The Eagles had a chance to clinch their first eight-win season since 2009, but Steve Addazio elected to punt the game away to Florida State, which kept its 36-year bowl streak alive with a 74-yard game-winning touchdown.
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.
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.
A.J. Dillon looked vulnerable for the first time as a starter, Anthony Brown threw four interceptions, and the entire BC team—both offense and defense—was given a reality check in West Lafayette, Ind.
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.
From 1896 to 1986, the Eagles squared off against Holy Cross 82 times—now that the Crusaders’ football scholarships are restored, the rivalry, lopsided or not, is back.