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Eagles shut out talk of shutdown

BC linebacker Steven Daniels pulls down Army quarter-back Kelvin White for one of his two sacks and 11 tackles.

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BC linebacker Steven Daniels pulls down Army quarter-back Kelvin White for one of his two sacks and 11 tackles.

The threat of Boston College’s homecoming game against Army being postponed or canceled because of the federal government shutdown posed “zero distraction’’ for the Eagles, said coach Steve Addazio after Saturday’s 48-27 victory.

Addazio said he was unaware the game was even in peril until he was informed of the situation by BC athletic director Brad Bates.

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“I didn’t know there was even a government shutdown,’’ Addazio said. “I guess I did, but I didn’t think it would have any effect on our football game.

“Then after I heard about it, I just blew it off, because I didn’t think . . . I mean, I knew we were playing a football game. It was bizarre.

“So it was a zero distraction. I never even addressed it with the football team. It never came out of my lips one time.’’

Department of Defense officials met Wednesday and gave their approval for Navy’s home game against Air Force and the BC-Army game to be played.

“I was worried that everyone was going to have it in their head and we might not attack the week as well as we should,’’ said senior quarterback Chase Rettig. “So we just got around guys and told them, ‘Listen, you have to have the mind-set that we’re playing this game.’ ’’

Williams satisfied

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Andre Williams matched Montel Harris’s single-game BC scoring record with five touchdown runs, giving him more in one game than he had in each of his previous two seasons. But Williams fell 1 yard shy of matching Harris’s single-game rushing record (264 yards), which came in the same 2009 game against North Carolina State in which he set the scoring mark.

Williams had tied Harris’s rushing mark before he was dropped for a 1-yard loss on his last carry of the game. Still, it did little to diminish Williams’s appreciation of his offensive line.

“We run counter a lot, and the real sweet part of that play is that I have so many different ways to go,’’ said Williams, who moved into 11th-place on BC’s all-time rushing list.

“When I run to the field, it just gives me a lot of space to run no matter how the defense plays it. I’m just so happy the offensive line executed the way they did.’’

Feast for White

BC senior right tackle Ian White recorded a rare double pancake on Williams’s 37-yard TD run in the second quarter. White pulled to his left and flattened Army linebackers Thomas Holloway and Marcus Poling with one devastating block to spring Williams on his longest TD run of the game. Asked if he’d ever done that before, White said, “Not like that, I don’t think,’’ he said. “I’ve had one where you pancake one guy and it trips up another guy, but not like that.” Afterward, Williams lobbied BC offensive line coach Justin Frye to give White a favorable grade on the play. “I hope Coach Frye gives him a double-plus on that play — a triple-plus — because they really did an awesome job of clearing it out for me,’’ he said . . . Senior linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis recorded a career-high 18 tackles (10 assists) while classmate Steele Divitto had 12 tackles, including his first sack of the season. Sophomore linebacker Steven Daniels was credited with 11 stops, including a pair of sacks, which gave BC three for the game and 16 on the season, 10 more than the Eagles had last year.

Salute to Army

After failing to do so in the confusion following last year’s 34-31 loss at Army, the BC team stood behind the Black Knights for their alma mater. Army reciprocated for the playing of BC’s alma mater. “They’re a great group of guys, they fight for our country,’’ Pierre-Louis said. “It’s good that we do that.’’ . . . The 1988 BC team that defeated Army was introduced before the start of the second quarter in recognition of the silver anniversary of its victory in the inaugural Emerald Isle Classic in Dublin . . . Mike Cloud (Class of ’98), Stalin Colinet (’96), and Dick Cremin (’65) were introduced during a halftime ceremony along with the rest of the 2013 class of inductees into the Varsity Club Hall of Fame. The other inductees were: Jessalyn Deveny (’05, basketball), Ken Hodge Jr. (’88, ice hockey), Anne T. Kavanagh (’81, soccer), Chris Lambert (’05, baseball), and the late George Lermond (’25, track and field, cross-country).

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