After defeating The University of Maine with a score of 24-3, the Boston College Eagles look to polish the fundamentals in preparation of the Howard University Bison.
The statistics from the game show that the young, inexperienced team did their job. Defensively, the Eagles had five sacks and allowed only seven yards rushing. The offense had possession for 40 minutes of the game.
In addition, Boston College did not turn the ball over and did not commit many penalties. With statistics like this, the Eagles should have more to show for it on the scoreboard.
“The oddity was we didn’t put a lot of points up on the board,” said head coach Steve Addazio.
Addazio credits the low score to freshman mistakes and the special teams not returning punts well.
With the defense forcing the Black Bears to punt on their own 20 or 25 yard line multiple times, the Eagles should have obtained impressive field position. Sherman Alston returned four punts with a total of 35 yards and his longest return being 19.
Being the first game of the season for Boston College, mistakes are expected. The Eagles had an 18 play possession which resulted in a field goal.
“I think the good news with our guys is that they’re really locked in to understanding that we’ve got to get better,” said Addazio. “It felt great that we won a game, but I don’t think anybody walked out of the film session on Sunday and felt too great. We made sure they didn’t.”
This Saturday, the Eagles will take on Howard University at home. The Bison will be the second FCS team Boston College faces. Addazio said in a press conference Monday the team needs to fine-tune the fundamentals in order to decrease the mistakes.