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Shorthanded BC Falls to UVA in Regular Season Finale

With starting quarterback Phil Jurkovec and lead back David Bailey both sidelined on Saturday, head coach Jeff Hafley leaned on backup signal-caller Dennis Grosel to lead Boston College into its final regular season game against Virginia. Despite his gaudy numbers, Grosel couldn’t get it done.

The Cavaliers outgunned the Eagles for much of the afternoon, scoring 17 straight points after Boston College took a 7-3 lead, and later dropping another 16 unanswered points on the Eagles in the second half en route to a 43-32 win.

The Eagles were gashed by a Virginia ground attack, which racked up 262 yards and four touchdowns with quarterbacks Brennan Armstrong and Keytaon Thompson accounting for most of that.

Armstrong also contributed 287 yards and a passing touchdown. Boston College was unable to respond to the Cavaliers’ dual-threat sophomore. His 60-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter was essentially the nail in the coffin, giving Virginia a double-digit lead that it would never relinquish.

While the Eagles defense struggled, Grosel generally ran the offense effectively. The junior carried his 2019 experience as a starter into Saturday and showed command of the offense, passing for over 500 yards and four touchdowns. However, his three interceptions put Hafley’s defense in bad situations, with the Cavaliers scoring off of two of them.

The running game failed to keep Virginia honest in Bailey’s absence, and Travis Levy managed only 31 yards on 11 carries. He did, however, contribute in the short passing game. Levy caught seven balls for 70 yards out of the backfield, good for over 100 scrimmage yards in the game.

Just as they have all season, receivers Zay Flowers and Hunter Long came through for the offense, both topping 100 yards on the day and finding the end zone (twice in Flowers’ case).

With the regular season concluded and the Eagles avoiding any COVID-related cancellations, Hafley and company now sit at 6-5 (sixth in the ACC) and await an announcement on their bowl game.

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