Coming off of a disappointing home loss to NC State, the Eagles travelled to Kentucky to face the 3-3 Louisville Cardinals. The Eagles came out hungry after their previous loss, but still fell short, suffering a 28-14 loss. The Cardinals came off of a bye week to play Boston College, and although they came out of the gate slow, they quickly picked up and capitalized on plays that the Eagles didn’t take advantage of. The Eagles were plagued by errors on both offense and defense, along with penalties that put Boston College at a severe disadvantage.
Dennis Grosel and the offense came out of the locker room strong with a successful, 63-yard drive that ended in a touchdown, rushed in by Alex Sinkfield. Grosel was four-for-four for 27 yards on that first drive. The Eagles had 32 rushing yards, with 11 of them from Sinkfield’s touchdown.
Although things were looking up for the Eagles, Louisville came back after the kickoff to even the score. Malik Cunningham scored with a 10-yard touchdown run. By that touchdown, he had already run for 63 yards in two drives, exposing the holes in the Eagles’ rush defense. Cunningham hit a 2,000 rushing yard milestone while scoring a second touchdown in the second quarter, becoming the seventeenth player in Louisville’s history to reach that goal.
The Cardinals scored the next touchdown with a little over a minute left in the half, putting a two-score gap between them and the Eagles. They capitalized on a forced turnover with a 5-yard run by Jalen Mitchell. The half ended at 21-7, Cardinals.
In the fourth quarter, Boston College capitalized on Louisville’s third turnover after Trevion Cooley fumbled on what would have been a first down. Grosel threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Gill to make the score 21-14. With a little more than six minutes left in the game, a comeback was possible for the Eagles.
Malik Cunnigham shut down any possible comeback with his third rushing touchdown of the game. He made it a 28-14 game with 2:53 left. With a slim chance left for Boston College to tie up the game, Dennis Grosel fumbled the ball and sealed the loss.
Turnovers were vital in winning this game. Louisville capitalized on the Eagles’ mistakes, while Boston College could not take advantage of Louisville’s. Just two minutes after their first touchdown, Louisville fumbled, the first of six turnovers of the two teams combined. Turnovers ended up being deadly for the Eagles, as they threw two interceptions and fumbled twice. One interception was an attempted touchdown throw, turning a hopeful seven-point gain into a free drive for the Cardinals. While the Eagles’ offense turned the ball over, the defense also struggled. They had zero tackles for loss and allowed over 300 rushing yards. Flags, like false starts and a game-changing facemask call late in the fourth quarter, haunted Boston College as well.
Boston College and Louisville ended the game with the same record, 4-3. The Eagles move on to play Syracuse away next week, looking for a much-needed win.
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