Instead of coming off the field, with their heads down, they sprinted off the field and heard the cheers that came from the remainder of the Alumni Stadium crowd of 32,465 who came out on a night which had a feel of autumn.
Offensive coordinator Ryan Day and Defensive coordinator Don Brown and high-fived and hugged each other as they came off the field, a rare occurence in recent years on the coaching staff at Boston College.
And the public address announcer talked about the “undefeated” Boston College Eagles, a statement which hadn’t been made since 2010.
Boston College is two games into the 2013 football season. The Eagles are also 2-0, which MATCHES their win total of a year ago.
Eight quarters into the 2013 football season and the BC defense has recorded 6 sacks, which matches their total of last season compiled in 48 quarters.
The Eagles opened the Atlantic Coast Conference portion of their season Friday night with a 24-10 win over Wake Forest, which also makes Steve Addazio 2-0 as the Eagles coach andsends them on their first road trip next week at USC with an attitude that anything is possible.
“I think it’s awesome to be 2-0,” said BC’s senior QB Chase Rettig, who will make a California homecoming trip next week. “The best thing about being 2-0 is that we have a chance to be 3-0.”
Yes, they do because, believe it or not, this BC team–with a strong group of senior leadership led by players like Rettig and running back Andre Williams, wide receiver Alex Amidon and middle linebacker Steele Divitto–simply has had enough of the mediocrity which crept into the program the past few years.
Rettig was efficient against Wake, completing 7 of 14 passes for 123 yards and two first half touchdowns which were set up by Wake turnovers.
Amidon was steady and on one reception spectacular in being the primary receiver for Rettig.
Williams, who did not practice all week because of a strained hamstring muscle, was steady and at times spectacular in carrying the ball 35 times for a career high 204 yards and 1 TD.
It was even more special for the 6-foot-0, 227 pound Williams since he has suffered injuries or been injured in his three previous games against Wake.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Williams, “since I never even finished a game against them.”
In three previous appearances against Wake his rushing totals were 6 carries for 1 yard.
But this was a different Williams, running like he did as a freshman. This was a confident aggressive defense that was playing the way Brown promised they would play when he took over the DC role last winter.
Brown promised a blitz package that would be aggressive, which seemed ambitious against an option offense led by a four year starting QB in Tanner Price.
Harried by the defense which was in his face or on his back all night, Price fumbled two options in first half, which cost the Deacons’ two TDs and probably the game.
“Who says you can’t blitz the option?” said Brown with a smile after the game. “With the concept, we are playing, it makes it easier. You just have to get the ball out of the QB’s hands and go get it and chase it.”
The Eagles did that in the first half which a spectacular goal line stand which stopped the Wake offense four times from the BC three in the final seconds of the second quarter.
“The goal line stand was unbelievable,” said Brown. “And we did it all with a base defense. When you are down in that area (inside the 5) the field shrinks. We just played it out.”
Brown conceded even he was surprised at the speed the Eagle’ veterans have picked up his concept
“I’ve done this a couple of times,” he said. “It usually takes time. There is a lot of stuff, the kids have to take on conceptually. They have done a marvelous job of doing that. I like this bunch of kids.”
Since taking a few steps backward in the first half in their opener against Villanova last week, the BC defense has been more than stingy in giving up anything.
It has been as aggressive as Brown promised and less mistake prone than the BC defense of the past few seasons.
Two games does not make a season, nor does it even constitute a trend.
But for a team and a group of players–especially the seniors–it was an indicator that things are turning in a positive direction.
“It’s great,” said Amidon of the 2-0 start. “In the fourth quarter, I was so pumped. Not nervous. Just excited to get off to a start like this.”
It could change quickly, since the Eagles next two games are against USC and Florida State, which in a much higher rent district.
But 2-0 is 2-0 and no one can take that way from the Eagles–at least not without a fight.© Copyright 2013 Mark, All rights Reserved. Written For: