Make no mistake about this loss. This wasn't last week, where the Eagles outgained Northwestern on the day and came within a false start penalty and 10 second runoff of possibly tying the game. Nope, this was a straight up beat down.
Boston College got dominated on both sides of the line in a 30-3 loss to Central Florida under the lights of Bright House Networks Stadium. If there is one stat that tells the story of how dominant UCF was tonight, look no further than total yards on offense: Central Florida 422 yards, Boston College 141.
The Eagles offense sputtered in the first half, gaining just 69 yards of total offense, just four first downs and managed to go 0-5 on third downs. By divine intervention, the Eagles went into the locker room trailing just 9-3.
The Eagles managed to put together a decent drive to start the second half, marching 34 yards on 9 plays. However, the BC offense was stuffed on both 3rd and 4th down, and that was the momentum swing that the Knights needed to take control of this game.
After a back and forth third quarter, the Knights turned it on in the fourth, scoring three touchdowns on drives of 67, 49 and 30 yards to put this one away. Hats off to UCF to straight up dominating both sides of the line in this game and finally getting into the win column against a BCS AQ opponent at home. That said, this is simply not a very good football team right now and to be completely honest, I'm not sure how good this win will look for UCF by the end of the season.
Both the offensive and defensive lines are a complete mess. Rettig did not have a good game -- 10-of-23, 70 yards, 2 INT -- but the offensive line didn't do him any favors. BC finished the game 1-12 on third downs, managed all of 141 yards on offense and lost the turnover battle 2-0. Incredibly the Eagles were on defense for 35 plus minutes, as the Knights controlled the clock and dominated time of possession. Overall, just a really poor outing and one to forget from Boston College.
With the Eagles starting the season 0-2 for the first time since 1994 (Dan Henning'd), we are approaching three straight must win games if BC has any aspirations of extending its program-best streak of 12 consecutive bowl appearances. Thankfully, the schedule lightens over the next couple and BC comes home for three against Duke, UMass and Wake Forest. After that though, there's no let up on a sched that includes five road games in our final seven games.
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