Trailing by a touchdown at the break, the Eagles’ defense responded by only allowing 147 yards and seven points in the second half, setting the stage for BC’s first win over Virginia Tech in four years.
David Bailey ran for 112 yards on 28 carries as BC controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage, holding Louisville to just 47 yards rushing on 32 carries in its 38-20 win over the Cardinals Saturday.
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.
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.
Despite the Eagles managing to squeak out a win over Temple thanks to a career day for Ben Glines, both the run defense and the first-down playcalling remain cause for concern.
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.
E.J. Perry and Matt McDonald got chances to shine in the Eagles blowout win over Holy Cross on Saturday as they combined to throw for almost 200 yards and four touchdowns.
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.