Boston College football suffered their second straight loss on Saturday afternoon after falling 41-39 to ACC foe Louisville in Kentucky. The Eagles came close to victory, taking the lead after a career-high 45-yard field goal from Aaron Boumerhi with 3:32 to play, but Louisville’s field goal with 1:02 ended up being the deciding factor in the Eagles’ loss.
Louisville kicked off the high-scoring contest, scoring the first touchdown of the day with 8:33 to play in the first. BC responded a minute and a half later with a touchdown of their own as Anthony Brown tossed a 72-yard pass to Hunter Long to tie the game 7-7.
The Cardinals snagged the lead back on a four-play drive, going up 14-7 on the Eagles to close out the first quarter.
In BC’s first drive of the second quarter, Dennis Grosel took over at quarterback after Brown went down with an injury. Grosel topped off the eight-play, 89-yard drive with a 10-yard pass to Korab Idrizi to make the game 14-14. The pass marked Grosel’s first career touchdown pass in the maroon and gold.
Down 28-14 after two more second-quarter touchdowns by the Cardinals, BC narrowed the gap when Grosel connected with Kobay White on a 13-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles then successfully executed a two-point conversion on a pass from Grosel to Hunter Long, bringing the score to 28-22 at the half.
The Eagles tallied a season-high 304 receiving yards on the day, with Long and Zay Flowers leading the team with 99 and 72 yards, respectively.
BC took their first lead of the game in the third quarter, going up 29-28 on the Cardinals as Grosel capped off an eight-play, 59-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Korab Idrizi. This lead did not last long, however, as Louisville notched a 34-yard field goal to make the game 31-29 at the end of the third quarter.
The Cardinals opened the fourth quarter with a 13-play, 96-yard drive to extend the lead to 38-29. With 10:48 to play, AJ Dillon and Travis Levy rushed for 31 and 37 yards, respectively, to finish off a three-play, 70-yard drive and move the Eagles closer to the Cardinals 38-36.
Dillon finished the day with 118 rushing yards, averaging 5.4 yards per carry. This marked Dillon’s fourth consecutive 100+ rushing yard performance.
BC recaptured the lead 39-38 with 3:32 to play on Boumerhi’s 45-yard field goal. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Louisville came crawling back to tack on another field goal with 1:02 to play and take a 41-39 lead that would ultimately be the final score.
The defense struggled throughout the game, letting up 40+ points for the second time this season. Some defensive hope came from Max Richardson, however, as he registered his third consecutive game with double-digit tackles, recording 14, including two for a loss.
BC has an upcoming bye week to regroup before facing NC State at home, time TBA, on October 19.
Be sure to follow @BCGavelSports for all of the latest updates on Boston College athletics.