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Boston College Eagles Rout UMass Minutemen 45-17

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Boston College's Tahj Kimble, foreground left, carries the ball into the end zone in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Massachusetts in Boston, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston College’s Tahj Kimble, foreground left, carries the ball into the end zone in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Massachusetts in Boston, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) — Chase Rettig threw for three touchdowns and Boston College’s linebackers returned two fumbles for scores to lead the Eagles to their first win of the season, routing Massachusetts 45-17 on Saturday.

The Eagles (1-3) were off to their worst start since opening 1991 with four losses under then-coach Tom Coughlin.

Kevin Pierre-Louis returned a fumble 96 yards for a TD and Nick Clancy had one of 20. Jesse Julmiste had a 100-yard kickoff return for a score for the Minutemen, and Jonathan Hernandez carried 22 times for 80 yards and a TD.

Massachusetts (2-1), a Football Championship Subdivision school, is making the first of a two-year jump into the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Minutemen will be part of the Mid-American conference in 2013.

It was the 24th meeting between the schools, dating back to the first in 1899. BC leads 19-5, winning its seventh straight.

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