7:12 PM EDT, Thu October 30, 2014

BC freshman Hilliman coming on strong

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- In some ways, Jonathan Hilliman is a typical freshman. But in others, the 6-foot, 215-pounder is anything but. When Andy Gallik thinks back to summer workouts, he sees in his mind’s eye Hilliman as a nervous freshman, unsure of himself and where he fits into the bigger picture of a college football team. Fast-forward to eight games into the season, and the veteran center says, “Jon’s come a long way.” The freshman’s come far enough to have the graduate student co-captain comparing him to last year’s star, Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams.
Boston Herald 18 hours ago
Ian Silberman on run with Boston College

Ian Silberman on run with Boston College

Boston College right tackle Ian Silberman ventured into some loud, belligerent stadiums during his days in the Southeastern Conference.The 6-foot-5, 295-pound graduate transfer from Florida will experience an authentic Atlantic Coast Conference house of vipers when the Eagles engage Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday.The Eagles (5-3, 2-2) can attain bowl eligibility for the second year in a row, while the underachieving Hokies (4-4, 1-3) are desperate to avoid their fourth home loss of the season.

Fighting off fatigue, BC tries to find balance

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- It’s that time of year. The leaves have changed color and started to paint the ground in reds, yellows, oranges and browns, and pumpkin-flavored products and spooky decorations abound. But while black and orange may be the colors du jour everywhere else, on the football field they’re more likely to be black and blue. Ten weeks into the regular season, with eight games under their belts and four left to play starting with a trip to Blacksburg, Virginia, to take on Virginia Tech (4-4, 1-3 ACC) this weekend (12:30 p.
Boston Herald Oct 28, 2014
After 2 losses, Hokies say short break was good

After 2 losses, Hokies say short break was good

A few extra days to get ready for Saturday's game against Boston College was just what offensive lineman David Wang needed after the Hokies' back-to-back Thursday night losses to Pittsburgh and Miami.Now Wang and his teammates hope the extra time helps them get their season back on track.The Hokies (4-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) have possibly played themselves out of the Coastal Division race, and much of the damage has come at home, where they have lost three of five games.The Eagles (5-3, 2-2) are unbeaten in three road games.
Boston Herald Oct 28, 2014
BC Notebook: Eagles, Hokies bowl hunting

BC Notebook: Eagles, Hokies bowl hunting

When Boston College and Virginia Tech have met in recent years, conference crowns and prestigious bowl destinations were riding on the outcome.On Saturday, when the Hokies (4-4, 1-3) host the Eagles (5-3, 2-2) in Blacksburg, Va., the two teams will be battling for bowl eligibility in the congested middle of the Atlantic Coast Conference.The Eagles enhanced their bowl prospects with last Saturday’s 23-17 victory at Wake Forest. The Hokies gave ground with a 30-6 home loss to the Miami Hurricanes.
Boston Herald Oct 27, 2014
New coach, new energy for Boston College hoops

New coach, new energy for Boston College hoops

BOSTON — Boston College center Dennis Clifford wandered into the basketball offices last spring looking for a handful of candy and instead got an earful from Jim Christian.The new BC coach wouldn't let Clifford sneak by without stopping to chat — part of a high-energy and personal approach that Christian hopes to bring to the Eagles a year after they finished second-to-last in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Three-and-out: After Wake win, BC focused on trip to Virginia Tech

Happy to escape Winston-Salem with a win, Boston College coach Steve Addazio said in his weekly news conference that watching tape of the Eagles’ next opponent, Virginia Tech, brought him “right back down to reality.” ”As I’ve always known Virginia Tech to be, just fantastic on defense,” he told reporters in Chestnut Hill on Monday. “They’re really good, they’re fast. They’re sound, they have great schemes.

Addazio hopes BC learning from resilience

Leading up to Boston College's game at Wake Forest on Saturday, Dominique Williams said the Eagles had to learn to play a full 60 minutes, that they couldn't expect to win playing only 58 minutes. The co-captain's words proved prescient, as BC built a 20-point lead after a dominant first half, then almost let it get away before escaping with a 23-17 win. “As I told the team in the locker room, it's hard to win on the road in the ACC,” BC coach Steve Addazio told reporters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, according to a transcript.
Boston Herald Oct 26, 2014
Need late interception to sneak past Deacons

Need late interception to sneak past Deacons

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — One of Boston College coach Steve Addazio’s points of emphasis this season has been how difficult it is to win on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference.That problem gets compounded by special teams turnovers, senseless red-zone penalties and missed extra points, all of which plagued the Eagles in the fourth quarter yesterday.But junior cornerback Justin Simmons picked off a pass with 2:08 remaining to atone for all the miscues and salvage a 23-17 victory against Wake Forest.
Boston Herald Oct 25, 2014
BC builds big lead, holds on to beat Wake 23-17

BC builds big lead, holds on to beat Wake 23-17

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jon Hilliman rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns, and Boston College held on to beat Wake Forest 23-17 on Saturday.Tyler Murphy finished 11 of 15 for 165 yards with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Shakim Phillips while Hilliman had touchdown runs of 1 and 33 yards for the Eagles (5-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).They nearly blew a 23-3 lead in the fourth quarter and didn't completely put the pesky Demon Deacons away until Justin Simmons' late interception.
Boston Herald Oct 25, 2014
BC clears the air; Tyler Murphy plans to pass

BC clears the air; Tyler Murphy plans to pass

Tyler Murphy wants to expand the passing component of the Boston College offense for today’s game with Wake Forest.The BC quarterback leads the Eagles (4-3, 1-2 ACC) against the Demon Deacons (2-4, 0-3) at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C.“They’re going to definitely load the box and really key on the run forcing us to beat them outside,” said Murphy. “I think we are capable of doing that but we have to bring our A-game and be on point, both myself and the receivers.”
Boston Herald Oct 24, 2014
Clemson's Venables: Get ready for more close games

Clemson's Venables: Get ready for more close games

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables believes there's going to be more down-to-the-wire games in college football.The 21st-ranked Tigers have had their share the past two weeks.Clemson has needed late stands to seal victories over Louisville and Boston College. Venables said those performances have boosted his players' beliefs that they can achieve success in any situation.That was certainly evident against the Cardinals and Eagles.

Eagles know they can't overlook Wake

Boston College should beat Wake Forest. At least, that’s the likely takeaway when considering both teams’ numbers and results against the schedule so far this season. The Eagles have a win over a Top 25 team (then-No. 9 USC in Week 3) and nearly got a second (in a 17-13 loss to No. 24 Clemson) last weekend. The Demon Deacons lost their only matchup with a ranked team (falling 43-3 to then-No. 1 Florida State in Week 6) and have won just two games (against Gardner-Webb and Army).
Boston Herald Oct 24, 2014
BC Notebook: Wolfords meet head on

BC Notebook: Wolfords meet head on

Robert Wolford Sr. will have a rooting interest in both offenses when Boston College takes on Wake Forest in an Atlantic Coast Conference game tomorrow at BB&T Field.One of Wolford’s sons, Robert Jr., is the Eagles starting fullback while another, John, is the Demon Deacons’ starting quarterback.The last time the two siblings were on the same field, Bobby was catching John’s passes at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla.

BC-Wake Forest a Wolford reunion

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Bobby Vardaro laughed. Though they are blood relatives, Boston College’s Bobby Wolford and his younger brother, Wake Forest’s John Wolford, couldn’t be less similar. “It’s kinda funny that we are playing his brother,” Vardaro said of the teams’ matchup this Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3). “Just to see the dynamic between the two of them, they’re completely different.