Eagles Take Flight in Season Opener Against Maine




CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (bceagles.com and AP) - Tyler Rouse rushed for 81 yards scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, allowing Boston College to pull away from Maine 24-3 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.

Darius Wade added 155 yards passing and a touchdown.

The Eagles defense dominated Maine, holding the Black Bears to just 91 yards of total offense, including seven yards rushing.

Maine led 3-0 after the first quarter on a 39-yard field goal by Sean Decloux with 11:05 left.

Boston College took the lead with 26 seconds left in the first half on an 11-yard pass from Wade to Swigert. Wade rolled out to the left and Swigert made the diving catch. The touchdown came on the Eagles' third trip inside the Maine 20.

Alex Howell added a 31-yard field goal on a drive in which BC moved the ball to the Black Bears' 4, but Maine's Trevor Bates sacked Wade at the 12 after he slipped.

After a scoreless third quarter, Rouse expanded the Eagles lead with a 21-yard touchdown run with 13:51 left in the fourth. The drive started at the BC 10 with 2:42 remaining in the third. Wade connected with Rouse for a 14-yard gain, moving the ball to the BC 30. On back-to-back plays, Thad Smith and Wade gained 18 and 17 yards to the Maine 21 before Rouse scored.

Rouse added his second touchdown on a 45-yard gain with 11:42 left. The Eagles drive was set up by freshman defensive back William Harris, who intercepted Maine quarterback Dan Collins on a Gabriel McClary tipped ball.

Collins completed just 12 of his 29 passes for 84 yards. The Black Bears offense did not cross the 50-yard line after its first possession.

The Boston College defense sacked Collins 3.5 time's total. Matt Milano finished with two and Medhi Abdesmad added 1.5.

This was BC's fifth straight win over Maine.

The Eagles host Howard University on Sept. 12. Maine next visits Tulane on Sept. 19.