Army Report Card: Boston College

Army fell to Boston College 48-27 on Saturday. ArmySports.com's Jim Lawler grades the Blacks Knights performance in several key team areas.

PASSING OFFENSE: C-
Angel Santiago was 2-of-3 for 87 passing yards before he left the game with a left ankle injury. Santiago first pass attempt was off a well-designed flea flicker pass. Dixon faked the fullback dive then pitched the ball back to Angel who hit a wide open Xavier Moss for a 75-yard touchdown. Santiago's last pass was a key third-and-7 seven yard pass to Moss for a first down that set up Army's second touchdown. Unfortunately on the next series Santiago was sacked and injured his left ankle. While Angel was smart to hold the ball and take the one yard loss his injury really hurt the offense. Kelvin White replaced him and was 3 for 8 for 19 passing yards. White completed two passes, one each to Terry Baggett and Anthony Stephens, to move the team 67 yards and set up a field goal on his initial drive. In the second half White was ineffective and Anthony Stephens (2 rec. for 9 yards) had a costly drop on third down when Army really needed a first down. Boston College was credited for three sacks but one, on Tevin Long, was actually a running play where he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B
The Black Knights rushed for 351 yards, averaged 5.4 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns. The Black Knights got off to a good start scoring on five of their first six possessions. Angel Santiago (6 att., 23 yards) had the offense clicking on all cylinders before he left the game with an ankle injury. Kelvin White (11 att., 32 yards) often pitched too early and lacks the quickness to turn the ball up the field and make plays.

Larry Dixon (11 att., 135 yards, 2 TDs) had an impressive career long 80-yard touchdown run where he showed his new found top end speed. Trenton Turrentine (7 atts, 54 yards) had another sold game. Terry Baggett (10 att. 39 yards) didn't find a ton of room with the Eagles keying on him but he blocked well on the perimeter. Aaron Kemper (2 att., 11 yards) left the game after hurting his arm. Tevin Long, the starting quarterback at USMAPS last year, made his debut and showed his quickness with four rushes for 16 yards.

PASSING DEFENSE: D
Boston College's quarterback Chase Rettig completed 11-of-13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown. Army dropped him once after sacking Rettig five times last year. Marques Avery, starting for the suspended Josh Jenkins in the first half, failed to maintain outside leverage on a the Eagles first play as Alex Amidon took the short pass 68-yards to set up their first touchdown. Free safety Hayden Pierce (8 tackles) was beat for the first touchdown on a short 3-yard pass. At 31-27 in the third quarter Chris Carnegie (4 tackles) was beat by Amidon for a costly 39-yard completion but his coverage wasn't bad. It was a perfect throw and a nice catch by one of the best wide receivers in the ACC. SAM safety Shaquille Tolbert (7 tackles, pass def.) broke up a touchdown pass at the goal line with the diving deflection but continues to struggle in pass coverage. Josh Jenkins (2 tackles) was beat by Spiffy Evans for a 20-yard reception. Jarrett Mackey (2 tackles) made a nice tackle on Amidon after a screen pass to force a three and out series to start the third quarter.

RUSHING DEFENSE: F
The Black Knights were once again run over by a Steve Addazio coached power running team. The Eagles ran for 320 rushing yards, 7.9 yards per carry and five touchdowns. Andre Williams ran for 263 yards and tied a school record by running for five scores. The Boston College offensive line was able to seal the edge and push the Black Knights back to provide Williams with cutback lanes. Bobby Kough (3 tackles) and nose tackle Richard Glover (3 tackles) were dominated at the point of attack. Julian Holloway (10 tackles, 1 sack) was often making tackles five yards down field at mike linebacker due to the push of the BC offensive line. Rover Thomas Holloway made ten tackles before limping off with a leg injury. Longtime scout player Colby Miller (3 tackles, 1 TFL) played with his usual intensity previously only seen on the JV squad as he stuffed Williams for a loss short of the first down late in the game to force a punt.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D
Kicker Dan Grochowski hit from 38 and 40 yards. Groch seems to have found the stroke he had in his prep season at USMAPS. His kickoffs were short this game and Army's kick coverage allowed 37 yards per kick return. Punter Alex Tardieu didn't boom the ball and averaged 34.6 yards on five punts. He directionally punted a few times but Spiffy Evans was able to return a punt 28 yards. Scott Williams was tackled for no gain on his one punt return and fair caught his other chances. Julian Crockett returned and had a seven yard kickoff return. It was a rough day for the special teams.

COACHING: D
Rich Ellerson and the staff were once had no answers for Steve Addazio running attack. They made some second have adjustment that forced a few punts but they lacked the man power to deal with the best rushing attack in the ACC. Offensive coordinator Ian Shields made a great call on the flea flicker pass for a touchdown off a faked fullback dive. Chris Smeland and Payam Sadaat not only didn't have answers for B.C.'s offense but lost some key defenders to injuries.

OVERALL GRADE: D
I didn't expect a win here but I was disappointed Steve Addazio offense once again rolled over the Black Knights defense so easily. I believe the offense may have kept the Black Knights more competitive but Santiago's injury ended that chance.

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