The Boston College Eagles were dominated in their regular season finale by the No.20 Syracuse Orange by a final score of 42-21. The Eagles defense was simply overpowered, allowing 559 yards, the most ever given up by a BC team. The main culprit of the Eagles destruction was ‘Cuse quarterback Eric Dungey, who totaled six touchdowns, three rushing and three passing, to go along with 396 total yards of offense. This was possibly his best performance of a tremendous senior season.
The Boston College offense played reasonably well, but a season-high four turnovers was too much to overcome considering how poorly the defense played. AJ Dillon got just 13 touches during the game resulting in 55 total yards. Unfortunately he did not play in the second half due to a recurring ankle injury that has kept the sophomore sensation sidelined for much of the season. Due to the injury, the burden of the offense was put on quarterback Anthony Brown, who threw a career-high 37 passes, completing 17 of them, while totaling 251 yards through the air for three touchdowns and two interceptions.
The injury to Dillon has certainly hindered the development of Brown, who did a great job as a caretaker quarterback early in the season. He did not take on too big of a role while simultaneously not doing anything to lose the game, such as committing turnovers. Through the first ten games of the season in which BC went 7-3, Brown threw more than 30 passes only once, but in the last two he has thrown 36 and 37 respectively, both of which have been losses. While this loss cannot be blamed on Brown due to the horrendous display by the defense, BC needs to find a more capable quarterback who is playing to win the game, not just playing not to lose the game.
Photos from Senior Day
This season is undoubtedly a disappointment for Eagles players and fans alike, considering it started off so well. An early loss to Purdue was a bad omen, but BC bounced back in conference play. They won four of their next five games, including perceived impressive victories against Miami and Virginia Tech, before losing the last three.
While it is certainly unrealistic to expect the Eagles to beat Clemson, getting beaten by a bad Florida State team and not being able to keep it close against the mediocre Orange is not what BC was striving for.
Perhaps the story is that the Eagles were racking up fraudulently impressive wins, considering they didn’t win a single conference game against a team with a better than .500 record in the ACC. While beating Miami and VT may seem like good wins against historically good programs, both the Hurricanes and the Hokies were not up to their normal standards this season, finishing with 4-4 conference records.
BC will now have to wait to find out which bowl game they get, but the program will not be optimistic going into next season. Keeping AJ Dillon is indescribably huge for the offense, but losing defensive weapons such as Zach Allen and Lukas Dennis (both projected to be high draft picks) to the NFL will be tough to come back from.
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