After three victories in a row the Eagles were not able to carry over the momentum for a 4th straight win over NC State. The Eagles committed a handful of bad errors that largely led to failing to pull off the upset win over the ‘Pack. There were two turnovers one of which was a poorly thrown interception by Anthony Brown in the NC State endzone. The normally strong special teams unit allowed a blocked punt and had a botched snap of a potential game tying field goal attempt. The defense carried the team for most of the game but even that unit had a letdown in the 4th quarter when several failed tackle attempts at Nyheim Hines led to a 50-yard game winning touchdown. Even the injury bug struck the Eagles again as Anthony Brown left the game with a leg injury and cornerback Kam Moore missed most of the game as well.
Still, even with all of those mistakes and misfortune BC had the ball at its own 29-yard line with 3:05 to go in the game down three. While the situation was going to call for a couple of pass plays you figured that AJ Dillon would at least get a couple of cracks to add onto his 36 carries for 196 yards performance that included a 66-yard touchdown scamper earlier in the game. Instead, BC attempted four straight passes which all fell incomplete and all but sealed up the game.
In a vacuum attempting four straight passes in that spot might seem logical. However, it on the previous drives before that drive that the Eagles couldn’t put a passing game together, mostly because Darius Wade was under assault for much of the game.
In the postgame after Addazio was peppered with questions like “can you comment on the play of Zach Allen”, the BC coach offered this illogical explanation of not getting Dillon the ball on a potential game tying/winning drive.
Addazios explanation for not giving AJ Dillon the rock on the potential game winning/tying drive. Props @MichaelJSully for asking question pic.twitter.com/f36140datf— ERIC HOFFSES (@EJHoffses) November 11, 2017
I’m not even sure where to start with Addazio’s comments. First off, BC didn’t need to drive “the length of the field”. All the team needed was a field goal to send the game into overtime. Just for review, there was 3:05 left in the game and BC probably needed to gain 40-50 yards for a reasonable game tying field goal attempt. Maybe it’s just me but I might have tried at least ONE attempt with one of the top 20 players in college football over the last month.
The game sums up the Addazio era at BC in a nutshell. The coach recruits good players and they play their tails off for him. I give him all the props for that. Unfortunately when the game gets tight in the end Addazio has proved time and time again that he can’t make logical decisions in high pressure situations. What’s even more mind blowing is that even when Addazio is given some time to think and analyze his decisions he still can’t come to the right conclusion