Hilliman's 3 TDs carries BC past Central Michigan 27-8

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BOSTON — Jon Hilliman had two short touchdown runs and caught a pass for another, Michael Walker broke three punt returns that set up scores and Boston College beat Central Michigan 28-8 on Saturday.

A.J. Dillon added a 15-yard TD run for the Eagles (2-3). Anthony Brown completed 14 of 21 passes for just 85 yards, but had a touchdown.

The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Boston College and was Central Michigan’s third straight loss.

After struggling on its first two possessions, BC got a spark when Walker returned a punt 61 yards to Central Michigan’s 6. On the next play, Hilliman busted through the middle for a score that made it 7-2.

Midway into the opening quarter, Walker went 34 yards on a return, giving the Eagles the ball near midfield. BC then marched 53 yards in eight plays, with Dillon going up the middle for the final 15.

After Central Michigan sliced it to 14-8 early in the second on Kumehnnu Gwilly’s 1-yard TD run, Walker gave BC good field position again. The 6-foot junior broke free along the left sideline before being knocked out of bounds after a 27-yard return at Central Michigan’s 17.

The Eagles needed just three plays to score. Hilliman capped the drive with a 2-yard run to make it 21-8.

Brown hit Hilliman for a 3-yard scoring toss midway into the third quarter.

Walker had 124 yards on his first three punt returns, and finished with 135 total yards. Dillon ran 25 times for 120 yards, but was injured on a carry in the final minute and walked off slowly.

Hilliman ran for 89 yards on 23 carries.

Graduate transfer quarterback Shane Morris completed 21 of 42 for 171 yards with three interceptions for Central Michigan (2-3).

THE TAKEAWAY

Central Michigan: The Chippewa’s will need to fix their punt coverage, correct poor penalties and find some consistency offensively to have success in the Mid-American Conference.

Boston College: The Eagles can’t be fooled by an easy win against an inferior opponent. A loss might have stoked conversation about the immediate future of coach Steve Addazio. Now, they need to find a way to win some games in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

UP NEXT

Central Michigan: The Chippewa’s return to conference play and host Ohio next Saturday.

Boston College: The Eagles get back into ACC action, hosting No. 12 Virginia Tech on Saturday night.

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