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.
Steve Addazio and the Eagles went for it on fourth down four separate times against Louisville, an aggressiveness that the sixth-year coach has picked up over the last few 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.
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.
Without Lamar Jackson, Louisville’s defensive deficiencies have been on full display this season, most notably the Cardinals’ inability to stop the run—the bread and butter of BC’s offense.
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.
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.