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BC romps past Holy Cross 62-14 in rivalry renewal

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BC romps past Holy Cross 62-14 in rivalry renewal

BOSTON - AJ Dillon ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns in less than a quarter, and Boston College beat old, in-state rival Holy Cross 62-14 Saturday in the schools' first meeting in 32 years.

Dillon, the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason player of the year, carried just six times before BC (2-0) went to its reserves late in the first quarter. Quarterback Anthony Brown completed his only two passes for 53 yards.

Eagles' reserve QBs EJ Perry and Matt McDonald each threw for two TDs and cornerback Hamp Cheevers returned an interception 81 yards for a score.

Holy Cross (0-2) blocked two punts for TDs.

It was the 83rd game between the Jesuit schools that once made up New England's biggest football rivalry.

The series ended when Holy Cross joined the Patriot League and cut its athletic scholarships after BC's victory in 1986. The loss of scholarships also prevented BC - then a 1-A program (now FBS) - from playing a then-1-A (now FCS) school in games that would count toward bowl eligibility.

But in 2013 the Patriot League returned athletic scholarships and the schools agreed to resume the series. They are slated to meet on BC's campus in 2020.

Dillon went 54 yards on BC's first play from scrimmage and scored three plays later, running in untouched from 7 yards out.

On the first play of the Eagles' second possession, Dillon went around the right end, broke two tackles, and jumped over a diving defender near the 10-yard line before completing his 74-yard score. His third was a 7-yarder, making it 21-0 midway into the opening quarter.

On the opening kickoff, Holy Cross' linebacker Jack Haddon was hit hard on coverage and was face-first on the turf for a while. The crushing hit on him brought `Oohs' from some fans in the stands, expecting to see an early blowout, but also appearing concerned about the teams' size difference. BC coach Steve Addazio checked on Haddon, who walked off slowly.

THE TAKEAWAY
Holy Cross
: The experience may have helped...There was a large contingent of fans dressed in purple and white - Holy Cross' colors - around pregame and in the stands.

BC: The Eagles, expected to be improved in conference play, get their first test at Wake Forest Thursday.

UP NEXT
Holy Cross: Hosts Yale next Saturday.

BC: Plays at Wake Forest in its ACC opener in Thursday's nationally-televised game.

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Report: Boston College close to hiring Ohio State DC Jeff Hafley as head coach

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Report: Boston College close to hiring Ohio State DC Jeff Hafley as head coach

Boston College reportedly is close to hiring its new head football coach.

After parting ways with Steve Addazio earlier this month, the Eagles are close to replacing him with Ohio State defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.

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Hafley helped the Buckeyes finish No. 2 nationally in total defense this season. Prior to joining Ohio State in 2019, Hafley served as a defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.

The move particularly makes sense for BC as it finished the 2019 campaign No. 125 of 130 in total defense. Hafley also has built a reputation over the years as one of the top recruiters in the country.

The formal announcement of Hafley's hiring is expected to be made soon.

Boston College fires head football coach Steve Addazio

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Boston College fires head football coach Steve Addazio

Boston College is moving on from its head football coach Steve Addazio.

BC fired Addazio on Sunday, according to Yahoo Sports. Addazio spent the last seven seasons with the Eagles, fishing his tenure in Chestnut Hill with a 44-44 record.

Boston College ended its 2019 campaign 6-6, but was able to earn a 26-19 road win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. According to Yahoo, "BC brass made the move in the hopes of finding someone who can make the Eagles more competitive in the ACC."

Wide receivers coach Rich Gunnell reportedly will replace Addazio in the interim.

Addazio had signed a two-year contract extension with BC after last season.

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