It’s a rout. BC dominates Syracuse in the Carrier Dome 58-27. The Eagles posted a school record 691 yards of total offense, led by a ferocious rushing attack. With 35 carries, 242 yards, and three touchdowns, AJ Dillon extends his school touchdown record. Not to be outmatched, David Bailey tallied his own 172 and two touchdown performance.
Big play after big play, the Eagles tormented the Syracuse defense. Both backs busted open for long runs and simply overpowered the Orange defense. Boston College ended with 496 rushing yards.
The Eagles did themselves no favors early on with fumbles on back to back possessions. The team hadn’t had many turnovers up until this point, but those two first quarter fumbles allowed Syracuse to take an early lead entering the second quarter.
From there, it was all BC. The Eagles didn’t need much from their young quarterback in the end, but Dennis Grosel opened the second quarter with a deep play-action shot to Kobay White. He followed that up on his very next possession with another deep pass this time to Zay Flowers.
Grosel only threw 10 passes for 195 yards, but that and his three touchdown passes was everything BC could have asked for. His final touchdown pass to Isaiah Miranda to end the first half put the Eagles up 44-20.
The second half was largely BC continuing to pound the rock, and Syracuse failing to stop them. The Orangemen couldn’t generate much on offense either, and the Eagles comfortably took home the game.
The Eagle defense for all their hardships throughout the year, made timely plays throughout the contest. Whether it was holding Syracuse to a field goal here, or getting a stop on fourth down there, they kept the Eagle offense in the game early on, when the door easily could have blown open. Syracuse was held to 5-17 on third down and 2-5 on fourth down. Brandon Barlow notched two sacks, and Max Richardson and TJ Rayam combined for some key tackles for losses. Nolan Borgersen came on for an injured Mike Palmer, and did well enough to make a case for the starting job even if Palmer is healthy.
The Eagles will need to check on the health of a few others starters who limped off the field in Hunter Long and Medhi El-Attrach.
Next up for BC is Florida State next Saturday. It will be the final home game of the season for the Eagles and will also be the red bandana game. With 5 wins and three games remaining, BC will hope to pick up bowl eligibility once again.