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Florida State 20, Boston College 17: By The Numbers

A look inside the box score of Boston College's 20-17 loss to Florida State.

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1. Turnovers forced. The interception was huge as it ended Florida State's only legit first-half drive that didn't result in points. Boston College finished the game +1 in turnovers, only the fourth game this season the Eagles have won in turnover margin. The Eagles were 2-2 in those games—losses to Colorado State and Florida State, victories over N.C. State and Virginia Tech.

2. Balls hit the turf for BC, though Murphy was able to jump on both of them to avoid the turnover.

240. Rushing yards on 51 carries, for an average of 4.7 yards a carry. That's down slightly from BC's average of 261.82 yards per game and 5.33 yards per carry.

12. Through 11 games, the Eagles remain 12th in the nation with 261.82 yards per game on the ground. Wisconsin (3), Georgia Tech (4), Auburn (9), Indiana (10) and Oklahoma (11) are the only power conference schools averaging more yards per game on the ground through week 13. Those five schools are a combined 37-18 on the year but, you know, should probably throw the ball more.

1. Boston College rushing touchdown. Only the second time this year the Eagles' rushing attack didn't record a multiple touchdown game. BC was held out of the end zone in the loss to Clemson.

174. Jon Hilliman rushed 14 times for 73 yards, bringing his season total to 174 attempts, five off BC's freshman record set by Montel Harris in 2008.

10. Murphy's rushing touchdown was his 10th of the season. With two games to play, he ranks third in BC history for rushing TDs by a quarterback.

8. Tyler Murphy needs just 8 more rushing yards to break the ACC's single-season rushing yardage record for a quarterback.

27. The Eagles have 27 rushing touchdowns this season. Two players—Tyler Murphy (11) and Jon Hilliman (10)—have double-digit rushing touchdowns this season. Two backs with 10+ rushing touchdowns in the same season is a program first.

6-of-11. Passing for the Eagles. Despite throwing the ball just 11 times, BC mixed in the passes well for the most part.

6-of-11. Florida State's offense converted 6 of 11 third down opportunities from distances of 4, 2, 3, 3, 1 and 2. Nothing too terrible this game. In fact, after FSU went 3-for-3 converting on third down on its first possession, the defense settled down and only allowed 3 conversions on FSU's final 8 attempts.

22-to-19. BC managed 19 first downs to Florida State's 22. 16 of BC's 19 first downs came on the ground.

7. Boston College points off turnover. Just a huge swing in the game converting Ty-Meer's interception into points.

33:47 to 26:13. The Eagles controlled the clock and win the time of possession battle by 7 minutes, including 9:20 to 5:20 in the third quarter, and 8:55 to 6:05 in the fourth.

78. The Eagles were out-gained by 78 yards on the day, 391 to 313. BC's 313 yards marked the third lowest total yards total of the season, ahead of only Pittsburgh (276) and Clemson (263).

2/2. PATs for Mike Knoll. It was nice to see Knoll back. Also nice to go a game without missing a point after attempt, all despite some pretty poor weather and field conditions.

80.0. Boston College improves to 80% on PATs this season, currently standing at 28-of-35. That's still dead last in the country, but gaining ground on #127 UMass, which stands at 85.4% after missing their only attempt in a 30-6 loss to Akron. The Minutemen are 35-of-41 on the year.

1/2. Field goals. Knoll's 40-yarder was good, while Howell's 42-yard, potential game-winner sailed wide right. Still agree with the decision to go for the field goal, though I still don't pretend to understand the logic behind the FG kicker rotation. I just find the whole thing pretty odd.

4 for 153. Alex Howell's four punts went for a total 153 yards. Two of the four were downed inside FSU's own 20 and a third went for 50+. Overall pretty good day in the punting game.

3. Penalties against Boston College for 20 yards, slightly below the team's average penalties / game.

5.0. Average yards per play for the offense.

6.4. Average yards per play for the Seminoles offense.

1. The difference between the number of offensive plays Boston College ran (62) to Florida State (61).

0.0. Total team sacks for BC. The Eagles' pressure defense could never quite get Winston down in the backfield.

2.0. Total TFLs for Boston College for a loss of 19 yards. Milano got the big one (-15 yards). Wujciak the other for -4.

7.0. Total TFLs for Florida State for a loss of 36 yards. Ramsey and Thomas led the way with 1.5 TFLs each.

8. Justin Simmons and Manuel Asprilla tied for the team lead with eight tackles, both recording six solo stops.

4-1. The Eagles drop their first road game of the season after knocking off UMass (30-7), N.C. State (30-14), Wake Forest (23-17) and Virginia Tech (33-31)—all on the road—earlier in the year. This only a year after the program went 2-4 on the road with last minute victories over a bad New Mexico State program and Maryland.

While it's generally hard to win on the road, particularly in conference play, I think what we're starting to see is a two-year pattern based on BC's rotating conference schedule. This two-year road performance seems to be more a product of the schedule than better performances on the road. It will be interesting to see if the pattern holds and BC once again struggles away from Alumni Stadium next year. With "road" games against Clemson, Duke, Louisville, Notre Dame and Syracuse in 2015, that theory will definitely be put to the test.

82,300. Announced attendance. The largest crowd BC has played in front of not only this season, but in nine seasons. Have to go back to the 2006 season and BC's first ever ACC road game in Tallahassee to find a larger crowd (83,043). That said, the rain certainly put a damper on the Florida State faithful and there were plenty swaths of empty seats throughout the game on the broadcast.