After a back and forth first quarter and a half, Boston College football broke the game open against Louisville with 3:42 left in the second quarter. Nolan Borgersen blocked a Louisville punt, allowing Travis Levy to recover it in the end zone and put the Eagles on top for the remainder of the game.
The Eagles defeated the Cardinals 38-20 at home on Saturday afternoon, maintaining their unbroken home record and moving to 5-2 on the season. Despite a slightly unsteady start, BC ultimately collected themselves to prove that they are a force to be reckoned with in the ACC.
Coming off a tough loss at NC State last week, the Eagles rebounded against Louisville, letting their quickness and aggressive play shine throughout the whole game. BC got off to a hot start, taking an early lead with 12:23 left in the first quarter on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Brown to Hunter Long.
A mere three and a half minutes later, the Eagles secured another score on a 2-yard run from Ben Glines, giving them a commanding 14-0 lead over the Cardinals. Their two score lead would not last long, however, as Louisville scored twice in the final four minutes of the first quarter. Luckily for the Eagles, Zach Allen blocked the extra point on the first Cardinals touchdown, keeping Louisville one point behind BC at the end of the first quarter by a score of 14-13.
Louisville opened the scoring in the second quarter on a 73-yard drive, giving them a 20-14 lead over the Eagles with 9:37 left in the half. Yet, BC rebounded fairly quickly, retaking the lead 21-20 on the aforementioned Borgersen-Allen play–a lead they would maintain for the remainder of the game. Colton Lichtenberg added to the lead with four seconds left in the first half, kicking a 38-yard field goal to put the Eagles up 24-20.
Despite an uneventful third quarter, BC still kept the momentum going throughout the end of the game, scoring twice in the fourth quarter. After a 13 play, 93-yard drive, David Bailey ran the ball in for a 1-yard touchdown with 10:30 left in the game.
Jeff Smith closed out the game with a 5-yard run for a touchdown with 3:34 remaining, giving the Eagles their final score of the game. BC held off Louisville for the rest of the game as well, finalizing the score at 38-20 with the Eagles on top.
The Eagles were solid on both offense and defense throughout the game. True freshman David Bailey notched season-highs in both carries and rushing yards with 112 yards on 28 carries. Bailey had an explosive second half, as he amassed 88 of his 113 total yards in that half with 49 yards coming in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Brown threw for 179 yards and completed 16 passes, one of which was a touchdown. Michael Walker and Travis Levy were the receiving leaders on the day with 48 and 35 yards, respectively.
On defense, Isaiah McDuffie led BC with eight tackles–six solo and one tackle for loss. Wyatt Ray added to his sack count with three on the day and now leads the nation with 8.5 sacks.
BC has a bye week next week but will return to The Heights on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. against ACC-foe Miami for the annual Red Bandana game.
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