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Patrick Towles and offense struggle in low-scoring Boston College spring football game

Boston College quarterback Patrick Towles during a college football spring scrimmage game in Boston, Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Boston College quarterback Patrick Towles during a college football spring scrimmage game in Boston, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The Associated Press

Kentucky wasn’t alone in holding its annual spring football game on Saturday as a host of schools across the nation wrapped up drills with the final intra-squad scrimmage. That included Boston College.

Only the Eagles were led by a new quarterback Patrick Towles, the former Kentucky starting quarterback who moved to BC as a graduate transfer and will play for the ACC team this season.

Towles completed two of four passes for five yards in Saturday’s game, reports Tim Healey of the Boston Globe.

The play wasn’t as pretty as the weather. Wind knocked the football off the tee before the opening kickoff, and there were no touchdowns. Wade’s Maroon team beat Towles’s White team, 6-2.

Towles completed two of his four official pass attempts, with several more called back, while showing some zip with his right arm. Wade threw for 181 yards on 13-for-19 passing, albeit on a day when statistics — with teams a mishmash of the depth chart after a player-run draft on Friday — weren’t necessarily all that meaningful.

Wade and Towles are in effect battling for the No. 1 spot, with two other quarterbacks — sophomore John Fadule and freshman Anthony Brown — also on the roster. (Two players who saw time under center for the Eagles last fall, sophomores Troy Flutie of Natick and Jeff Smith, are converting to receiver.)

The game was played with a running clock and just 10 minutes per each of the four quarters, but it wasn’t much improvement for a Boston College team that ranked near the bottom of FBS schools in total offense a year ago. The Eagles were 125th out of 127 teams last season.

Healey’s story also talks about Towles’ adjustment to Boston College. The former Highlands star didn’t take a car and is learning about campus while on foot or using Uber.

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