Boston College 27, Miami 14
What Happened: Boston College came out hot in the cold, getting an Anthony Brown touchdown pass to opening the scoring, and a five-yard scoring run on the way to a 17-7 lead.
Miami fought back with a DeeJay Dallas touchdown run to pull wishing three late in the second quarter, but the Eagle scored ten unanswered points, pulling away on a 14-yard AJ Dillon touchdown run.
– Back from an ankle injury, Dillon controlled the game with 149 yards and a score on 32 carries. On the great Miami defensive front, BC ran for 223 yard and two touchdowns.
– Miami sputtered and coughed all throughout the second half. The passing game didn’t work – N’Kosi Perry didn’t play – with Malik Rosier completing just 19-of-36 passes for 150 yards and a score with two picks.
What Mattered: Boston College needed a little while to pull away, but it was in control with Dillon and the running game keeping Miami on its heels throughout. Brown and the passing game provided the balance.
– Go ahead and dream big, Boston College. With the win, the Eagles are deep in the Atlantic title chase, but it doesn’t get any easier after this. They have to go to Virginia Tech next, and then host Clemson before going to Florida State. They’re good enough to handle everyone but the Tiger, but again, that’s at home.
– The Canes aren’t totally dead in the ACC title chase, but … they’re in a coma. Now that they’re lost two straight games, and they need Virginia to start losing again. They’ll win another game and go bowling, but they have to run the table to – realistically – get back to the ACC Championship.
Thoughts: Everyone will blame Malik Rosier for not being better, but he’s just part of the Miami problem. There’s no ground game to help the cause, the receivers weren’t providing any help, and the defensive front wasn’t coming up with enough good stops.
– Boston College just did exactly what it was supposed to do. If Dillon can run like that against the Miami defensive front, he can do that against anyone. The O line did a fantastic job against the Hurricane pass rush – BC did a better job of getting into the backfield.
– Can we start to give Steve Addazio credit in the Coach of the Year discussion? His team might not seem like it’s anything amazing – mainly because it’s Boston College – but it does everything Miami does, only better. Mainly it’s because of the running game. The pass rush did its part, too.