Boston College Escapes Texas State 24-21

A.J. Black

Boston College was a twenty point favorite heading into tonight's matchup against Texas State. But you couldn't tell that by the way that the Bobcats played, running up a 14 point lead against the Eagles, and pushing them to the brink of a stunning home loss in Chestnut Hill. But the Eagles escaped on more late game heroics by Phil Jurkovec, the defense, and kicker Aaron Boumerhi that gave BC a thrilling last minute win. 

Texas State came out firing when quarterback Brady McBride moved the ball effectively on a nine play 70 yard drive that ended with a one yard touchdown run by running back Calvin Hill. BC answered back later in the first quarter on a touchdown run of their own. Set up by a 70 yard interception return by Mike Palmer, quarterback Phil Jurkovec punched it in from one yard out. BC looked to jump in the lead on a touchdown catch by CJ Lewis, but the play was negated on a illegal man downfield call against center Alec Lindstrom. 

Right before halftime the Bobcats jumped out to a 14-7 lead when Marcell Barbee grabbed his first of two touchdown catches. He would get his second in the third quarter to increase the lead to 21-7. All of a sudden the game seemed like it was on the brink of getting out of hand. 

But that is when the team kicked it into gear. The defense, led by some fantastic plays by linebacker Isaiah McDuffie, and safety Kam Arnold (who subbed in for an injured Deon Jones) were able to stymie the Texas State offense. The BC defense held them to only 56 yards and four first downs. BC scored their second touchdown on another Phil Jurkovec touchdown run, and after another stop Jurkovec hit Hunter Long in the end zone to tie the game. 

Texas State's offense couldn't stay on the field, and with a little over a minute left punted the ball. Jurkovec, who threw for 89 yards in the fourth quarter, moved BC to the 19 yard line. The game down to Aaron Boumerhi, who had a field goal blocked earlier in the game, was iced three times by Texas State coach Jake Spavital. With three seconds remaining the kick went right through the middle. 

It was escape and survive, and Boston College did just that. The Eagles improve to 2-0, and will face off against UNC next week at Chestnut Hill. 

We will have a full breakdown of the game up on the site throughout the weekend. 

You can follow us for future coverage by clicking "Follow" on the top righthand corner of the page. Also be sure to like us on Facebook & Twitter:

Facebook- BostonCollegeSI

Twitter - @BostonCollegeSI and AJ Black at @AJBlack_BC.

THANKS FOR READING BC BULLETIN
Register today for free or log in to access this premium article.
Comments (20)
No. 1-12
Edmonds Forever
Edmonds Forever

Glad we got out of this game with the win, no matter how ugly it was. If anything, maybe it will help the players not buy the hype some of us (me) had after the Duke game. A more humble approach might help playing #11. I thought we might get past the Tar Heels, but now I'll be happy if we just give them a game. Who knows though, hard to guess what the benefit might be for having 3 straight games for us versus them having two weeks off. I'd think it might help BC early, but we haven't shown that we can get going early either, so we might wake up when UNC gets into a groove.

Jkmanx
Jkmanx

Any word on Jones? Will he be back for UNC? And if not how big an impact is that?

rcmbc81
rcmbc81

AJ - quick technical question. Why do I have to sign in again rather randomly when posting. I use 2-3 diff devices, but have signed in and posted from all. Nevertheless, I’ll sometimes, and rather randomly, be asked to sign in again w a code to me email to continue. Frustrating.

Grumpy06
Grumpy06

Do you think BC underestimated them

Riderbc20
Riderbc20

BC loses that game by multiple scores in the past

FlatbreadsFan
FlatbreadsFan

This certainly was a football game, but one we lose last year. We did lose it last year, against Kansas. But the team fought back. Truly bad teams lose those games (as my Giants have shown me, I expected to lose this game five different ways at the end). So baby steps to being good?

Edmonds Forever
Edmonds Forever

My cut out had a front row seat for the game winning FG. Go Eagles!

Eagles2007
Eagles2007

A win is a win.

Lots to clean up though

KJC
KJC

Positive: That was game/clock management at the end that we haven't seen in years. Glad the offense was able to pull it together in crunch time.

Negative: I'm officially concerned about the O-line now. Their play seemed inconsistent against a team they should have been able to beat up on.

FlatbreadsFan
FlatbreadsFan

Lot to work on, but still positives. Macduffie I thought missed as many big tackles as he made. Jurk misfired more today. But either way I am happy, and I won’t believe it really happened until I see it tomorrow.

bcmoderate77
bcmoderate77

Love coach’s post game. He’s not happy. Bouhmeri should be the only guy happy tonight, he deserves it. Longman does too, can’t imagine what kind of position he’s in right now, had some good kick offs though. This team needs to lock the F in for UNC. M

Beerfart
Beerfart

Whew.


Football

FEATURED
COMMUNITY