It was so different. Winning. Feeling good about Saturday, about looking at the tapes of the game to fix the things that didn’t work and marvel at those that did.
In the grand scheme of a season which has produced only 2 wins in their first 8 games, Saturday’s 20-17 win over Maryland will soon be in the rear view mirror of the Boston College football team.
Whether it will be remembered as a launching point or merely a piece of smooth highway in a rough stretch of a season filled with pot holes remains to be seen.
This much is certain, the Eagles went to their meetings on Sunday feeling good about what they had done in not only building a first-half lead against Maryland, but then regaining it when it appeared they had squandered yet another opportunity.
BC Coach Frank Spaziani, who needed the victory as much as his players, reflected only briefly on the moment in his weekly media phone conference before he talked about what lies ahead for the Eagles, starting with Saturday’s game at Wake Forest.
Wake Forest, which was crushed by Clemson last Thursday, is definitely a winnable game. After that, it becomes more problematical for the Eagles, with back-to-back home games against Notre Dame and Virginia Tech and a regular season closer against North Carolina State.
But those are problems that the Eagles will deal with when they are forced to deal with them.
For now, the Eagles will deal with the present, which includes the emergence of freshmen contributors such as running back Dave Dudeck, linebacker Kieran Borcich and free safety Justin Simmons.
All three made signficant contributions in the win over Maryland. Dudeck, scored the Eagles’ first TD on Saturdah, while Simmons and Borcich each came up with interceptions which killed Maryland drives, something that the beleaguered BC defense had done only on rare occasions through the first half of the season.
There were other contributors such as sophomore Spiffy Evans who had punt returns of 27 and 72 yards and returned three KO’s for 64 yards. All were key ingredients in helping the Eagles’ offense, which was fine at the start of the game, sputtered through much of the second half, before coming up with the final game-winning TD drive set up by quarterback Chase Rettig.
Again, all of this was good stuff for a team which has been surrounded by bad things through one of the toughest stretches in the past 20 years in BC football history.
Again, one game does not wipe out a month easily, but as Spaziani said on Sunday, it doesn’t hurt.
“”I believe if the mind is right, the body will follow,” said Spaziani.. “There was some very spontaneous excitement in the locker room. The players were starting to feel good about themselves”’
Spaziani said he also felt good. “It validates some of the things you are doing, ” he said, while acknowledging there is lots of work that must still be done.© Copyright 2012 Mark, All rights Reserved. Written For: A Jersey Guy