Ten Things From NC State

The Eagles gave coach Tom O'Brien a very rude welcome back to BC on Saturday. The Spaziani lead Eagles pounded O'Brien's Wolfpack, beating them in every phase of the game. It was the third straight win over NC State and left O'Brien 0-and-3 against his old team. It was also the fifth win of the season for BC, putting them in first place in the Atlantic division.

BC Shows Resiliency

A week after the team floundered in Blacksburg they looked like they could legitimately contend for an ACC title on Saturday. The player's only meeting held this week certainly paid dividends. The players acknowledged that nobody was hanging their head over last week's loss and clearly this allowed the team to move on and play their type of game against North Carolina State.

Harris Has Record-Breaking Day

Montel Harris broke the school single game rushing mark with 264 yards and the single game touchdown mark with five scores. The previous single game rushing mark was set by Phil Bennett in 1972 with 253. The last time a BC player ran for four touchdowns was Darnell Campbell in 1993. Harris already has 10 touchdowns on the season with five games remaining on the schedule. Harris showed impeccable balance and vision, busting through the Wolfpack defense for several long runs. Spaziani said of Harris, "he floats like that hockey puck in air hockey." Hats off to the offensive line, as they turned in their best performance of the year as well.

Bazooka A Success

BC ran the "Bazooka" formation four times for 140 yards. Each time Harris took the snap, faked to Gunnell as he came around the end and took it off the left side. He busted one for a career long 70 yards on the first play. He also had runs of 5, 46, and a 29 yards out of this formation. One went for a TD. It's fair to say that the BC staff saw an opportunity there and exploited it to perfection.

Larmond Stretches The Field

At this point it is very obvious that Colin Larmond Jr. is the best receiver on the team. He has had three straight games with a catch of at least 48 yards and has scored three touchdowns in the last four games. His 59-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter came on an under thrown ball by Shinskie. Larmond made a great adjustment and simply out-muscled the defender. He is fast and physical and will continue to be a force as long as Shinskie can deliver him the ball downfield.

Defensive Blitz Packages

BC employed a very effective blitz scheme early on in the first quarter. They pressured Russell Wilson and Bowman managed to bring him down on a delayed safety blitz. However, the defense quickly switched to using stunts and zone blitzes, which were not nearly as successful. The defensive line is not athletic enough to be able to drop into coverage. Austin Giles was dropping into coverage too often to count. This strategy did work on occasion; Alex Albright even managed to break up a pass in the back of the end zone. But more often then not, BC was left rushing three with little to no pressure on the quarterback.

Safeties Step Up

Wes Davis and Marcellus Bowman combined for 11 tackles. Bowman had a sack and Davis recorded an interception. They prevented any big plays and kept Wilson in check all day. It was important for them to play well, especially after being burned badly last week. They will be tested again next week at Notre Dame.

Spaziani Owns O'Brien

Since O'Brien has left BC he is now 0-3 versus his former team. Spaz's familiarity with O'Brien and Bible's offense has allowed the Eagles to outscore NC State 127-68 in the three meetings between the two.

Pathetic NC State Defense

It is hard to believe that many people predicted this NC State team would win the Atlantic Division. The play of their defense was embarrassing. BC was able to run the ball down their throats even when they were expecting a run. The defense clearly was not interested in playing football on Saturday. Give credit to the BC line for crushing what little interest the NC State the kids had in playing this game.

Herzlich Addresses Crowd Again

For the second consecutive home game Mark Herzlich took the microphone at mid-field in an effort to spark some fire in the crowd before the team runs on the field. The problem is that only about a quarter of the crowd is in their seats when he is talking so the enthusiasm and passionate pre-game speech is lost on most of the crowd. It's a shame that most BC fans are more interest in getting drunk in the parking lot than supporting the team.

Eagles Perfect At Home

Boston College improves to 5-0 at Alumni Stadium this season. They have averaged 39 points a game at home but just 10.5 on the road this season. BC has three of their remaining five games on the road (at Notre Dame, at Virginia, and at Maryland) so it will be interesting to see if this trend continues or not.


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