It was a bleak showing in Chestnut Hill on Saturday afternoon. With the Eagles surely carrying momentum from their first ACC win in nearly two years against North Carolina State last Saturday, they still appeared to be no match for No.5 Louisville. The Cardinals were playing with some anger after being snubbed in the first College Football Playoff Rankings of season and put a beating on the Eagles, topping them 52-7.
Saturday’s game almost appeared to be a highlight reel for Louisville’s Heisman Trophy Candidate, Lamar Jackson. Jackson threw for four touchdowns, all in the first half, and ran for three more on the ground. The quarterback tied for his second highest touchdown total of the year.
As for the Eagles, scoring was difficult to say the least. The team only moved past midfield twice in the first half, never reaching the redzone. Early in the second half, Boston College did finally break the scoring drought with a 39 yard touchdown on a screen pass to running back Tyler Rouse. That drive aside, the Eagles constantly had trouble moving the ball. While Quarterback Patrick Towles was 13 of 21 passing, it was only for 147 yards, simply not enough against such a talented Louisville team.
Similar to the Clemson game earlier this season, it appeared as if Louisville could do whatever they pleased. With Lamar Jackson constantly fooling defensive linemen on read options, Coach Addazio chose to pack the box at times to protect against the run. This allowed Lamar Jackson to show off his arm strength and soft touch to the countless NFL scouts on hand. He shredded the Eagles defense, normally the strength of the team, particularly in the secondary as he threw two long touchdowns to wideouts James Quick and Jaylen Smith.
According to Steve Addazio, a coach who people have begun to question in recent weeks, the team met its demise this week due to many self inflicted wounds. These plays are inexcusable against what he called “the best defense in conference by far.” While Louisville may have been ranked No. 7 in college football, in Addazio’s mind, they were “one of the top three teams in the country without a doubt.”
When it came to his view on Jackson, Addazio brought up an interesting point. “He runs like Percy Harvin,” he said. Harvin was a former wideout of his at the University of Florida and is a top receiver in the NFL. Addazio also said that Jackson has the ability to “throw the ball with the best of them.” As always, the head coach tried to end on a positive note, claiming that his team “will learn from [its] mistakes today” and come back better in the future.
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