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.
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.
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.
Anthony Brown threw five touchdowns, and Wyatt Ray tallied four sacks—a new single-game program record—as the Eagles overcame several costly special teams mistakes in their ACC opener victory over Wake Forest.
A.J. Dillon rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns in less than a quarter of work, and BC cruised to its second 30-plus point blowout of the season against longtime New England rival Holy Cross.
The Eagles have used the jet sweep the last few years, but with a capable play-action passing game, it has the potential to be especially tough for opposing defenses to deal with in 2018.
A.J. Dillon can put up Heisman-like numbers, and BC’s defense can rank among the best in the ACC, but, at the end of the day, the team’s season rests in the hands of redshirt sophomore Anthony Brown.