Boston College Defense Fierce in 26-6 Win Over Duke

A.J. Black

Boston College started the season off with a strong defensive outing, forcing five turnovers in a 26-6 win over the Duke Blue Devils. Quarterback Phil Jurkovec overcame a slow start, throwing for 300 yards in his first game with the Eagles. While wide receiver Zay Flowers exploded with five receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown showcasing an elusiveness and agility in many of his catches.

The first half started off quickly as Boston College marched down the field on a 10 play 81 yard drive that was capped off by a 1 yard touchdown run by David Bailey. Duke responded by pressuring Jurkovec relentlessly, and dominating BC up front. Mateo Durant brought Duke within one with a 49 yard touchdown run, but Charlie Ham missed the extra point. 

Boston College's defense continued to make big plays with two turnovers in the first half. Duke moved the ball well but continued to make errors that got them off the field. 

The offense stepped up in the second half with two touchdown passes from Phil Jurkovec. The first came to Hunter Long who caught a pass in the end zone, the second was on a broken coverage that allowed Zay Flowers to go in untouched on a long 61 yard touchdown catch. BC was all over the Duke defense in the second half, shutting out the Blue Devils and forcing three more turnovers. Jahmin Muse made an interception late in the game that sealed the win for the Eagles.

This was a strong start for Boston College who earned Jeff Hafley his first collegiate win as a head coach. Many of the questions that were asked of the team were answered. The defense looked much improved over 2019, and Phil Jurkovec appears to be the answer the Eagles need at quarterback. 

The Eagles (1-0) return to action next Saturday against Texas State. 

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Comments (15)
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Thomas Rayam
Thomas Rayam

A Good Win for Boston College football! A sure confidence builder going forward, although it’s wasn’t flawless or perfect.
Now that they are on film the mistakes will be looked upon by the next team! The protection will get better along with getting to the second level When running the ball! It was good to see a halftime adjustment!
The Defense was on display and they showed up on several plays! Secondary played as well as I have seen in my short time of watching BC football! Linebacker where head hunters and filling the holes! The Defense line played well, lead by #97 But Teams will double up on #97 to prevent his vicious pass rush! So I look forward to seeing more pressure from 97’s supporting cast!
The Big Eye in the sky don’t lie! Out work’em All BC ! GOOD WIN!

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A.J. Black
A.J. Black

Editor

Thanks for the breakdown Thomas! Certainly was a great win, and a testament to all the hard work the kids have put in since June—-heck since March!

Thomas Rayam
Thomas Rayam

Yes you are Right! I like informing fans as to what really happened and what they didn’t see! The hype is always fake news!
This is not PlayStation!
BC can turn the tables this year with more fundamentals to start and finish strong!
“THE EYE IN THE SKY DON’T LIE “
Bear Bryant!

A.J. Black
A.J. Black

Editor

Hey we could all use it. As a reporter I can't get anywhere near the program right now, so any insider information is greatly appreciated!

Kevhuds
Kevhuds

Great to see them back on the field, even better to start the Hafley era with a W!

Riderbc20
Riderbc20

Being competitive with an entertaining brand of football what more could ya ask for?

FlatbreadsFan
FlatbreadsFan

Line has room to improve, but to be expected. ND had trouble against this D-line, they’re very good. Expected to struggle a bit when running a more vanilla offense with changed positions. But the defense, WOW! Only big plays by Duke were just great plays by the offense, even the long TD. And Jurkovec was magic the second half, it’s how I feel watching the elite QBs of the sport, just unstoppable.

MAEagle
MAEagle

Good team win!! Heard Kobay White is getting a second opinion on that injury. Not sure what the situation is there, but rest him against Texas St. and hopefully he’s good to go against UNC

Jkmanx
Jkmanx

As happy as I was to see the Offense open up and make consistent throws. The way the D played was just incredible. 5 TOs, good pass rush, good coverage. Have to be happy with the way they came out

BCDrew
BCDrew

How did you think the O-line played today?