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BC Football Flattened by Miami 45-20, Finishes Regular Season 6-6

NCAA Football: Miami at Boston College Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

A stellar opening drive was about all she wrote for Boston College in this one. Thomas Castellanos did his usual thing, and the Eagles offense played all the right notes to allow Kye Robichaux to fly over the line for the first core of the game. But it was all Miami from there on out.

Tyler Van Dyke and the offense tied up the score despite a shaky first possession. Miami would convert multiple third downs including one by way of penalty. The Eagles defense simply could not cover, get off the field, or get out of their own way.

Those early jitters would quickly subside and things really started to click for the Hurricanes. Van Dyke would have time to find his receivers open deep down the field consistently. Main man Xavier Restrepo would lead the way with six catches for 117 yards including two huge fourth down catches in BC territory. He was not to be completely outshined by Jacolby George, who caught six passes for 89 yards and a late third quarter touchdown. On the ground, Miami running back Hunter Parrish Jr. would score twice in the first half. Early in the second quarter, he ran one in from 15 yards out, and later capped off the half with a short punch in.

Boston College’s offense by contrast would see it’s four remaining possessions in the half pretty much stall out in mere moments. Kye Robichaux was said to be under the weather coming into the game. He got the first score, but really did not get much work. It was Castellanos trying to do it all once again. He again ran for well over 100 yards, but could not find anything going in the passing game or string together successful plays. By halftime, the game would prove to be out of reach with Miami leading the way 28-7 after a Hail Mary attempt was possibly picked off — it’s still rather unclear and unimportant.

The second half brought the slightest sliver of hope. BC lineman Gilbert Tongrongou got on top of a shaky handoff, and Castellanos went back to work. He ran in from 21 yards out a few plays later to make it a two possession game.

But Miami would answer as they do. Parrish easily ran down the field for 38 yards, and George would catch his score at the goal line faking motion inside. Another BC punt, and Miami kept on rolling. The defense did hold them to a field goal which the special teams unit was able to block, but the tides simply would not turn for good. Castellanos was picked off moments later and the Hurricanes would find their field goal one way or another.

Late garbage time saw Castellanos connect deep down the field with Jaedn Skeete and then cap it off with a floater to Lewis Bond. Though even while running down the clock, Mario Cristobal’s team would score once more from 30 yards out to extend the lead further. Castellanos would ice the game with yet another interception as well.

BC finishes it’s regular season 6-6 on a three game losing streak. They’ll need a lot of work to prepare for their bowl game and end the season on the positive. It will be the first bowl game of the Jeff Hafley era (though I should not speak so soon).