In what was one of the most hyped games in recent Boston College football history, they proved yet again they aren’t ready. The 17th ranked Eagles took on the the second ranked Clemson Tigers at Alumni Stadium Saturday night in primetime. At one point, BC had a 7-3 lead against the Tigers,but that was the lone bright spot for Boston College. BC lost the game 27-7 which clinched the ACC Atlantic Division for the Clemson Tigers yet again.
What Went Wrong?
Only mustering up 113 yards of total offense, allowing 424 and scoring one touchdown on a special teams blunder by Clemson. Not what BC needs if they’re trying to prove “they’re back”.
Starting quarterback Anthony Brown left the game in the first quarter after a questionable hit by Clemson defensive end Christian Wilkins. Boston College isn’t releasing much information other than saying that it’s an abdominal injury and head coach Steve Addazio is hopeful he’ll be back before next week’s game at Florida State.
After Brown’s exit, BC’s offense became extremely elementary. The Eagles called upon back-up E.J. Perry who finished the game 12-21 with 98 yards. Granted the offensive gameplan changes when a back up is in but the offense became glaringly predictable. Very rarely did BC throw downfield on first down but when they did, they were successful. But it also doesn’t help when your QB and center aren’t on the same page and a shotgun snap loses you 32 yards setting up a 2nd and 42. But what offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler called after that was atrocious. A run for -2 bringing up 3rd and 44 and a screen pass that lost five bringing up 4th and 49. However; BC did manage to get a muffed punt out of it and another first down but penalties and poor play calling stalled the Eagles yet again.
Heisman hopeful AJ Dillon only could muster 39 yards on 16 carries. Safe to say that after that lackluster performance, Dillon is officially off of the Heisman watch.
So What Now For BC?
Now sitting at 7-3 on the year and 22nd in the most recent AP poll, they’re already guaranteed another bowl appearance. They’ll most likely handle Florida State in Tallahassee next week giving them win number eight. But their senior day matchup against 12th ranked Syracuse will determine if they’re bowling in New York in December or somewhere warm in the south.
So yet another disappointing season for Boston College, nothing new there. Every single year we buy into the hype and every single year we wonder why. It’s unfortunate because they have great talent, just not a great coach. What they really need is a new head coach and offensive coordinator.
-Brian Berard (@CouchGuyBrian)
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