BC will host Louisville—losers of three straight—on Saturday afternoon, looking to record its first ACC win in practically month and get back over .500 in conference play.
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.
Redshirt freshman Matt McDonald threw three touchdowns, outplaying his counterpart, E.J. Perry, and Elijah Robinson hauled in a pair of highlight-reel catches, effectively stealing the show in the annual exhibition game.
Anthony Brown may not be able to take any reps at Quarterback just yet, but there will be a lot of new things to see from the offense Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles led by a touchdown at the break, but poor special teams and struggles to adjust to the harsh conditions resulted in a poor second half and a Pinstripe Bowl defeat at the hands of Iowa.
Even though BC outgained the Hawkeyes by 183 yards and controlled the clock, it turned the ball over three times, including twice in the fourth quarter, handing the New Era Pinstripe Bowl to its Big Ten foe.
A.J. Dillon ran all over NC State’s 26th-ranked rush defense for 196 yards, on his way to becoming BC’s all-time freshman rushing leader, but even that wasn’t enough to make up for the Eagles’ deficiencies.
Anthony Brown completed close to 80 percent of his passes and tossed three touchdowns in what was the Eagles’ largest margin of victory against an ACC opponent in the Steve Addazio era.
Like the first five weeks of the season, BC’s offense struggled to finish drives against the Hokies. But for the first time all year, it couldn’t lean on its special teams and secondary to keep the game competitive.
On paper, the Eagles’ Week Four win was just what they needed: a 20-point blowout. But a subpar passing game, missed field goals, and two late-game turnovers raise some serious questions.