BC—at one point ranked the 23rd-best team in the country—is 5-2 through seven games of play. Before the Eagles kick off the back half of the schedule, it’s a good time to hand out some midseason awards.
David Bailey ran for 112 yards on 28 carries as BC controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage, holding Louisville to just 47 yards rushing on 32 carries in its 38-20 win over the Cardinals Saturday.
Freshman running back David Bailey made his first appearance since Week Two and racked up 112 yards and a touchdown in just three quarters of play, enabling BC to pull away from the Cardinals in the second half.
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 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.
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.