It’s well noted that Boston College has been known for their defense under head coach Steve Addazio. However, the Eagles’ offense has been stellar over the past two weeks, and they’ve done it through the air, and on the ground. They’ve won two straight and three out of the last four.
Two Saturdays ago, Boston College was able to hang up 45 points on the Louisville Cardinals. And while the Cardinals defense is nothing short of terrible, this is the same Eagles team that was only able to put up 23 points on Northern Illinois and 28 on Central Michigan.
Running back AJ Dillon (featured) had himself a gigantic day on the ground, rushing for 272 yards and four touchdowns. His 75-yard touchdown was one of the highlights of the day across the board, as he broke outside and threw a nasty stiff arm before outrunning the Louisville defense along the sideline. Louisville’s soft defense on the inside was not able to stop Dillon, who averaged seven yards per carry on 39 attempts.
The freshman from Groton, MA has seen his touches increase as the season goes along, and it’s paying off for the Eagles. His 25 carry, 120-yard performance against Central Michigan in September was just the beginning for Dillon. Dillon is the third leading rusher in the ACC, behind quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and TaQuon Marshall (Georgia Tech).
While the running game was the story against Louisville, Boston College was able to move the ball through the air against Virginia on Saturday.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Anthony Brown had his best collegiate game by far. He was able to set new career highs in yards (275) and touchdowns (three). Brown was efficient as well, completing 19/24. Brown has completed less than 50% of passes in five of BC’s eight games this season, including a dreadful 29.4% against Louisville.
Unlike Dillon, Brown was able to put up good numbers against a quality defense. Even with Brown’s output, Virginia’s defense is still a top-30 ranked unit, and ranks 24th in passing yards allowed. BC’s offense was out in full flight, with four receivers having receptions of longer than 25 yards, highlighted by a Kobay White 76 yard touchdown catch and run in the first quarter.
The offensive output the last two weeks has made Steve Addazio’s seat a little bit cooler.
This weekend, the Eagles will face other elite defense in Florida State. The Seminoles’ defense is ranked 16th in the nation, so Brown, Dillon and Co. will have their hands full yet again. Will it be Dillon or Brown who makes the big impact for Boston College?
The smart money says Dillon. He’s been more consistent, and has the ability to grind through a powerful front seven from Florida State. Brown has been interception prone in his first season under center for the Eagles.
Expect a low scoring, ugly football game on Friday night in Chestnut Hill.
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