GAMEDAY College Football

Boston College 38, Maine 17

By KEN POWTAK
Associated Press

BOSTON - Phil Jurkovec completed 25 of 37 passes for 320 yards with two touchdowns to lead Boston College past Maine 38-17 for its first victory of the season.

Pat Garwo III had two scoring runs, Jaden Williams added one, and Zay Flowers and George Takacs each had a TD catch for the Eagles (1-2). Flowers' was a 51-yarder.

"We won a game," BC coach Jeff Hafley said. "Are there things that we probably could have done better? Definitely. Are there some really good things we did? We improved in a lot of areas."

Joe Fagnano went 21 for 43 with 289 yards passing with two TDs and two interceptions for the Black Bears (0-3).

Maine, a heavy underdog, led 10-7 in the opening quarter before BC scored on three of its next four possessions to open a 28-10 halftime edge.

"I thought we had one of our better starts of the year," Black Bears coach Jordan Stevens said. "It was good to see us come out from the beginning and do a really good job offensively and defensively. I thought it was the most efficient we've been all year."

Jurkovec's 2-yard TD toss to tight end Takacs in the left corner of the end zone with just over a minute left in the opening quarter gave the Eagles the lead for good.

"We got our first win and guys have got to feel that win," Jurkovec said. "It was sloppy at times. We let them hang around when we had a chance to seal the game in the second half, but I was really pleased with how the O-line played. ... A lot of positives that we can build on from this game."

Williams' 9-yard jet sweep for a score capped the ensuing drive and made it 21-10. Garwo scored on a 1-yard run with just over a minute left in the half.

Fagnano's 17-yard TD toss to Shawn Bowman gave the Black Bears their three-point edge.

THE TAKEAWAY

Maine: Played tough, especially early, jumping ahead and sacking Jurkovec twice - once each - in the initial two drives. It's something that should help when the Black Bears open Colonial Athletic Association play.

Boston College: The schedule gets back to reality for the Eagles, who return to Atlantic Coast Conference play the next four weeks. They'll need to find a way to protect Jurkovec better with a very young offensive line if they're going to get more than seven victories for the first time since 2009.

SHOW OF SUPPORT

Despite the 0-2 start, Hafley said he got a lot of encouragement this week. "I appreciate all the calls and texts this week," he said. "That means a lot."

TEMPERS

It was somewhat of a chippy first half with at least a half-dozen skirmishes, including one at the very end of the half when a couple of BC players were in the middle of a group of Maine's as the teams were heading to their locker rooms.

Most of the mini dustups came when BC's defense was on the field.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MaineBC
Maine FG 6:15 Cole Baker 45 yd FG 3 0
BC TD 4:22 Zay Flowers 51 yd pass from Phil Jurkovec (Connor Lytton kick) 3 7
Maine TD 3:33 Shawn Bowman 17 yd pass from Joe Fagnano (Cole Baker kick) 10 7
BC TD 1:12 George Takacs 2 yd pass from Phil Jurkovec (Connor Lytton kick) 10 14
Second Quarter MaineBC
BC TD 12:04 Jaden Williams 9 yd run (Connor Lytton kick) 10 21
BC TD 1:08 Pat Garwo III 1 yd run (Connor Lytton kick) 10 28
Third Quarter MaineBC
BC FG 11:14 Connor Lytton 46 yd FG 10 31
Maine TD 7:44 Montigo Moss 4 yd pass from Joe Fagnano (Cole Baker kick) 17 31
Fourth Quarter MaineBC
BC TD 1:48 Pat Garwo III 30 yd run (Connor Lytton kick) 17 38
Team Stats
  Maine Boston College
First downs 17 22
  Rushing 4 6
  Passing 13 13
  Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Efficiency 6-15, 40% 6-14, 43%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 29-89 33-111
Passing Yards 289 320
Return Yards 170 152
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-43-2 25-37-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--14 3--18
Punts 6 5
Punts-Average 43.3 33.2
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-60 2-15
Time of Possession 26:43 33:17
Maine Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Fagnano 21 43 289 2 2
Boston College Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
P. Jurkovec 25 37 320 2 0
Maine Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Banks 6 34 5.7 0
J. Fagnano 9 26 2.9 0
E. Barnwell 8 15 1.9 0
F. Brock 5 14 2.8 0
J. Gay 1 0 0.0 0
Boston College Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
P. Garwo III 17 78 4.6 2
A. Broome 8 32 4.0 0
C. Barfield 3 9 3.0 0
J. Williams 1 9 9.0 1
P. Jurkovec 4 -17 -4.3 0
Maine Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Z. Scott 8 135 16.9 0
M. Moss 6 43 7.2 1
S. Bowman 3 34 11.3 1
T. Baptiste 1 29 29.0 0
F. Brock 1 29 29.0 0
R. Jones 1 10 10.0 0
M. Monios 1 9 9.0 0
Boston College Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Z. Flowers 8 89 11.1 1
G. Takacs 7 66 9.4 1
J. Williams 3 60 20.0 0
J. Gill 2 54 27.0 0
L. Bond 2 27 13.5 0
A. Sinkfield 2 18 9.0 0
J. Griffin Jr. 1 6 6.0 0
Maine Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Boston College Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Arnold 1 49
J. Maitre 1 0
Maine Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Cooey 6 260 43.3
Boston College Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Longman 5 166 33.2
Maine Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Hennie 1 2 2.0
Boston College Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Gill 2 12 6.0
Z. Flowers 1 13 13.0
Maine Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Ewing 6 168 28.0
Boston College Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Gill 2 61 30.5
J. Williams 1 17 17.0
Maine Missed FG
Player Length
Boston College Missed FG
Player Length
C. Lytton 39
C. Lytton 28




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