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Louisville 17 Boston College 14: (INSTANT REACTION) Defense Isn't Enough To Win


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Boston College's defense gave the team everything they could be in the end it wasn't enough for the Eagles. In a rain-soaked Papa John's Stadium, the Eagles dropped their fourth consecutive game, losing to the Louisville Cardinals 17-14. This was a game that Boston College's defense did everything they possibly could have to win this game, but in the end the offense couldn't get it done.

Louisville jumped out a quick 14-0 lead, after the Cardinals took a lead on a Lamar Jackson rush, and a 60 yard rumbling strip six by Sheldon Rankins. The offense looked completely lost, unable to move the ball at all under Jeff Smith. In fact at one point the Eagles only had 24 yards TOTAL on offense, and racked up negative yards on the rushing attack.

But Boston College didn't give up. After a huge block on a punt by John Johnson Elijah Robinson returned the block for the touchdown. After another Louisville field goal, BC's defense against made a big play when Harold Landry recovered a fumble and took it into the red zone. Jeff Smith took a quarterback rush to the outside and scored to make it 17-14. Smith left the game after the touchdown with an apparent head and neck injury. That was all the Eagles could do, and Louisville escapes with the win.

Easily the MVP for the Eagles in this game was Steven Daniels, who finished with multiple sacks and ended up in the backfield on numerous plays. Connor Strachan, Connor Wujciak, Isaac Yiadom and Matt Milano also made huge plays on defense but it wasn't enough as the offense couldn't crack 100 yards of total offense. Always is tough watching one side of the ball play so effectively, while the other looks completely lost.

Boston College will have to look to regroup next week against Virginia Tech. Kickoff will be at 12:30.