The outward reaction from former Penn State players and alumni to the hiring of Bill O'Brien has not been good. O'Brien, introduced Saturday morning as the man taking over the embattled program stained by the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal, said his hiring was "unbelievable." Some in the Penn State community felt the same way.And Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, in a statement that seemed designed to meet those criticisms, had this to say, "Over the course of his long coaching career, Bill OBrien has met every personal and professional challenge head on with great passion and competitiveness."I expect Bill to draw on his deep background in college football and the NFL to continue attracting and developing top players. "For five years, Bills outstanding work with our quarterbacks and entire offense has led to record-setting performances. His presence and command before our team has grown into that of a inspirational leader. This is a great match between a storied program and a old-school football coach. Bill will be up to the task and I couldnt be happier for him, Colleen and the OBrien family."A few interesting takeaways from that. 1) Belichick giving a nod to his ability to recruit and develop. 2) His praise of O'Brien as a leader, important as he steps in Joe Paterno's spot. 3) The uncharacteristic noting of "record-setting performances". 4) Describing O'Brien as an "old-school football coach" knowing that would be an embraceable image for Penn State.
BOSTON - AJ Dillon rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns, breaking free on a 48-yard run and a 53-yard score on Saturday night to lead Boston College to a 39-16 victory over UConn on the wet and worn-out turf at Fenway Park.
Playing most of the game in a heavy rain, with groundskeepers patching the field most every timeout, the Eagles (6-5) qualified for a bowl game for the fourth time in five seasons. UConn (3-8) showed little offense until two late touchdowns cut into a 36-point deficit.
One week after BC quarterback Anthony Brown sustained a season-ending knee injury, Darius Wade completed 7 of 15 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. He was helped by Dillon's running, another 107 yards rushing from Jon Hilliman and two long interception returns, including a 65-yard pick-six by Taj-Amir Torres.
Hilliman scored on 38- and 3-yard runs for BC, and Lukas Denis picked off David Pindell at the goal line and ran it back 56 yards to set up Dillon's second score.
BC led 39-3 in the fourth before Kevin Mensah ran 70 yards for a touchdown. Pindell followed by hitting Hergy Mayala for 43 yards with 4:15 left to make it 39-16.
Pindell finished with a career-high 241 yards on 14-for-33 passing, with three interceptions.
Although the century-old ballpark is less than four miles from BC's Chestnut Hill campus, UConn was officially the home team. But the opportunity to use the Red Sox clubhouse didn't help the Huskies avoid falling to 0-12-2 all-time against BC.
A 21-point favorite, BC trailed 3-0 after one quarter before Wade rolled to his left toward the Red Sox dugout and evaded tacklers long enough to find Chris Garrison in the end zone, right in front of where home plate would usually be.
Dillon dragged four defenders into the end zone - with another standing by and watching - on his 53-yard score in the second quarter, then added a 20-yard TD run in the third to make it 33-3. It was his second career 200-yard game and the first 200-yard rusher against UConn since Ray Rice did it for Rutgers in 2005.
Boston College: The Eagles are bowl-eligible for the fourth time in coach Steve Addazio's five seasons in Chestnut Hill. He's the first BC coach to go to five bowl games in his first five seasons.
UConn: The Huskies picked up a nice check - $1.25 million - and some players got the thrill of playing in Fenway Park.
OUT FOR THE SEASON
Boston College announced before the game that defensive back Kamrin Moore will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury he sustained last week against North Carolina State. Moore, a captain, had started 23 consecutive games before missing Saturday night's game against UConn.
Moore finished with 140 tackles, six for a loss, and two interceptions.
Boston College missed three extra points and had a field goal blocked.
Boston College: Wraps up the regular season against Syracuse on Saturday.
UConn: Finishes its season against Cincinnati next Saturday.
PROVO, Utah - Andrew Ford fired a 40-yard touchdown pass to Andy Isabella and Logan Laurent kicked three field goals to stake UMass to a 16-0 lead at BYU and the Minutemen held on to post a 16-10 victory Saturday - earning a fourth win for the first time as an FBS school.
UMass (4-7) started playing FBS football in 2012 and never won more than three games nor won a road game against a team outside of the Mid-American Conference.
The victory ended both streaks.
The loss gives BYU nine losses for the third time in school history, matching 1949 and 1955. The Cougars have one game remaining next week in Honolulu against Hawaii with the prospect of their first 10-loss season looming.
Rhett Almond got BYU on the board with a 40-yard field goal with 1:35 left in the third quarter and Joe Critchlow hit Matt Bushman with a 6-yard TD pass in the final minute.
Critchlow was 21 of 45 passing for 257 yards, but the Cougars managed just 42 net rushing yards.