Game Observations (Defense): Boston College 24 Texas State 21

A.J. Black

Boston College completed their comeback on Saturday, defeating Texas State 24-21 in Chestnut Hill. 

Here is my instant analysis of the performance by the Boston College defense:

* The biggest issue I saw on Saturday was covering slant routes and throws near the middle of the field. BC did get beat on the edges too, but those are the types of throws you dare the QB to make. Texas State's wide receivers lived up to their reputation and made some fantastic catches out there.

* It was basically a game of two defenses. When BC was able to stay aggressive and make plays they looked like they did against Duke. However, once Texas State started marching, they struggled. Yet with all those marches, Texas State was only able to put up 21 points.

* I thought the refs went 0/3 on their targeting calls. Jahmin Muse and Jarron Morris were ejected, but both appeared to be going for the shoulder when the ball carrier ducked his head. While the final targeting call on the Travis Levy punt return, that was somehow overturned, looked to be the clearest example.

* Speaking of refs, pass interference call on Jason Maitre later in the game was a bad call. He looked to have good position and it was a great sell job by the receiver. If BC is going to play physical with receivers like it looks like they will, these are sometimes going to get called, and it's just something we are going to have to live with. 

* Shittah Sillah was much more noticeable in Saturday's game. Had a sack, and had a handful of tackles. 

* Isaiah McDuffie, had himself a game. It wasn't perfect as he got beaten in space a few times, but he played angry in that second half. The Eagles don't win without him. 

* Solid debut for defensive lineman Max Roberts. The Maine defensive lineman did not look like an FCS player out there, finishing the game with five tackles, 2 TFL and 1.5 sacks. BC needs depth on the defensive line, and more pass rush, he is certainly going to be a guy to watch. 

* True freshman Kam Arnold, who subbed in for an injured Muse at safety looked good out there. Had the game saving tackle on the final defensive play of the game. He is going to probably be a starter moving forward.

* Hafley said the Eagles will need turnovers, but only had one in this game. There were some missed opportunities though. Josh DeBerry had a ball thrown right to him that he dropped, and there was a forced fumble that BC couldn't get on top of.

* Can't be overly harsh on DeBerry though as he is growing to be one of BC's best defensive backs. Had two pass breakups, one leading to the interception by Mike Palmer. 

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Comments (12)
No. 1-5

BC didn't play their best but two plays could have changed the game. The Lewis td being called back would add a score and the Deberry almost int. would have subtracted one from Texas St. Improvement is needed particularly on offense. 2. If one looked around the country some teams appear to have weak defenses including LSU, OKLA., Texas FLA., et al. Can such a team have title hopes? Not likely.


Did anyone notice how fast the new DE Roberts was getting off the line. I couldn't tell if he was just getting lucky because they were snapping the ball the second he was about to go offsides. I don't know if it is possible to react as fast as was to the snap. I recommend re-watching if you can because it was unbelievable on some plays. If he was actually reacting that fast he is gonna be a huge asset this year.


The name of the game here is baby steps. It may be a two steps forward one step back type of deal this year, especially as Hafley works on getting his personal ready. But it will get there.


Going to have to disagree with you on the targeting calls, I think the officials got all 3 correct (including the one overturned). Muse launched himself at the defenseless WR. On the first punt-related incident, the defender initiated contact with the top of his head. Second punt-related incident appeared cleaner (unfortunately still a really tough hit) as the defender tackled with his eyes up and made contact with shoulder/upper chest.


When you say Arnold is going to be a starter moving forward, do you mean he is going to take Jones’ place because unless he broke his arm, it just looked like he got the wind knocked out of him and should be good to go against UNC. Now if you mean he’ll be starting over Palmer, then that’s a different story. Another thing: Muse won’t be available for UNC, right?