- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State once again couldn’t stop Boston College’s ground game.

Couldn’t stop its long Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak, either.

Make it 11 straight ACC losses for the Wolfpack after BC beat them 30-14 on Saturday behind 132 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Tyler Murphy.

With a line full of fifth-year seniors dominating a freshman-loaded N.C. State defense, the Eagles rushed for 310 yards and four scores while holding the Wolfpack to 43 yards on the ground.

“They are just so big up front,” second-year coach Dave Doeren said. “It’s hard for us to create that situation in practice, and it’s frustrating for all of us.”

Jacoby Brissett - Murphy’s former teammate at Florida - was 14 of 30 for 174 yards with a 16-yard touchdown pass to David Grinnage. He also was intercepted once and sacked four times. N.C. State (4-3, 0-3) lost its third straight.

Tony Creecy added a 2-yard scoring run for the Wolfpack. In the second half, they crossed midfield only once, managed just 56 total yards and didn’t advance deeper than the BC 39.

Murphy had TD runs of 47 and 27 yards and finished 12 of 19 passing for 101 yards for the Eagles (4-2, 1-1), who never trailed and endured a weather delay of nearly an hour to beat N.C. State for the second straight year.

“You’ve got to play great defense. That’s our plan to win,” Addazio said. “For us to win, (defense goes) hand in hand with what we do on offense, and what our program is - it starts with great defense. We’ve got to be able to run the ball.”

The delay, Addazio said, “didn’t faze us a lick.”

Jon Hilliman had a 10-yard touchdown run and receiver Sherman Alston took a reverse 24 yards for a score for Boston College.

The Eagles put this one away with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up 5:42 of critical time midway through the fourth quarter. Nine plays were rushes - including Murphy’s keeper through the right side for the touchdown that iced it with 5 minutes to play.

“I was able to wiggle my way into the end zone,” Murphy said after listing virtually every teammate who threw a block on that run.

That BC ran seemingly at will was no surprise: Last year, the Eagles rolled up 420 yards rushing against them - including an ACC-record 339 by Andre Williams.

N.C. State’s last ACC victory came in BC’s last visit to Raleigh - a 27-10 win in the 2012 regular-season finale.

The Wolfpack were 0-8 in league play during Doeren’s first season and opened the conference schedule this year with losses to Florida State and Clemson - the latter a 41-0 embarrassment in which they managed just 156 total yards.

Play was stopped in this one for 56 minutes due to lightning and thunderstorms in the Raleigh area - with the suspension coming immediately after BC defensive lineman Brian Mihalik intercepted Brissett’s ill-advised pass on the second play of the second half.

Once play resumed on a slick, wet field, the Eagles went nowhere. Mike Knoll’s 28-yard field goal gave BC its largest lead to that point, 24-14.

For a while early in this one - when conditions were sunny and dry - defense was merely a rumor, with the teams combining to score touchdowns on the first five possessions of the game.

“The offense came out in the first half and was on fire,” Addazio said.

The most picturesque of those scores belonged to Murphy - who took a keeper around right end for a long TD that briefly gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead.

After Brissett tied it with his scoring pass to Grinnage, Alston took his long end around to the end zone to make it 21-14 roughly 2½ minutes into the second quarter.

Then, the defenses showed up.

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