The Eagles bounced back after a crushing blow against Virginia Tech in their beat-down of Wagner this past Saturday. The Eagles accumulated 490 yards to beat the Seahawks 42-10.
Wagner opened up the scoring on an uncharacteristic blunder by the BC defense, as quarterback Alex Thompson scampered 55-yard yards through a wide-open hole in the middle of the field.
The Eagles struck back quickly. Two minutes later, Jon Hilliman ran for 41 yards to put the Eagles on the one-yard line, and was given the ball once more to even the score. The Eagle's starting running back would accumulate a total of 83-yards on the day and achieve his sixth multi-touchdown performance. Also, Mike Knoll notably went 6-for-6 on PAT’s for the day. His solid performance adds confidence in an area that has recently been a major question mark for the Eagles.
Patrick Towles took things into his own hands to give the Eagles the lead late in the first quarter; his 17-yard run was the first of his multiple touchdowns on the day. “Just gotta make a play,” said Towles of his mindset in the pocket.
Penalties hurt the Eagles throughout the game, but a 15-yard penalty against the Eagles for ‘hands to face’ catalyzed a scoring drive for the Seahawks that would end in a field goal and bring them within four. However, their second-quarter score would be the final time that Wagner would put any points on the board.
On the next drive, the Eagles needed a big play to get off their own 25-yard line. Michael Walker stepped up and hauled in a one-handed grab on third and distance to give the Eagles a first down and bring them to midfield.
On the following play, Towles connected down the field with Jeff Smith who was able to shake off his defender for the easy score. The 58-yard TD pass would be the transfer quarterback's longest throw at BC and a career-long reception for Smith.
It was a big day for Towles on the ground, as he forcibly pushed the Eagles up the field and contributed to rushing touchdowns on more than one occasion. Late in the second quarter, he scrambled for his second rushing TD of the day to put BC ahead 28-10 at the half.
At around four minutes into the second half, Tyler Rouse ran back a punt for 53 yards to get the Eagles to the six-yard line; Hilliman then finished off the drive with a touchdown to give the Eagles a 35-10 lead.
The Eagles would finish their scoring day with 1:08 left in the third quarter, when Towles connected with Walker for the third time. The sophomore WR scored his first career TD on the 27-yard connection.
While the BC saw improvements after last week's performance, they still have work to do through the air and on the ground. There were serious inconsistencies on the offensive side and some concerning breakdowns on defense. “Consistently inconsistent,” is what Addazio called his team today.
BC still has a lot of work to do on offense and has to become much more disciplined; they had seven penalties for 85 yards on Saturday. They will have a week to prepare for Buffalo next weekend, and hopefully they can make the necessary adjustments to play a full and disciplined game.
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