Without Lamar Jackson, Louisville’s defensive deficiencies have been on full display this season, most notably the Cardinals’ inability to stop the run—the bread and butter of BC’s offense.
The Eagles special teams unit turned in an impressive performance for the first time this season, but it was offset by an offense that took almost three full quarters to find any success in a disappointing loss.
The Eagles forced four turnovers throughout the day and scored 20 points in the final 18 minutes of regulation, but even that kind of performance wasn’t enough to make up for BC’s offensively-challenged slow start.
For the second-straight year, Duke lost its first game of the season following a 4-0 start, and other early-season favorites like Boston College looked more vulnerable than expected.
After averting crisis this past weekend, BC will prepare to square off against the Wolfpack, with health concerns surrounding A.J. Dillon and Jeff Smith—the team’s leading rusher and top receiver.
For the last six years, a flawed offensive strategy and inattention to special teams has made it much more difficult than it should be for BC to win games.
Despite the Eagles managing to squeak out a win over Temple thanks to a career day for Ben Glines, both the run defense and the first-down playcalling remain cause for concern.
Temple outgained BC, 452-429, in total yards, forced two turnovers, and nearly staged a late-game comeback, but thanks to Ben Glines and the Eagles’ offense, the program improved to 4-1 for the first time since 2009.