As one would expect, the 'dudes' raked in the ACC player of the week honors following Saturday night's 37-31 upset win over the ninth-ranked USC Trojans. Eagles quarterback Tyler Murphy was recognized as the ACC Offensive Back of the Week, center Andy Gallik as Offensive Lineman of the Week and linebacker Josh Keyes as Linebacker of the Week.
OFFENSIVE BACK - Tyler Murphy, Boston College, Gr., QB, 6-2, 213, Wethersfield, Conn.
Murphy led the Eagles to the upset of No. 9 Southern California with a career-high 191 yards on 13 carries, averaging 14.7 yards per carry against a Trojan defense that allowed just 128 total rushing yards to 13th-ranked Stanford in week two and only 4.0 yards per rush in its first two games. Murphy scored a rushing touchdown for the third straight game and tallied over 100 yards on the ground for the second time in 2014 and in his career. He also recorded a career-long 66-yard touchdown run, the longest of the season for the Eagles, which put BC up 37-24 with 3:30 to play.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Andy Gallik, Boston College, Gr., C, 6-3, 304, Evergreen Park, Ill.
Gallik led the offensive line, starting in his 31st career game, as the Eagles rushed for 452 yards and totaled 506 yards on the day against a USC defense that had allowed just 285 total rushing yards over the first two games. For the second time in 2014, Gallik led an offensive line that helped the Eagles to a 500-yard offensive output. The Eagles also scored five rushing touchdowns on the night, while quarterback Tyler Murphy and running backs Jon Hilliman, Myles Willis and Sherman Alston all put up career days for rushing yards. Gallik graded out at 85 percent and had three knockdowns against the ninth-ranked Trojans.
LINEBACKER - Josh Keyes, Boston College, Sr., LB, 6-2, 223, Ghent, N.Y.
Keyes helped the Eagles' defense stifle ninth-ranked USC's running attack, as the Trojans netted just 20 rushing yards on the night. In the first two games of the season, Southern Cal averaged 216.5 yards on the ground per game. Keyes recorded eight total tackles, including seven solo stops. Of his eight tackles, 5.5 were tackles for a loss and included a sack. On third-and-four at the USC 42, and the Eagles up by 10 in the fourth quarter, Keyes sacked USC quarterback Cody Kessler for a loss of eight yards, forcing a punt which would eventually lead to a BC field goal.
Murphy, Gallik and Keyes are joined this week by Miami WR Phillip Dorsett (receiver), Wake Forest DT Josh Banks (defensive lineman), Virginia SS Anthony Harris (defensive back), Virginia K Ian Frye (specialist) and Duke RB Shaun Wilson (rookie) as this week's honorees.
Congrats to all three Eagles!