Eagles Slug Their Way to Red Bandana Game Win
By Nic Ferreira
Boston College may have come into this game 1-2 in its last three contests, and 5-24 against Miami all-time, but none of that mattered at Alumni Stadium on Friday night, as the Eagles earned a convincing 27-14 win over the Hurricanes in front of a crowd of 41,892 fans. AJ Dillon, playing in his first game coming off of an ankle injury, gained 25 yards on his first carry, and the Eagles never looked back. Dillon’s usage showed that he was not on a limited snap count—he finished with 32 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown, and also caught two passes for 18 yards.
BC moved the ball quickly down the field in the first half, as Anthony Brown led the BC offense to seventeen points in their first three drives. Brown did a little bit of everything, notching a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown, and even caught a 27-yard pass, as BC coach Steve Addazio brought out his bag of tricks to jumpstart the Eagles offense early.
The game was flashy and featured lots of offense in the first half, but turned into a physical, defensive contest late. Both teams were held to less than 140 total yards in the second half, and the only points scored in the second half BC scores off of two Malik Rosier interceptions that put the Eagles right in field goal range.
The one area BC struggled in this contest was in special teams, an area that has been a problem for the Eagles all season. The Eagles had trouble defending kick returns, as Miami had great starting field position early on, and later in the second half, a kickoff went out of bounds.
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
The defining point in the game was a goal line stand by the BC defense that kept the game at 27-14. The Canes offense was fighting for a chance to bring the score to a one-possession game, but an incomplete pass on fourth down gave the Eagles the ball back and allowed them to eat up the clock.
The win moved the Eagles to 6-2 on the season, as they head to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech next Saturday.