The Eagles traveled west to Amherst to face off against the UMass Minutemen and walked away with a 45-28 victory. The trip was the first time that Boston College football has played in Amherst since 1982, as the other games since then have been played at Alumni Stadium or Gillette Stadium. The win marked the 11th consecutive victory for the Eagles over the Minutemen.
Star QB Phil Jurkovec left the game after the first offensive drive in the first quarter of the game with a wrist injury. He did not return to the game, but was listed as questionable to return to the action after his injury was assessed which is a welcome sign.
Dennis Grosel replaced the injured Jurkovec and looked confident and comfortable leading the offense. He recorded 199 yards in the air and two touchdowns over the course of the game. Running back Pat Garwo ran for 160 yards, which can be a great compliment to the arm of Jurkovec for the offense this season if Garwo can stay consistent and healthy.
Another worrisome moment happened in the second half when Zay Flowers went down after an awkward landing from a tackle. He grabbed his leg and was immediately taken to the locker room. Thankfully, he returned to the field during the fourth quarter and appeared to be completely fine.
The Eagle’s defense was able to grab two interceptions and one fumble during the game, which helped them keep a comfortable lead against UMass for the entirety of the game.
The Eagles travel to Temple for their next game, which is the former school of current Athletic Director Pat Kraft. Temple is 1-1 on the season, losing by 47 to Rutgers on the first week and beating Akron 45-24 the week after.
BC will open as heavy favorites, as they try and move to 3-0 on the season heading into parent’s weekend.
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