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Boston College 30, N.C. State 14: By The Numbers

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A quick look at some of the stats from Saturday's 30-14 win over N.C. State.

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2. Turnovers forced. It was just the second game this season where the Eagles defense turned over the opposing offense more than once (Colorado State the other). Wolfpack QB Jacoby Brissett actually put the ball on the turf three times yesterday but N.C. State was fortunate to fall on two of those balls (and in one case, turn a 10-yard loss into just a 4-yard loss).

+1. And for the second straight game, the Eagles defense won the turnover battle. The defense shook off a shaky start to keep N.C. State in check for most of the game. Credit to Don Brown for adjusting to the State offense and keeping the team focused coming out of the weather delay.

1. Myles Willis fumble. The Eagles first fumble lost this season. Fortunately, State didn't make BC pay on that drive. After taking over at the BC 15, the Wolfpack offense gained just one yard before kicker Niklas Sade (just 4-of-7 going into the game) pushed a 31-yard field goal.

310. Rushing yards, the fourth game this season where the Eagles eclipsed the 300-yard mark on the ground.

5th. The Eagles rushing attack ranks fifth in rushing offense after this weekend's game with 315.67 yards per game on the ground. Only Georgia Southern, Wisconsin, Navy and Army have rushed for more yards per game through 6-7 games (and only one of those teams doesn't run the triple-option).

20. Boston College now has 20 rushing touchdowns on the season after adding four more on the ground against N.C. State. Last season, BC scored only 24 rushing touchdowns in 13 games. What a difference a running QB makes.

11:02 to 3:58. The Eagles won the time of possession battle in the second quarter, milking 11:02 of 15 minutes off the clock and adding the only points of the quarter (a Sherman Alston 24-yard touchdown). Overall, BC won the TOP battle 38:43 to 21:17.

3/4. PATs for Mike Knoll in his collegiate debut. I don't recall what happened on the miss. Looked like a bad snap and hold. Regardless, I thought Knoll acquitted himself well in his BC debut.

0/1. Field Goals for Howell. The one miss was from 52 yards after the disastrous play sequence to end the first half. Really can't put that on Howell, though I suppose you can question why Howell was back out there for the longer attempt. He has a big leg but the accuracy just isn't there.

1/1. Field Goals for Knoll. His first field goal made, a 28-yarder right after the end of the weather delay, was right down the middle. Hopefully this is the end of the bizarre placekicking rotation. Think Knoll has solidified the starting role here.

4. Penalties against Boston College for 30 yards. Have no idea what happened with the delay of game call coming out of the timeout. That's on Murphy and the offense. Right after that was the 15-yard personal foul on Betancourt which looked a bit tickytack to me. Addazio was NOT pleased with the illegal formation call against the Eagles.

310-43. The Boston College defense held N.C. State to just 43 yards rushing on 28 carries (1.5 yards per carry). In four wins this season, Boston College has out-rushed its opponents 1,513 to 134 (!).

100-100 Club. In the win over UMass, Tyler Murphy became the first Eagles quarterback to throw for and rush for over 100 yards in a game (173 yards passing, 118 rushing). Murphy accomplished the feat once again in the win over State, throwing for 101 yards (12-of-19 passing) and rushing for 132 yards on 15 carries.

5. Murphy turned in the Eagles' fifth 100+ yard rushing performance this season. The Eagles QB rushed for over 100 yards three times this season -- USC (191), N.C. State (132) and UMass (118). Freshmen RBs Marcus Outlow (107 vs. Maine) and Jon Hilliman (128 vs. Colorado State) have the other two 100+ yard rushing performances.

16th. Murphy ranks 16th in the nation in rushing yards this week with 711 yards on 86 carries through 6 games. No FBS quarterback is within 121 yards of Murphy's rushing output at the season's halfway mark (Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas has 589 yards on 93 carries). Murphy ranks second in the ACC in rushing to Pitt's James Conner (873 yards on 155 carries). Conner has 162 more yards on the year but also 69 more carries.

5.4. Average yards per play for the offense.

10. After surrendering touchdowns on State's first two possessions, the defense buckled down and held N.C. State scoreless on 10 straight possessions -- punt, missed FG, punt, end of half, interception, punt, punt, punt, fumble, downs.

58. N.C. State only ran 58 offensive plays to Boston College's 76. The State offense ran one less play (57) in a 41-0 loss at Clemson the week before.

4.0. Total team sacks for a loss of 35 yards. Keyes, Daniels, Mihalik and Wujciak all got in on the party in the backfield.

7.0. TFLs for a loss of 47 yards. Keyes lead the defense with 2 (7 yards). Daniels, Asprilla, Mihalik, Brown and Wujciak also recorded TFLs.

1. Only one Eagles defender -- linebacker Josh Keyes -- had double-digit tackles on the day (4 solo, 6 assisted).

9th. Boston College's national rank in rushing defense. I know all the caveats here, but still incredibly impressive nonetheless. The Eagles are allowing just 99.67 yards per game on the ground, and that includes getting gashed for 302 against Pitt. The D has held four opponents under 100 yards -- UMass (55 yards), N.C. State (43), USC (20) and Maine (16).

18th. With all the success defending the run, one would suspect that the passing defense would take a bit of a hit. Well, Boston College's D ranks 18th in passing defense, too. The Eagles are giving up just 190 yards per game through the air, good for 18th nationally but just 7th in the ACC (Pittsburgh #6, Louisville #11, Miami #12, Wake Forest #14, Duke #16 and Clemson #17).

8th. BC's defense ranks in the top 10 nationally in total defense, giving up just 289.7 yards per game. Only Louisville, Stanford, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Clemson and Wisconsin have held opponents to fewer yards per game.

55. Minute weather delay due to lightning. If I recall, it was Boston College's first lightning-delayed game since the 2009 game at Clemson.

49,125. Announced attendance, the largest crowd BC has seen this season. The lightning delay seemed to take the crowd out of it and negate any homefield advantage State was enjoying in the second half.

11. Boston College sends N.C. State to its 11th straight ACC loss going back to the end of the 2012 season. BC also improves to 2-3 playing at Carter-Finley Stadium.