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BOSTON (AP) - Andre Williams rushed for a career-high 263 yards and tied a school record by running for five touchdowns to lead Boston College to a 48-27 victory over Army on Saturday.
The game was played after the Department of Defense announced that football games involving service academies could be played while the partial government shutdown is in effect.
Williams entered the game as the Atlantic Coast Conference rushing leader with 515 yards and 128.8 per game, then built on that with the best performance of his career. The senior scored on runs of 34, 1, 37 and 3 yards before capping his scoring with another 34-yarder early in the fourth quarter as Boston College took a three-touchdown lead.
BC's single-game rushing record of 264 yards was set by Montel Harris in 2009 against North Carolina State. He also rushed for five touchdowns in that game.
In last year's 34-31 loss to Army, Williams ran for 199 yards, his career high at the time, and two touchdowns, including a 99-yarder. He surpassed that this season with 204 yards rushing in a 24-10 win over Wake Forest.
BC (3-2) led 31-20 after a first half in which the teams scored on the first six possessions and nine of 10, ending with Nate Freese's 49-yard field goal as time expired.
Army (2-4) scored on its first play of the second half on an 80-yard run by Larry Dixon as the Black Knights cut the lead to 31-27.
But then Williams led the Eagles on a 93-yard march, capped by his fourth touchdown on a 3-yard run. He rushed on 10 of the 13 plays for 52 yards. Chase Rettig completed a 39-yard pass to Alex Amidon that moved the ball to the Army 33. Then Williams ran on the remaining five plays.
Freese added a 28-yard field goal before the 227-pound Williams powered through the line again for his fifth touchdown.
Neither defense could do much in the first half.
Daniel Grochowski kicked a 38-yard field goal for Army before the Eagles got the ball. On their first play, Rettig completed a 68-yard pass to Amidon, the longest completion and reception of those players' careers. The drive ended with Rettig's 3-yard scoring pass to Dave Dudeck.
Then Army, a ground-and-pound team that relies on the triple option, fooled the Eagles.
Angel Santiago handed the ball to Terry Baggett, who flipped it back to Santiago as Xavier Moss ran downfield without being guarded. Santiago completed the pass and Moss scored on the 75-yard play. It was the first pass play of the game for Army. And it came after the Black Knights didn't throw a pass in the second half of last Saturday's 35-16 victory over Louisiana Tech.
Then Williams put BC back in control, scoring three touchdowns in a span of 11:19 on runs of 34, 1 and 37 yards.
The 34-yarder made it 14-10 before Dixon gave Army its last lead on a 3-yard touchdown run.