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Boston College 37, USC 31: By The Numbers

A look inside Boston College's 37-31 upset over no. 9 USC.

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Let's take a closer look at the numbers following Boston College's 37-31 win over no. 9 USC.

0. Turnovers forced. Which, weird, considering how thoroughly dominant the Boston College defense was last night. Through the first three games of the season, the Eagles only have two takeaways -- both interceptions.

0.7. USC yards per carry. The Trojans offense couldn't get much of anything going in the ground game, finishing with 29 carries for 20 yards. After rushing for 287 yards on 45 carries over the first two games, USC junior RB Javorius Allen was limited to 15 carries, 31 yards, 2.1 ypc.

1/2. Field goals. Joey Launceford connected on his 25-yarder, but missed one of the extra points. Howell was perfect on PAT attempts but missed the FG from 47. I'm not really sure what to make of the Eagles' kicking situation through the first three games of the season, but hopefully Addazio and staff figure things out once ACC play starts back up in earnest.

14.7. Yards per carry by Tyler Murphy. All four running backs got in on the action last night, but Murphy stole the show, finishing with 191 yards on the ground. Sure his passing game might need some work, but he was absolutely electric on the ground.

66. Murphy's 66-yard scamper in the fourth quarter, a new career-high gain on the ground, put the game out of reach.

5. Boston College touchdowns. All on the ground. Whoa.

452. The Eagles 452 yards rushing is most allowed by USC since Texas A&M gained 486 in the 1977 Bluebonnet Bowl. The team media guide only lists two games under the "RUSHING YARDAGE game" record, but that number is in the ballpark (477 vs. St. Anselm in 1941 and 511 vs. UMass in 1973). The total is most likely the most rushing yards BC has ever hung on a ranked opponent.

310.67. Rushing yards per game through the first three games of the season. That total ranks BC 11th nationally in rushing offense; ahead of triple-option teams Georgia Tech (13th) and Army (19th).

10. Kris Albarado punts for 375 yards and a 37.5-yard average. Albarado only punted four times over the first two games of the season -- all against Stanford.

54. Both the total number of rushing attempts and the total number of receiving yards from Boston College on the night !!

2-of-11. BC on third down. One of the few areas where the Eagles struggled last night.

2. Penalties on BC, for 25 yards. The Eagles had been averaging about 5 a game going into this contest, and played mistake free football for the first three quarters of the game. Nice rebound from last week against Pitt where penalties really impacted the field position battle.

75. Tackles by Boston College. It's weird not to see one defender dominating this category as no Boston College defender cracked double digits. Bryce Jones finished with 9 (8 solo), Daniels and Keyes with 8, Simmons with 7 and Asprilla and Milano with 5.

5.5. TFLs from Josh Keyes ALONE for a loss of 15 yards.

16. Total Boston College TFLs for 58 yards. USC finished with 7.0 for 28 yards. Don Brown, I could kiss you.

5.0. Boston College sacks for 36 yards, or 5/6th of BC's sack total from the entire 2012 season (12 games).

10. The win snapped Boston College's 10-game losing streak to ranked opponents. The Eagles last defeated a ranked opponent on November 15, 2008 (27-17 BC over #20 Florida State). The last win over a top 10 opponent came on October 25, 2007, a 14-10 victory over #8 ranked Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

6. The new number of home victories over top 10 opponents in program history. USC becomes just the fourth top 10 opponent to fall on the Heights during the non-leather helmet era, joining #8/#7 Notre Dame (30-11 in 1994), #7 Texas (14-13 in 1976) and #9 Syracuse (21-14 in 1964).

41,632. Announced attendance, the highest announced attendance for a non-Notre Dame home game since the 2010 season (42,317 vs. Virginia Tech).