Boston College took advantage of a soft opponent to bring an end to its three-game losing streak.
The Eagles bolstered an unimpressive offensive performance with an unyielding defense and productive special teams to secure a 28-8 victory over Central Michigan before 27,036 at Alumni Stadium. BC improved to 2-3 and will resume ACC play by welcoming Virginia Tech next Saturday night (7:10).
BC garnered 309 yards of total offense with 224 on the ground. Freshman A.J. Dillon ran for 120 yards on 25 carries before leaving the game with an apparent upper body injury with less than a minute to play.
BC opened the third quarter with its first sustained mistake free drive to take a 28-8 with 7:40 to play. Tailback Jon Hilliman carried the ball seven times for 41 yards and scored his third touchdown of the match on a 3-yard toss from quarterback Anthony Brown.
The Eagles offset a pair of horrific first quarter blunders on offense with three spectacular punt returns by Michael Walker to take a 21-8 lead at the half.
The Eagles were stuffed on a fourth and 1 on their own 44 yard line on their first possession. The offense gave up a safety on the next possession to fall behind 2-0 when Hilliman was tackled in the end zone.
BC responded with a career long 61-yard punt return by Walker to the Central Michigan 6-yard line. BC went up 7-2 on a dive by Hilliman for his first score of the season with 11:46 to play.
Walker rambled 34 yards on his next return to the BC 47. A.J Dillon capped an eight play drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. Walker returned a punt 29 yards to the Central Michigan 17 to set up the Eagles finals score of the half, a 2-yard plunge by Hilliman with 4:03 remaining.