Boston College football beat Georgia Tech in Atlanta Saturday 41-30. After allowing Georgia Tech to close the first half with 21 unanswered points, the Eagles bounced back in the second half to get the win. Now standing at six wins on the season, the Eagles are officially bowl-bound.
With the return of previously-injured quarterback Phil Jurkovec, the Eagles are looking forward to a successful rest of the season. Even with a redshirt freshman quarterback, Georgia Tech kept the Eagles’ defense on their toes, but the Eagles pulled out the win with help from a few standout players.
The excitement for Eagles fans started only two minutes into the game. After gaining the first down with a pass to Jaelen Gill, Jurkovec spotted Zay Flowers downfield and hurled the ball 48 yards for the first touchdown of the game. This was the first of many long completions for Jurkovec.
Their seven-point lead didn’t last long. Georgia Tech answered right away to tie the score. Jahmyr Gibbs returned the kickoff for a 98-yard run, blowing past the Eagles’ defense to make it to the endzone.
After forcing a BC punt, Jordan Yates threw into an incredibly tight window to Malachi Carter to give the Yellow Jackets the lead.
During the Eagles’ third drive, Pat Garwo III fumbled the ball, leading to a Yellow Jacket recovery, and eventually, a touchdown for Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech’s long drive ended with a touchdown run from Yates, making the score 21-7 in the second quarter. This drive ate up time that the Eagles didn’t have to spare, and Georgia Tech took their lead with them into halftime.
The Eagles’ defense shut down the Yellow Jackets’ first drive in the second half, and the offense came out of the locker room strong. After a few penalties against the Yellow Jackets, Jurkovec started his offense on the 45-yard line and quickly moved down the field to score. He threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Zay Flowers, marking the second time the two connected in the endzone on the day.
After another successful stop from the BC defense—forcing a 3-and-out from the hot Georgia Tech offense—Jurkovec took the field again and capitalized on the defense’s work. He ran in his first rushing touchdown of the night to tie the score at 21.
He ran in another touchdown just a few minutes later and gave the Eagles their first lead of the night since the first drive. Georgia Tech shortened that lead to 28-24 in the third quarter with a field goal.
After an Eagles’ interception from Jaiden Woodby at Georgia Tech’s 3-yard line, Boston College extended their lead. The offense began a drive, and with the help of Garwo’s running game and key penalties against Georgia Tech, the Eagles ended up in the red zone once again. They settled for a field goal, but still extended their lead to a safer 7 points.
The Yellow Jackets came back, however, with a touchdown that should have tied the game. Their kicker, however, missed the extra point attempt, leaving the score 31-30 late in the fourth quarter. Jurkovec answered their drive with one of his own with the help of Jaelen Gill and Patrick Garwo to push the ball down the field. He ended the drive with a 31-yard touchdown run that put BC up 38-30 with less than three minutes remaining.
Georgia Tech tried to mount a comeback, but the Eagles’ defense shut them down with two sacks to force a turnover on downs. The Eagles added a field goal to their score with just 21 seconds left, making the final score 41-30.
Phil Jurkovec passed for 310 yards, marking his sixth career game with at least 300 passing yards. He will make a huge difference in the future of the season, assuming he stays healthy.
Coming off of the win, the Eagles (6-4) will look to carry their momentum back to Chestnut Hill next week. They will face Florida State, who is coming off of a rivalry win against Miami, Saturday at noon.
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