By:Marvin Chambers:|4.0 Sports Media
CHESTNUT HILL, the Massachusetts-The matchup between Boston College and Miami were the 30th time in series history Friday night. BC is 5-24 all-time against the Canes. It was the first meeting between the two schools since Miami’s 41-32 victory at Alumni Stadium in the 2012 season.
The Eagles(6-2, 3-1) defeated the Hurricanes (5-3, 2-2) 27-14, on Friday night at Alumni Stadium in front of a crowd of 41, 892, who were also foes in the Big East Conference before the ACC. With the lost the Canes is in danger of missing out on the Coastal Division title of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Despite the loss, the Canes remain ranked among the nation’s best statistical teams in multiple categories, including several on the defensive side.
“In the end we just didn’t execute well enough to win,’’ UM coach Mark Richt said. “And that’s both sides of the ball.’’
UM lost its second game in a row and are now 2-6 in their past eight games against Power 5 teams. and fell to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
The Eagles offense was clicking on all cylinders and dialed up big plays when they needed them.
What happened? Richt was asked.
“Well, we got beat,’’ Richt said softly.
BC jumped started their offense by a couple of trick plays, the Eagles (6-2, 3-1) jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the opening quarter.
Eagles running back AJ Dillon, in his first return after missing two games with a ankle injury, rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries. Dillon picked up those tough yards between tackles when they needed that spark.
UM, senior quarterback, Malik Rosier started off 8 of 9 but finished 18 of 36 for 150 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Rosier who was sacked three times, also ran 14 times for 71 yards.
Rosier threw for a touchdown to tie the score at 7-7 with 6:03 left in the first quarter, but Miami never led in the contest.
The closest UM got was a 17-14 halftime deficit after running back DeeJay Dallas took a direct snap and ran in 10 yards for a touchdown up the middle.
“N’Kosi, we had plans to get him in there, but it was just one of those games we couldn’t do it. I thought Malik was playing well. The game, we were behind and needed to battle and get back in it and we did. We got within three and got within six at one time. Even when it was 13, we were at the 9 at the turn of the fourth quarter. You score right there and it’s a whole new ballgame. We just didn’t get it done.’’ Richt said.
The Canes offense mustered 304 yards — 155 running and 149 passing.
On fourth-and-goal from the Eagles’ 3-yard line with nearly 13 minutes left in regulation, Rosier’s pass to Darrell Langham in the corner of the end zone was slightly tipped by safety Will Harris jumping the route, the Eagles maintained their 27-14 lead and never looked back.
“Everyone has to take accountability. We can’t point fingers at one another because that’s when the team starts to fall apart. We still have a long season.’’ Rosier said.
UM’s defense, which entered the game No. 2 nationally in total defense, allowed 426 yards — the most UM has allowed has all season.
The Canes had already allowed 170 total yards — 113 passing and 57 rushing — and nine first downs by the time Boston College made it 14-7 with 2:50 left in the opening quarter. By the end of the first quarter, the Eagles had 209 yards, 152 through the air and 11 first downs. By halftime, BC had 294 yards and they were feeling good about their chances.
“We pride ourselves on defense,’’ said safety Sheldrick Redwine, who had a stinger on his left shoulder in the fourth quarter. “We’ve got to tackle better. There were many opportunities we had for [tackles for loss]. We couldn’t get the ball on the ground. The little stuff spit. But everything is going to be alright.
“You know, you always want to win. Losses hurt. I love football, too. All the losses hurt me. We started off well last year. But that was last year. It’s this year. We still got more games to go. We’ve just got to finish off strong.’’
BC quarterback Anthony Brown finished the game 15-28 for 152 yards, touchdown, and an interception, with 7 carries for 41 yards. Brown also had a passing rating of 103.8 for the contest.
The Eagles will travel to Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech for a Nov. 3 game at Lane Stadium. It is a 3:45 start time on CHSS.