In his third appearance against Louisville, Dennis Grosel and the BC offense floundered and fell 28-14.
After a promising first drive that saw BC march down the field utilizing some quick passes and some effective rushes from Alec Sinkfield, the Eagles had difficulty generating anything offensively. BC clearly made it a point to get dynamic receiver Zay Flowers the ball after a quiet few weeks and it paid off. Unfortunately, after Sinkfield ran it in, BC’s offense stumbled.
Malik Cunningham did his best Lamar Jackson and ran in for the Lousiville’s first two scores. BC had no answer for his elusiveness and speed, but did force three turnovers in the first half. Josh DeBerry forced a fumble that Kam Arnold picked up and both Brandon Sebastian and Jaiden Lars-Woodbey picked off Cunningham in BC territory. Sebastian unfortunately would come off injured after making the play. In the second quarter, Louisville would run right down the BC defense’s throat as the BC offense went three-and-out after three-and-out. The Cardinals would take a 21-7 lead into halftime.
The BC defense did their best to keep the Eagles in the game the second half. A missed field goal to start the half for Louisville gave BC solid field position, but they would go on to turn the ball over on downs.
The fourth quarter was and up and down affair. A promising drive largely on the ground brought BC all the way down to the Louisville 10, but Grosel would be hit on a throw leading to an interception. On the next play, Louisville would turn the ball right back over, and BC would pick the ball up. A couple of nice runs set up a fourth and goal and Grosel lofted a pass to a wide open Jaelen Gill to make it a one score game with six minutes to go.
Cunningham would put the game to be do bed on the ensuing drive, with his third rushing touchdown of the game to make it 28-14. He would end with over 100 yards passing and rushing, and the Cardinals would end with over 300 yards on the ground.
The Eagles defense did everything to give BC the edge. The offense was unable to do anything in the air, and Grosel would miss Flowers badly a couple of times deep.
Boston College heads to the Carrier Dome next week still looking for their first ACC win of the season.