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Game Summary: Soccer | | Athletic Communications
Thomas Castellanos’ touchdown run with 2:23 left proved to be the game-winner
Syracuse, New York – Thomas Castellanos seven-yard rushing touchdown with 2:23 left led Boston College to a 17-10 victory over Syracuse on Friday night at the JMA Wireless Dome.
The win extended Boston College’s winning streak to five games – the program’s longest streak since the 2010 season – and moved the Eagles to Bowl Eligibility at 6-3 overall (3-2 ACC).
Castellanos was 20 of 37 for 165 yards and a touchdown while rushing 22 times for 87 yards and a score. Kai Robichaud rushed 23 times for 70 yards while Andre Hines carried the ball five times for 32 yards.
Dino Tomlin made five catches for 41 yards, Louis Bond caught four passes for 48 yards and Jaden Willams had three receptions for 10 yards.
BC’s defense helped set up its first score, as a CJ Clinkscales an interception by Syracuse quarterback Carlos DelRio-Wilson put the Eagles at the 50-yard line. The offense took it into the red zone — to Cuse’s eight-yard line — but couldn’t break through. Liam Connor drilled a 24-yard field goal to make it 3-0 with 4:55 left.
Syracuse countered, making it 7-3 near the end of the first quarter when DelRio-Wilson found the end zone on a 27-yard strike with 33 ticks left in the period.
The Eagles led 10-7 at the halftime break after the redshirt sophomore Owen McGowan caught a two-yard pass from Castellanos for his first career touchdown with 48 seconds left in the half. The score capped an 18-play, 80-yard drive that chewed up nearly 8:00 on the clock.
After a scoreless third quarter, Syracuse used a 36-yard field goal to start the fourth to tie the game at 10-10 with 14:18 left. A first-down helmet hit by Cuse’s Justin Barron on Robichaud led to a turnover with 12:27 left in the game, giving the Orange the ball at the Eagles’ 41. But Elijah Jones stripped and stole the ball from Umari Hatcher – his second game with at least two interceptions this season.
After a Castellanos touchdown, BC’s Cole Batson recorded his first collegiate interception, picking off SU’s DelRio-Wilson with 2:13 left, sealing the victory as the Eagles went into victory formation.
Vinny De Palma led BC with 10 tackles (five solo) while Cam Arnold and John Puppell each registered six shutouts (four solo). The Eagles recorded four interceptions on the night – two by Jones and one each by Clinkscales and Batson. It was BC’s first four-interception game since Nov. 25, 2011, when the Eagles had four picks in a 24-17 win at Miami.
Boston College returns home on Saturday, November 11 when it hosts Virginia Tech at noon at Alumni Stadium. The game will be televised live nationally on the ACC Network and streamed live on WatchESPN ( link ).