Eagles’ Fourth-Quarter Progress Stopped Short of Comeback
RALEIGH, N.C. — Boston College scored 20 unanswered points in the second half and mounted a formidable fourth-quarter comeback drive, but it was not enough as the Eagles dropped a 28-23 loss at No. 23/25 NC State.
Ben Glines – filling in for the injured All-American running back AJ Dillon – rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown and made two catches for 19 yards and a score. Anthony Brown was 14-of-25 for 198 yards on the afternoon.
NC State struck first, as Reggie Gallaspy rushed three yards for the score with 7:52 left in the opening quarter. BC got on the board thanks to the leg of Colton Lichtenberg, who booted a 33-yard field goal with just under five minutes to play, making it 7-3, off of the first of four takeaways by the Eagles.
The Wolfpack took control of the ballgame in the second quarter, tacking on two more scores as Gallaspy punched another one in from one-yard out with 4:43 left in the quarter. In the closing seconds of the first half, the tandem of Ryan Finley and Jakobi Meyers connected on a four-yard passing play to make it 21-3 at the half.
NC State carved close to nine minutes off the clock to start the third quarter, but the drive ended in a BC special teams highlight, as Kevin Bletzer blocked the Wolfpack’s 19-yard field goal attempt.
After NC State extended its lead to 28-3, Ben Glines scored his second rushing TD of the season, breaking off a 21-yard rush with 1:33 left in the third quarter, making it 28-10.
Thanks to a forced fumble by John Lamot with just under 13 minutes left, BC got the ball back and drove the field once again. Brown connected with Glines on an 11-yard pass and the Eagles cut it to 28-16 with 11 minutes to play.
The BC defense forced an NC State three-and-out on its next series and took over on its own 19-yard line. Brown aired it out with passing plays of 35 yards to Jeff Smith, 21 yards to Michael Walker, and 13 yards to Tommy Sweeney, setting up 1st-and-goal at the NC State five-yard line. Ben Glines rushed up the middle and had his progress stopped by the pile, but NC State managed to come away with the football at the two-yard line with six minutes left.
After a stalled Wolfpack drive, Mike Palmer blocked the punt and Travis Levy gathered the loose ball in the end zone for the special team’s score. After that play, BC trailed 28-23 with 3:33 to play. However, the Eagles were not able to get the NC State offense off the field for a final chance at the fourth-quarter comeback.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ben Glines rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. The redshirt junior also caught two passes for 19 yards and another TD. Glines filled in for the injured All-American running back AJ Dillon, who missed the game.
- Anthony Brown completed 14-of-25 passes for 198 yards. He also rushed six times for 21 yards.
- Kobay White hauled in four catches for 46 yards, while Michael Walker made three grabs for 72 yards – including a team-best 46-yard reception. Jeff Smith also had a 35-yard catch on the afternoon.
- Walker finished with 167 all-purpose yards, thanks to 95 yards on four kickoff returns.
- Colton Lichtenberg returned to the field and connected on his first field goal of the season – a 33-yard boot in the first quarter.
- Isaiah McDuffie led the Eagles with 13 tackles, including six solo stops and a half-sack, in his first career start. Connor Strachan added 12 tackles and Mike Palmer 10 (five solo).
- In total, BC forced four turnovers on the afternoon – including two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
- Zach Allen logged his first interception of the season – and second of his career – while Kevin Bletzer also logged a pickoff.
- Max Richardson was ejected in the third quarter for targeting. As a result of the penalty coming in the third quarter, he will miss the first half of next week’s home game vs. Louisville.
- Boston College totaled 318 total yards (198 passing/120 rushing) on 100 total plays. BC gained 147 total yards in the fourth quarter.
- The Eagles made 12 first downs and were 1-of-10 on third down conversions and 1-of-2 on fourth down.
- BC averaged 14.1 yards per completion.
- Boston College forced four NC State turnovers, which accounted for nine points.
- The Eagles special teams blocked a punt, a field goal and caused a turnover on a punt.
- Boston College hosts Louisville on Saturday, Oct. 13 in the annual homecoming game. Kickoff at Alumni Stadium is set for 12:30 p.m. and the game will air live on regional sports networks via the ACC. Locally the game can be seen live on NESN. The BC IMG Sports Network will air the game on 850 WEEI AM, beginning with the pregame show at noon
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