Boston College Eagles vs. Louisville: Three Stars
Yesterday’s loss to Louisville is a hard one to swallow for a few reasons. The Eagles certainly had their chances and offensively took advantage of them and nearly powered their way to a conference win on the road. None the less the defense once again was a liability and wasted another fantastic performance offensively. The choice was three stars was a bit more difficult this week considering all the contributors there was offensively so lets get into it.
Anthony Brown - Right up until Brown’s knee went the wrong way, I was thinking to myself, “He’s going to have a career day.” In less than a half of action, Brown was straight incredible going 6/7 for 193 yards and a touchdown. Looking more closely, the touch on his deep balls were beautiful and he looked locked in and poised, something BC has been impatiently waiting for out of the QB all season long. This looked like Anthony’s coming out party as he was going toe to toe with Cardinals QB Malik Cunningham. Unfortunately Brown’s day was cut short with what looks to be a knee injury that was eerily similar to the on he suffered against NC State in 2017. Here is to a speedy recovery for Brown, more to come on the injury update once we have more information.
Hunter Long - BC’s leading receiver had another big game on Saturday. His 3 catches for 99 yards were highlighted by a 72 yard touchdown in the first half which gave BC the jolt they needed after Louisville scored to start the game. After losing a fumble inside the Cardinals 5 on the opening drive, Louisville drove down the field themselves and scored for an early 7-0 lead. BC shook off the mistake when Brown hit Long across the middle and Hunter did the rest of the work rumbling for the score. Interestingly enough, Hunter looked pretty quick for a tight end and leads the team in receptions.
BC Offensive Line - Let's give credit where credit is due to the unheralded guys up front. The offensive line for the Eagles paved the way for the running back stable to gain 259 yards on the afternoon. With Brown’s injury and Dennis Grosel seeing his first real action, the O-line protected their guys all afternoon holding Louisville sackless on the afternoon. Grosel was able to make some plays and I would attribute his low pass percentage to inexperience especially with the emergency situation he was put into. But as one of the question marks heading into the season, the O-line has not disappointed stepping up and growing into a cohesive unit the team has come to rely on week in and week out.
Honorable Mention - Tough week for the Eagles, so no joke selections today. Although I would like to add Travis Levy, Kobay White, and Korab Idrizi who all scored Saturday afternoon.