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Boston College blasts UMass 55-21 in Bay State showdown

A disastrous second quarter buried the Minutemen.

Massachusetts v Boston College

UMass broke out the all-white jerseys Saturday in time for their throwdown with Boston College. By halftime, they were best used for waving as a flag in full surrender.

The Eagles imposed their will, racking up 34 second quarter points en route to a 55-21 win at Chestnut Hill.

And it wasn't even that close.

Boston College sophomore quarterback Anthony Brown was impressive piloting the Eagles to seven first half scoring drives. Brown missed a handful of games last season due to injury.

Boston College also found plenty of success running the ball with AJ Dillon (98 yards on 20 carries) and Davon Jones (39 rushing yards on six carries and two touchdowns).

Massachusetts v Boston College
The UMass offense met plenty of resistance Saturday at Chestnut Hill.

Down 21-7, a key fourth and short for UMass was stuffed near midfield, which seemed to take most of the air out of the balloon early.

The few big plays for UMass were erased quickly.

A big kick return by Marquis Young deep into BC territory became a moot point moments later. A Bilal Ally fumble had the Eagles going back down field for another scoring drive.

UMass had their difficulties on both sides of the ball. What was already a tragic first half concluded with a 59-yard interception return for touchdown by Boston College defensive back Lukas Denis.

The pick-six made the halftime score BC 48, UMass 7.

Sigh.

Even after a second half heavy with garbage time minutes, everything pointed in BC's favor. The Eagles outgained the Minutemen, 622-315 in total yards from scrimmage. UMass turned the ball over three times, including an interception during a productive opening drive of the second half, which put to bed any overly optimistic thoughts of the greatest comeback in school history.

So, here we are. Two games in. One blowout win and one blowout loss. UMass must have a short memory and regroup.

The all-white jerseys might need to find a trash heap for the rest of the year.

Next week: at Georgia Southern