By:|Marvin Chambers:|4.0 Sports Media
Alumni Stadium-After a frustrating loss against NC State, BC had to come out clicking on all cylinders to beat the opportunistic and underachieving Louisville’s team.
Sophomore quarterback Anthony Brown got the offense rolling when he hit tight end Hunter Long for a touchdown on the right sideline. The Eagles defense forced Louisville to two three and out, Brown then hooked up with Michael Walker on a 42-yard flea flicker that set up a two-yard scamper by Ben Glines.
“I thought our kids were really resilient. They had complete confidence. They were physically playing tough up front. Both sides competing, then special teams. We have the blocked punt by Nolan. We had the blocked PAT by Zach Allen. Mike had a couple of good returns in there, one on kickoff return, a couple of punt returns. Our coverage was outstanding on punt and on kickoff. So I think, again, our special teams played very, very well.” BC Head Coach Steve Addazio said.
The Eagles almost gave the game away with his sloppy play on offense. Louisville ran off 20 consecutive points, 13 of which came off of turnovers. Running back Ben Glines fumbled at Boston College own 6-yard line, the Cardinals scored from the 1-yard line by Malkin Cunningham on a 4th down play.
BC Michael Walke fumbled on the ensuing kick-off, and the Cardinals took full advantage of the opportunity, punching it in from the 3-yard from Hassan Hall. The Eagles defense had problems with the read option in the first half, in that half the Cardinals had a 9 play 73 drive and a 3 yard score by QB Jawon Pass which put Louisville up 20-14.
The game turned around for the Eagles when Nolan Borgersen blocked a punt and Travis Levy recovered in the endzone, putting BC back in the lead. Colton Lichtenberg kicked a 38 yard field goal in the closing seconds of the first half to give the Eagles a 24-20 advantage at the half.
The Eagles in the second half made adjustments to the option and completely shut down the Louisville’s offense. BC offense played keep away in the half and just controlled the clock.
BC leaned heavily on the run game in the second half. At one point David Bailey carried on 11 consecutive plays, and both Bailey and Ben Glines topped the 100-yard mark. The Eagles put together an impressive 13 play 93 yard drive (11 rushes and 2 passes) early in the 4th quarter. Bailey finished the drive off with a 1 yard TD rush to extend the lead to 31-20.
The Eagles put together an long drive, covering 67 yards in 8 plays. Jeff Smith found the end zone from 5- yards out on a jet sweep, putting the game out of reach.
Anthony Brown had an another stellar performance for the Eagles completing 16-22 for 179 yards and a score.