and more than 30,000 showed up for what was being touted as the “Battle for the Bay State.” And while it was closer than perhaps expected early (the score just 6-0 in favor of BC at the half), the Eagles used a massive advantage in time of possession to wear down the Minutemen defense and capitalized with two long TD drives in the third quarter to essentially end the battle.

BC RG Harris Williams out with injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Boston College starting right guard Harris Williams left the game in the first quarter with an apparent right leg injury. A fifth-year senior, the 6-foot-3, 299-pound Williams started every game for BC in 2013. He was injured on an 8-yard run by Myles Willis, with the Eagles backed up to their own 2-yard line after a UMass punt. After being attended to on the field, Williams was helped off by two athletic trainers -- not putting any weight on his right leg.

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