It sure must have felt good to get the first win of the season. That must have been the mindset of the Boston College Eagles (1-2, 0-1) after last Saturday night’s win over Maine, 38-17. Sure the victory came against an FCS opponent, however, good things happened last weekend that hopefully will carry them through the rest of the season. Some of those things include being productive in the red zone (3-of-5), a third down conversion rate of 6-of-14, and most importantly,111 yards on the ground. It’s the first time BC has done that this season. The offensive line was better, yes QB Phil Jurkovec was sacked three times, but the pass protection and run blocking were much better as a whole. It will need to continue on that path as on Saturday night, the Eagles head to Tallahassee, Florida to meet the Florida State Seminoles (3-0, 0-1).
The Seminoles are 3-0 for the first time since 2015. Last Friday night, they went on the road in league play and came away with a 35-31 win over Louisville. They have handled Boston College very well, thank you, having won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two schools. In Tallahassee, the Seminoles are 6-2 vs BC. The last victory for Boston College came back in 2017 when the Eagles rolled to a 35-3 victory at Chestnut Hill. At the time it snapped a seven-game losing streak to FSU. In the ACC, the Seminoles are 12-4 vs BC. Since the series began back in 1957, Florida State has a 14-5 advantage.
FSU leads the ACC and is 11th in the nation with 242.3 yards on the ground. They are second in the conference and 24th overall with 495 yards worth of total offense. Needless to say, the Eagles defense will be tested for sure in this one. Key players to watch for are WR Johnny Wilson (260 receiving yards). He had seven catches for 149 yards last week vs the Cardinals, both were career highs. RB Treshaun Ward ran for 126 yards (302 for the year), a yard short of his career high. It is the first time since 2015 that FSU had a wide receiver and running back with at least 125 yards in the same game.
Boston College will need to sustain drives and keep their defense off the field against this Seminoles offense. A balanced attack will be priority one for the Eagles. The Eagles’ pass defense heads into this game ranked third in the league and 30th in the nation in pass defense allowing 179.7 yards a game in three weeks. QB Phil Jurkovec has done a nice job of involving everyone in the passing game. He has hit six different receivers in all three games to date.
Against Maine, he had four completions that went for 30 yards or more. Last week vs the Black Bears, he threw for 320 yards on 25-of-37 passing. It was his seventh 300-yard game as an Eagle which places him fifth all-time, and he is the third fastest to 4,000 career passing yards (19 games). WR Zay Flowers also had a big game vs Maine. eight catches for 89 yards and a score (51 yards). He is now fifth all-time in both yards with 2,264 and receptions with 144. This will be a bit of a homecoming for BC strong safety Jason Woodley who played three seasons at FSU. He started 22 of 24 games and made 105 tackles.