The Boston College Eagles’ comeback come up short on Saturday against the No. 23 NC State Wolfpack. The final score was 28-23. This was certainly a game of two halves. NC State, behind quarterback Ryan Finley, completely dominated BC in the first 30 minutes. Finley completed 25 of his 34 attempts for 308 yards while throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Wolfpack outscored the Eagles 21-3 in the first half, looking completely dominant through the air. The receiving duo of Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers utterly manhandled the Eagles secondary, combining for 19 receptions, 227 yards, and two touchdowns, despite Finley’s two picks. BC’s offense, meanwhile, looked constipated without star running back AJ Dillon, who missed the game with an ankle injury. The Eagles were unable to get a single 3rd down conversion in the first half, finishing 1-10 on the day.
The script flipped in the second half as the Eagles finally came to life and made some big plays. Special teams, in particular, was huge as they managed a blocked field goal and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. Defensively, sophomore linebacker John Lamot forced a fumble. The offense also came to life with running back Ben Glines attempting to fill the hole left by Dillon. Glines finished the day with 113 yards of total offense and two touchdowns, both of which came in the second half. Anthony Brown also played a decent game, going 14-for-25 with 198 yards and a touchdown without being picked off. The comeback fell short, however, as an attempted offside kick with three minutes remaining was unsuccessful. From that point, the Wolfpack were able to run out the clock.
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What started off as a promising season for the Eagles has screeched to a halt with this loss. This year will likely be another mediocre one. With NC State now firmly the challenger to Clemson in the ACC Atlantic, BC’s chances of making a surprise run through the division and into the conference title game appear over. While most accolades are improbable, the Eagles still have a lot of fun games remaining in their schedule. That fun starts with the Red Bandana game in three weeks versus Miami. If AJ Dillon can return to full health, the fans will have a chance to see a Heisman hopeful lead his team against some high-quality opponents.
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