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NFL Draft 2012 Live Blog: Belibuster on NFLN

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NFL Draft 2012 Live Blog: Belibuster on NFLN

Lotta downtime on draft night. And then there are flurries of activity. I'll timeline the hell out of it right here.

8:20 P.M. -- Trent Richardson is going to the Browns. I kinda like it. Colt McCoy needs Trent Richardson behind him so much more than he needs Justin Blackmon in front of him. And a good move by Minnesota who drops down, will still likely get Matt Kalil and get three late-draft picks.

8:14 P.M. -- Rich Eisen sounds like he's going to wet himself as the draft begins and the Colts GM picks up the phone. When NFLN shows Luck speaking to the Colts by cell, Eisen immediately launches into a defense of this now PROHIBITED MANEUVER by saying it was OK because everyone knew the pick. Who freakin' cares.

7:15 p.m. - Bill Belichick looks like a mannequin sitting and waiting for his interview with NFL Network. They come back from the break ad Belichick's still sitting there. I've been in the room where they do that hit, it's not luxurious. Or comfortable. Belichick proceeds to give a wide-ranging six-minute dissertation long on syllables and verrrrry short on specifics. I'm sure some producer somewhere in LA was yelling, "Never again! We're never having him on again before the draft! He kills the momentum!"
7:04 P.M. -- Brandon Meriweather, a Patriots' first round pick in 2007, elbows his way into the draft night hoopla. One thing about the draft - personnel guys swing and miss on speed, heart and stuff like that. But if a guy is a moron in college and does things that announce he's a character risk, it quite often happens that he continues down that road.

7:02 P.M. -- Working the red carpet for the NFL Network is Melissa Stark. She asks Robert Griffin III if the maroon and gold socks he's wearing which say, "Chase Your Dream" or some such thing were "specially made." No, Melissa. Bought 'em off the rack in Redskins colors right at a Duane Read in Times Square.

6:58 P.M. -- The media's in the press box for the draft. This is my 16th. I've spent 14 at GilletteFoxboro Stadium. The first draft I covered was for the MetroWest Daily News back in 1997. They took Chris Canty, Brandon Mitchell, Sedrick Shaw and Chris Carter in what was the maiden draft voyage of Pete Carroll and Bobby Grier. Sedrick Shaw later told me it wasn't him on the conference call with the local media but a friend who was at his house.
Hmmmph.

6:30 P.M. -- Little scene-setter for you. Just finished doing TV with Mike Giardi for Sportsnet Central at 6 and now I'm up in the press box. I spilled a bucket of words and didn't really say anything during that hit. I hate when I do that.

Boston College beats UConn 39-16 in wind and rain at Fenway Park

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Boston College beats UConn 39-16 in wind and rain at Fenway Park

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.

THE TAKEAWAY

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.

KICKING WOES

Boston College missed three extra points and had a field goal blocked.

UP NEXT

Boston College: Wraps up the regular season against Syracuse on Saturday.

UConn: Finishes its season against Cincinnati next Saturday.

UMass wins a game on the road, hands BYU its 9th loss, 16-10

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UMass wins a game on the road, hands BYU its 9th loss, 16-10

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.