FOOTBALL: Williams' Injury Deals Another Blow
Published: Monday, November 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 19:01
One play that was particularly questionable for the Eagles came in the fourth quarter with the Eagles down 28-14. Running back David Dudeck broke through the middle for a nine-yard gain. On third down and one yard to go, Spaziani called for a run for Dudeck, which was stopped for no gain. On fourth down, Rettig took the snap and ran around the right side of the line for the option sweep. With defenders closing in, Rettig awkwardly short-armed the ball to Dudeck for a loss of two yards.
On the other side of the ball, the Demon Deacons were contained on first and second down for several key series, yet third and fourth-down situations became nearly impossible for the BC defense to overcome. Clancy acknowledged this as a common problem for the defense this season, and blamed a simple lack of execution for the late-drive struggles.
“It’s hard to describe,” he said. “We work so hard for those first two downs to get into that situation where it’s third-and-long, but we just find a way to shoot ourselves in the foot. Whether it is a missed assignment or a misalignment or a guy missing coverage, it’s all just execution. We have guys going out there and busting their butts, but it means nothing unless you execute it correctly.”