Two days after setting career highs in carries, yards, touchdowns and fumbles in a BC win over Maryland, Rolandan Finch was named the ACC Player of the Week at running back.
The sophomore, thrust into the role of leading back by injuries to Montel Harris and Andre Williams, carried the ball 39 times for 243 yards and two touchdowns to help the Eagles beat the Terps 28-17 in College Park, Md., for their first ACC win and second win of the season.
The 243 yards are third most and the 39 carries are fourth most in a single game in BC history. Finch became the first Eagles running back to amass 200 or more yards in a game since Harris set the single-game record with 256 against NC State in 2009.
In wet, slippery conditions Finch also fumbled twice, losing both.
Asked before practice Wednesday to describe Finch’s running style, BC head coach Frank Spaziani searched for a suitable comparison.
“You know, he’s not a bowling ball but he’s kind of a semi-bowling ball, if you will,” he said.
Then, after a beat, he said with a laugh: “Duckpin, a duckpin ball.”
“That’s the way he looks,” Spaziani said. “He’s compact, he’s got some power and he’s got some vision.”
Finch is a thick-set 5-foot-10 and 209 pounds. The man they call “Deuce” said before the Maryland game that facing the caliber defenses he did in his first two starts (against Clemson and Virginia Tech) would only help him down the road. That proved correct against Maryland.
The Eagles have a quick turnaround this week, as they will play host to Florida State on Thursday night (8 p.m., ESPN).
Can BC keep its bowl-eligibility hopes alive for another week? That may well depend on the team’s new leading rusher (with his big day Saturday, Finch leapfrogged Williams in yards this season and now leads 509-405) keeping the chains moving on the ground.
Of course, FSU is no Maryland. The Seminoles’ D leads the ACC in rushing defense (and total defense), giving up an average of 77 yards a game.
Fresh off their win in Maryland, the Eagles will be hoping their semi-bowling ball back keeps rolling on Thursday night.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.