A strong defensive second half saw the Boston College Eagles defeat the Louisville Cardinals in an important conference victory by a final score of 38-20. BC jumped out to an early lead, scoring the first two touchdowns of the game and looking firmly in control. Louisville came roaring back, however, scoring three straight touchdowns (minus one extra point) to take a 20-14 lead.
The Eagles would retake the lead shortly after and not relinquish it. They scored 24 consecutive points and kept the Cardinals off the board completely in the second half.
It was an all-around team victory, with the offense, defense and special teams putting in a good effort. With AJ Dillon missing his second game in a row, running backs David Bailey and Ben Glines combined for tremendous performances, totaling 219 yards and two touchdowns. Anthony Brown, meanwhile, continued to do his part by not turning the ball over and leading the Eagles offense up and down the field in the second half. The redshirt sophomore finished the game 16-22 with 179 yards and a touchdown.
The BC defense produced a master class in rushing the quarterback and consequently totaled seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Projected first-round pick Zach Allen registered seven tackles and senior defensive end Wyatt Ray added three sacks. The Eagles also managed to convert two of the four fourth-down attempts, one of which was part of a scoring drive.
This win was important for BC for multiple reasons. A win going into a bye is always important. Because of the victory, the Eagles are riding a high note as they prepare for what is, without a doubt, the most difficult four-game stretch of their schedule this season.
The Miami Hurricanes, also on a bye this upcoming week, will travel to Chestnut Hill for the all-important Red Bandana game, having just suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Virginia Cavaliers. The Eagles then travel to the ACC Coastal leading Virginia Tech Hokies, before returning home to face Clemson, and then going on the road again to Florida State. They will need some help, but BC could find themselves back in a race for the ACC Atlantic depending on the result of next week’s matchup between Clemson and NC State.
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