Boston College fell to #22 NC State 33-7 on Saturday night at Alumni Stadium. With both teams coming off respective bye weeks, NC State executed in all three phases and took care of business on the road.
After a mostly even first half, which saw the Eagles trail 10-7, the game escalated quickly early in the third quarter. A muffed punt from Grant Carlson led to a scoop and score for NC State to stretch the lead to 17-7. A deflected pass to Jaden Williams led to an interception, leading to Dennis Leary dropping a pass to Thayer Thomas who proceeded to take it to the house. BC failed to generate any offense from then on out, and NC State added another score soon thereafter. A safety to make it 33 for NC State was just the end the game needed.
Jaelen Gill led the Eagles with 71 yards receiving, and Garwo and Sinkfield combined for about 100 yards rushing. But in the second half, the Eagles weren’t able to get much of anything going. Trae Barry had the only touchdown of the game for the Eagles midway through the first quarter. Dennis Grosel finished 21-39 for 194 yards. He added seven yards on the ground, to go with a passing touchdown and the aforementioned interception.
All in all, it was a listless second half from the Eagles. Conservative play calling and a stagnant Eagles offense allowed the Wolfpack to put the game to bed without much of a fuss. BC was outplayed in all three phases of the game in what was a first for the Jeff Hafley era.
The Eagles will look to bounce back from a stale performance at Louisville next weekend.