Although the final three games of the regular season ended in disappointing defeats, BC still enters the bowl season having been ranked for the first time since 2008 while additionally hosting College GameDay.
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.
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.
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.
Fourth quarter aside, the Eagles’ defensive performance on Saturday was encouraging to say the least. Their offense, on the other hand, was hit with another injury in the trenches and failed to reach double-digits.
Head coach Steve Addazio said that his team’s defensive meltdown against Notre Dame was a result of missed assignments and tackles. The unit will give it another go against Kelly Bryant and No. 2 Clemson on Saturday.