QB Phil Jurkovec leads Boston College to 38-17 win over Maine


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The Eagles went 1-2 this season.

Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec (5) throws a pass in the second quarter against the University of Maine in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts on September 17, 2022. Matthew Healey for the Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — Phil Jurkovec completed 25 of 37 passes for 320 yards with two touchdowns to lead Boston College past Maine 38-17 on Saturday night for its first win of the season.

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

“We won a game,” BC coach Jeff Hafley said. “Are there things we probably could have done better? Absolutely. Are there any really good things we’ve done? We have improved in many areas. »

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

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

“I think we had one of our best starts of the year,” Black Bears coach Jordan Stevens said. “It was good to see us come out of the start and do a really good job offensively and defensively. I thought it was the most effective we’ve been all year.

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

“We got our first win and the guys have to feel that win,” Jurkovec said. “It was sloppy at times. We let them hang around when we had the chance to seal the game in the second half, but I was really happy with the way the O line played. … Lots of positives we can take advantage of this game.

Williams’ 9-yard throw sweep for a score capped the ensuing drive and made it 21-10. Garwo scored from a 1-yard run with just over a minute left in halftime.

Fagnano’s 17-yard TD throw to Shawn Bowman gave the Black Bears their three-point advantage.

TAKE AWAY

Maine: Played hard, especially early on, jumping ahead and sacking Jurkovec twice — once each — in the first two drives. That’s something that should help when the Black Bears open Colonial Athletic Association play.

Boston College: The schedule is coming back to reality for the Eagles, who return to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the next four weeks. They’ll have to find a way to better protect Jurkovec with a very young offensive line if they’re to earn more than seven wins for the first time since 2009.

Demonstration of support

Despite starting 0-2, Hafley said he received a lot of encouragement this week. “I appreciate all the calls and texts this week,” he said. “It means a lot.”

TEMPERATURE

It was a bit of a rough first half with at least half a dozen skirmishes, including one at the very end of the half when a few BC players were in the middle of a group of players. of Maine as the teams headed to their locker rooms. .

Most of the mini-incidents happened when the BC defense was on the field.

NEXT

Maine: Host Villanova on Oct. 1.

Boston College: At Florida State next Saturday night.



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