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Boston College Defense Keeps Temple at Bay

Boston College football looked dominant in their 28-3 road win over Temple on Saturday afternoon. However, struggles in the passing game after losing Phil Jurkovec to a wrist injury a week prior could foreshadow future struggles for the Eagles.

BC looked spectacular on the ground throughout the game. As a team, they gained 179 yards on nearly five yards per carry. Aside from Pat Garwo III contributing 49 yards on the ground, Dennis Grosel and Zay Flowers each ran for 47, with Flowers’ all coming on one carry. Garwo, Grosel, and Travis Levy each also punched in a touchdown run from within the two-yard line.

Temple was hindered by the Eagles’ stout defense. The Owls didn’t find the end zone all game, largely due to the performance of the Eagles’ front seven. Justin Lynch was never able to find his rhythm in the pocket, and was taken down for a sack four times.

After opening up a 21-0 lead before halftime, BC never had any fear of an upset. Temple’s only points of the game came well after the result of the game became clear, when Rory Bell kicked a field goal between the uprights in the fourth quarter to prevent the shutout.

The only issue for BC in the game was their ability to move the ball through the air. Grosel threw for 34 yards on 13 attempts, including an interception. He did throw the first touchdown of the game, a completion in the end zone to Jaden Williams on a slant route, following a 66-yard kick return by Levy.

The Eagles’ inability to air the ball out and keep Temple’s defense honest did not hurt them in this game. With a safe lead throughout the game, there was never any need to take risks that could result in turnovers. However, this weakness could become more pressing when BC opens up ACC play in two weeks.

Boston College (3-0) will return to Alumni Stadium when they take on Missouri at noon on Saturday, Sept. 25th. The parents' weekend matchup against the Tigers will be their toughest of the season so far, as it is the Eagles’ first game against a team from a Power Five conference.

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