Two of the more productive receivers in the Atlantic Coast Conference over the last two seasons were on display in Boston College’s 24-10 victory over Wake Forest Friday night at Alumni Stadium.
But it was BC’s Alex Amidon who shined brightest in a duel with Wake Forest’s Michael Campanaro, who entered as the ACC’s active leader in career receptions (162).
Amidon finished with five receptions for a game-high 93 yards and a touchdown and made a little history in the process of topping Campanaro’s night (five catches for 86 yards and a TD).
Amidon, a 6-foot, 182-pound senior from Greenfield, Mass., who earned All-ACC first-team honors last season, moved into eighth place on BC’s all-time list by becoming the ninth receiver in school history to go over 2,000 receiving yards.
“It means a lot, it’s a good honor to be up there with the BC greats,’’ said Amidon, who entered needing 81 yards to reach the milestone, and increased his total to 2,012. “I didn’t actually know I had gone over 2,000, but it means a lot.’’
Amidon joined Rich Gunnell (2,459), now a BC offensive graduate assistant, Pete Mitchell (2,388), Kelvin Martin (2,337), Brian Brennan (2,180), Mark Chmura (2,046), Grant Adams (2,036), Brandon Robinson (2,023), and Darren Flutie (2,000).
“It just shows how our offense has been this year,’’ Amidon said. Chase [Rettig] has been playing really well and the offensive line, too, so it speaks to them as it does to me.’’
Andre the giant
Andre Williams said he had never finished a game against Wake Forest, carrying six times for 1 yard in three previous matchups, but he was determined not to let a tight hamstring or a head cold prevent him from starting Friday night’s ACC opener.
Good thing he didn’t. Williams rushed 35 times for a career-high 204 yards and a punishing 2-yard TD run that gave the Eagles a 24-7 lead in the third quarter.
“We just kept pounding the rock, pounding the rock, pounding the rock, until they cracked,’’ said BC coach Steve Addazio.
Williams surpassed Jim Bell (1985-88) for 19th on BC’s all-time rushing list with 1,900 career yards. He rushed for more than 100 yards in a game for the seventh time in his career, and second time in as many games this season.
“I’m a running back, I love running the ball,’’ Williams said. “Putting the ball in my hands — there’s nothing I like more than that. Coach Addazio is an offensive guy, he loves to run the ball, and it couldn’t work out better for me.’’
Lighting it up
BC played under the Friday Night lights for the fourth time in program history, with the three previous appearances significant outings. The last time the Eagles played Friday night was Aug. 31, 2002, when BC defeated the University of Connecticut, 24-16, in the Huskies’ debut as a Division 1-A school. Before that, BC, then ranked 11th in the nation, hosted West Virginia in a Friday Night showdown for Big East supremacy and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl and suffered a wrenching 17-14 loss. BC’s first Friday foray, however, proved seminal when Doug Flutie connected with Gerard Phelan on a Hail Mary heave to help the Eagles pull out a 47-45 victory over 12th-ranked Miami in the Orange Bowl on Nov. 23, 1984, the Friday after Thanksgiving . . . Left tackle Matt Patchan left in the third quarter with a hip injury and linebacker Steele Divitto suffered an elbow injury in the same period. Addazio did not have medical updates on either player . . . With 11 tackles, senior linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis notched his 12th career double-digit tackle game, and second of the season . . . Sophomore DB Bryce Jones recovered his first career fumble and made his second career interception in as many games . . . The Eagles (2-0 overall, 1-0 ACC) will next face their first road trip of the season, playing at Southern Cal next Saturday.