What happened and what mattered in the Boston College 38-20 win over Louisville?
Boston College 38, Louisville 20
So that’s what you do when you don’t have your star running back. AJ Dillon was out again with his ankle injury, but the Boston College running back kept on rumbling, there was a blocked punt for a score for the second straight week, and Anthony Brown was fantastic. The defense did its job, too, shutting down the Cardinals in the second half.
The Eagles still need Dillon, but the offensive line dominated the Louisville defensive front, paving the way fro 251 yards and three scores. David Bailey and Ben Glines each ran for over 100 yards, and Brown completed 16-of-22 passes for 179 yards.
There’s just nothing happening with the Louisville running game. The Cardinals finished with just 47 yards on 32 carries, but it came up with three short scores – it wasn’t nearly enough. Jawon Pass had nothing happening down the field, dinking and dunking way too often for just 170 yards. The swarming BC D had a lot to do with all of that thanks to the seven sacks, but there’s no rhythm whatsoever to the Cardinal attack.
With Miami, at Virginia Tech, Clemson, and at Florida State up next before closing out against Syracuse, BC had to get this win. It’s still in the ACC title chase, but realistically, it’s just about securing a bowl bid, This game all but did that, but it’s still going to take a possible upset to get there.
Louisville’s woes aren’t going to stop. It gets two weeks off to try figuring out how to secure its defensive front and find something that consistently works on offense, but if it doesn’t beat Wake Forest at home, it’s not winning another game with at Clemson, at Syracuse, NC State and Kentucky to close.