A disappointing weekend for BC athletics reached a peak with 13:17 left to play in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s football game. BC, fresh off of its seventh missed extra point of the season, somehow only trailed the Louisville Cardinals by five points.
The Eagles’ previous possession had resulted in a touchdown pass, and the ensuing Louisville drive was easily thwarted by the BC defense. With an opportunity to take the lead, Tyler Murphy dropped back and fired a ball down field. It was all downhill from the release, though.
The pass was intercepted, and Louisville quickly went on to score a touchdown. Murphy then threw interceptions on the next two drives, giving him a total of four in the 38-19 loss.
The defense allowed a season-high 38 points, but the final two Louisville touchdowns were both products of Murphy interceptions. The Cardinal offense dominated the field possession battle thanks to the constant turnovers by BC, driving less than 45 yards on four of their five touchdowns. The defense did surrender 166 rush yards, but they were set up to fail thanks to the poor ball control of the Eagle offense.
The run-heavy BC offense struggled to move the ball against the Louisville defense. BC totaled 166 rush yards, but averaged less than four yards per carry. No one ran for more than 43 yards. Jon Hilliman got back into some sort of groove running the ball though; he was able to reach the end zone twice.
BC’s running struggles left the team with no choice but too pass the ball. Unfortunately, that didn’t work well either. Murphy threw four interceptions on only 15 passes, just a single touchdown, and completed less than 50% of his passes. BC had only nine completions, and looked downright terrible trying to pass the ball.
Murphy’s first interception was thrown on the first play of the game, and Louisville quickly converted the mistake into a field goal. Murphy then threw one on the critical drive when the game was still close in the fourth quarter, on the subsequent drive, and then in the red zone on the next possession. His decisions were utterly awful at times, and the team paid for it.
The team got unquestionably outplayed, but a 13-3 second quarter lead, and a deficit of only five in the fourth, left a the Eagles with a chance to win for most of the game. BC didn’t take advantage of anything though, and Louisville just kept scoring until the game ended with a lopsided 38-19 score.
BC’s kicking game continued its nauseating season by missing its seventh extra point of the year. Yes, that reads extra point. Punter Alex Howell averaged more than fifty-one yards per punt though. He has been the lone special teams bright spot this year.
Luckily BC is already bowl eligible, because this ugly loss leaves essentially no hope for a BC upset over Florida State in two weeks. With only two regular season games left, the Eagles sit at 6-4, with a very winnable game against Syracuse remaining after the FSU contest.
It is starting to be clearer where the Eagles will be playing this postseason. If BC can get one more win this year, there is a good probability that they will find themselves playing in the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium against a Big Ten team. If BC can get into a bowl game against another Power-5 opponent, that’d be great for the program and its national appeal.
The predominant message of Saturday’s loss though is that the team is still riddled with inconsistencies. Careless mistakes, and a bad offensive performance were the culprits of Saturday’s loss to Louisville. Hopefully, the Eagles turn the ship around, or they will be in for a long day against Florida State. As for the Syracuse game and the eventual bowl matchup, let’s hope BC can play their style, and earn a respectable 8-win season.