For those who thought Boston College going international would help them end their conference futility, think again.
In Dublin, Ireland, Saturday morning, BC held a lead late but was unable to hold off Georgia Tech in dropping the season opener for both schools by the score of 17-14. Yellow Jackets freshman Dedrick Mills scored from four yards out with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter for what proved to be the winning score.
The Eagles went winless in ACC play last season, with their last conference triumph coming Nov. 29, 2014, against Syracuse. In fact, last academic year, BC became the first FBS university in nearly four decades to go winless in conference play in both football and men’s basketball.
The last to accomplish that ignominious feat? TCU back during the 1976-77 seasons. Northwestern (1920s) and Georgia (1940s) are the other current Power Five conference members who have pulled that off.
In this morning’s continuation of that league futility, BC actually outgained Tech 313-238 in total offense. Three Eagles turnovers (two fumbles, one interception), however, turned into a pair of touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets, including the game-winning score.
Two of those turnovers were attributed to quarterback Patrick Towles, the first-year starter who transferred to BC from Kentucky. Both of those turnovers came in a first half that saw Tech take a 7-0 lead into the locker room.