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Boston College’s new AD will be youngest in the Power Five


Boston College’s new AD will be youngest in the Power Five

The new boss for Boston College athletics hasn’t been on the job long, but he’s already setting a new standard.

Thursday afternoon, BC announced the hiring of Martin Jarmond as its new athletic director.  Jarmond comes to Chestnut Hill from Ohio State, where he served as the university’s deputy director of athletics.

According to the school, the 37-year-old Jarmond becomes the youngest athletic director at a Power Five school.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as the William V. Campbell Director of Athletics at Boston College,” said Jarmond in a statement. “I am grateful to Fr. Leahy and Boston College for entrusting me with this role. I have always believed that the commitment to high academic standards and competing at the highest level athletically are not mutually exclusive. The opportunity to serve at a top-notch academic institution in the ACC is a dream come true for me. I am passionate about helping young people develop and integrate the intellectual, athletic, social and spiritual components of their lives.

“My leadership style is consistent with BC’s values: operating with integrity, passion, and a relentless focus on getting better every day. I can assure you that I will put in the work to make our students, alumni, and fans proud of BC athletics. I knew it would take a special place to leave Ohio State. It is clear to me that Boston College is that place.”

Jarmond replaces Brad Bates, who is leaving to become vice president of Collegiate Sports Associates in June.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Wimbush runs Notre Dame past BC, 49-20


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Wimbush runs Notre Dame past BC, 49-20

BOSTON - Brandon Wimbush ran for four touchdowns and 207 yards - a record for a Notre Dame quarterback - and Josh Adams had 229 rushing yards on Saturday to help the Irish respond to their fall from the rankings with a 49-20 victory over Boston College.

Wimbush scored on runs of 1, 2, 3, and 65 yards, setting up two other touchdowns with 46- and 32-yard runs. Adams broke free for 65- and 64-yard runs but was chased down both times by BC defensive back Isaac Yiadom.

In the matchup of the only two Catholic schools in FBS - a rivalry known as the "Holy War" - Notre Dame (2-1) led just 14-13 midway through the third quarter before scoring the next three touchdowns to beat the Eagles for the sixth straight time.

After BC (1-2) was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 on the Notre Dame 30, Wimbush broke downfield for 46 yards to set up Tony Jones' 1-yard touchdown. Adams opened the next Irish possession with a 36-yard run, Wimbush connected with Durham Smythe for 33 yards, and then two plays later the quarterback headed for the pylon to give the Irish a 28-13 lead.

When Notre Dame got the ball back, Wimbush broke right and then cut back across the field, outracing the BC defense 65 yards to the end zone.

Freshman Anthony Brown connected with Charlie Callinan on fourth-and-goal from the 14 for BC's second touchdown of the game, cutting the deficit to 35-20. But Wimbush again got loose, running 32 yards to the 3.

Dexter Williams ran it in from there and added a 15-yard score with 4:57 left to make it 49-20.

Wimbush completed 11 of 24 passes for 96 yards, with one interception. In all, the Irish ran for 515 yards on 51 carries.

Brown was 24 of 40 for 215 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Benkert's record day lifts Virginia over UConn, 38-18


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Benkert's record day lifts Virginia over UConn, 38-18

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Kurt Benkert passed for a school-record breaking 455 yards and Virginia avenged a heartbreak loss last season with a 38-18 victory over Connecticut on Saturday.

Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall praised his signal caller for his ability to direct a vertical offense.

"I think our quarterback had a very strong day, not only in accuracy completion percentage, but on the downfield throws, which we had talked about from a week ago," Mendenhall said of his senior quarterback.

Virginia came in a rare double-digit favorite and the Cavaliers (2-1) jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Benkert, a fifth-year senior, broke his own passing record of 421 yards set last season against Central Michigan with a 73-yard touchdown pass to Andre Levrone in the middle of the fourth quarter. Levrone finished with a career-high 127 yards on four catches.

Mendenhall discussed the success his offense had attacking UConn's 3-3-5 defense.

"Each and every week, the matchups are different," Mendenhall said. "There has been lots of time spent playing against that system. Our offensive staff put together a really nice plan with something we've spent a lot of time dissecting, and the execution was strong."

The Huskies offense struggled to keep pace with the constant pressure of the Virginia front early. UConn (1-1) went 1 of 4 on red zone possessions - including two turnovers and a turnover-on-downs.

Olamide Zaccheaus became the 37th Virginia player to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards with a catch in the second quarter, then added a 30-yard touchdown reception from Benkert in the third. He finished with nine catches for 122 yards.

His touchdown catch came on an audible directed by Benkert. "That's just something we've been working on over the summer," Benkert said about the audible. "If they give us a certain look that I see, and he (Zaccheaus) gives me the nod, we see the same thing."

UConn finally got on the scoreboard with Bryant Shirreffs' 60-yard touchdown pass to Hergy Mayala in the third. Mayala finished with two catches - both touchdowns - for 77 yards.