Whether it was chasing Massachusetts’ quarterbacks out of the pocket or dialing up long completions for Anthony Brown, BC executed a nearly perfect game plan—the few struggles were largely on special teams—and rolled over the Minutemen.
Starting quarterback Anthony Brown took a preseason-high 30 or so snaps, and the running back corps—ranging from A.J. Dillon to John Fadule—paced the first and second-team offenses, from start to finish.
Backup quarterback Matt McDonald picked up right where he left off this spring in BC’s first scrimmage of training camp, but, as a whole, the team’s performance was tainted by 10 penalties.
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.
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.
A.J. Dillon rushed for 149 yards, and Anthony Brown added two more touchdowns to his career total, as BC racked up 35 points—its most ever against FSU—in the fourth annual Welles Crowther Red Bandana game.
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.
The Eagles’ 12th-ranked secondary got torched for 322 yards by freshman Josh Jackson and Virginia Tech on Saturday night.
The Eagles entered the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game with a chance to pull off one of the biggest upsets in program history. Judging by the final score, you’d never know.