Going into Wednesday’s Pinstripe Bowl, everyone knows the star players on Iowa and BC. However, which lesser known players on each team will end up being keys to victory?
BC will face off against Iowa for the first time in program history on Dec. 27 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. But the Big Ten foe isn’t really that foreign. In fact, it’s nearly identical to head coach Steve Addazio’s team.
Darius Wade logged a career-high 248 passing yards, A.J. Dillon rushed for more than 190 yards for the third-consecutive game, and the Eagles totaled a season-best 581 yards of offense in the regular season finale.
The Eagles overcame a slow start and steadily wore the Huskies down with the run game, resulting in a 39-16 victory and a bowl game for BC.
The Eagles racked up six touchdowns in the final three quarters of play, and booked a ticket to their second-consecutive bowl game.
The Eagles enter Saturday’s matchup without starting quarterback Anthony Brown and needing a win to secure bowl eligibility.
After injuring his right leg making a cut in Saturday’s loss to NC State, Anthony Brown will require surgery and miss the remainder of 2017.
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.
In a game plagued by miscues on both sides, the Eagles spoiled a great defensive performance in a 17-14 loss to the Wolfpack on Saturday.