Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Dedrick Mills (26) dives over the line for a touchdown with only 35 seconds of the fourth quarter remaining of the game between the Boston College Eagles and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Aviva Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports)

Late TD lifts Georgia Tech past Boston College, ACC skid still in tact for Eagles

Mike Petraglia
September 03, 2016 - 9:54 am

Even a continent away, the misery continues for Boston College. Needing only to stop a fourth-and-19 by Georgia Tech at the Yellow Jackets 32-yard line to seal its first ACC win since 2014, the Eagles defense allowed quatertback Justin Thomas to complete a pass to Qua Searcy for 22 yds to the BC 46 with just over 2:30 left in the game. Seven plays later, Dedrick Mills, who fumbled earlier in the game, ran it in from four yards out for the go-ahead score in a 17-14 Georgia Tech win Saturday in Dublin, Ireland. Mills' touchdown run with 35 seconds remaining capped a drive that included two big completions from Thomas. The senior quarterback also found Ricky Jeune for 26 yards on third dow three plays after his clutch completion to Searcy. Mills totaled 68 yards on the wet ground to pace the Georgia Tech attack. Boston College (0-1, 0-1 ACC), which lost all eight games in conference last year, lost its ninth straight ACC game dating back to a 28-7 win over Syracuse in a brawl-marred game on Nov. 29, 2014 at Alumni Stadium. Georgia Tech (1-0, 1-0 ACC) won its first game played outside of the United States in the 124-year history of the program. The Yellow Jackets' only touchdowns came on their first and last drives of the game. Backup quarterback Matthew Jordan's 3-yard scoring run capped the opening drive. Boston College, which showed its terrific trademark defense until the final drive, held Georgia Tech's spread-option attack to 238 yards, including 121 yards on the ground. The Eagles took a 14-7 lead on quarterback Patrick Towles' 6-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. The graduate transfer from Kentucky, making his first start for the Eagles, threw an interception and lost a fumble in the first half. Boston College never could take full advantage of their supremacy at the line of scrimmage, outgaining Georgia Tech in total yards, 313-238. Jon Hillman's 73-yard touchdown run on the Eagles' first play of the second half tied the game at 7-7. Hillman ran for 102 yards on 17 carries. A common theme through the Boston College struggles has been their inability to convert in the kicking game. That also continued Saturday as sophomore Colton Lichtenberg had a 43-yard field goal blocked in the first half and hooked a 35-yard try wide left in the second half. Steady rain throughout the game made the Aviva Stadium turf somewhat treacherous.