The University of Louisville defense had heard all the talk about the Boston College defense.
"They were ranked No. 1 in the ACC," linebacker Stacy Thomas said.
But the Cardinals made a major statement for that tag on Saturday, holding the Eagles offense to only 207 yards of total offense as U of L rolled to a 52-7 victory and 8-1 mark on the season.
"We have a really good defense," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said.
U of L allowed Boston College just nine first downs, held the Eagles to 4 of 16 on third-down conversions and 0-for-2 on fourth downs. The Cardinals also had nine tackles for a loss and three sacks.
Patrick Towles was 13-for-21 for 147 yards and one interception, while the Eagles finished 14-for-25 for 150 yards passing. Richard Wilson led the Eagles with 39 yards rushing, while the team ran 37 times for 57 yards.
"We wanted the shutout," linebacker Stacy Thomas said. "But sometimes things happen. We still played good today."
It's the second straight year the Cardinals have stuffed the Eagles.
U of L edged Boston College last season when they held the Eagles to 79 yards of total offense.
"Obviously, we wanted to shut them out," Thomas said. "But we played a good game. It was a team effort. We played well on offense, defense and on special teams."
Thomas led the Cardinals with six tackles, while also recovering a fumble and returning it 20 yards. Keith Kelsey had five tackles and a forced fumble, while James Hearns had a sack, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.
Isaac Stewart and Henry Famurewa had the other sacks, while Chucky Williams had the interception and DeAngelo Brown the fumble recovery.
U of L coach Bobby Petrino said Brown and the rest of the U of L defensive front dominated the game.
"I like our defensive front," Petrino said. "They do a great job with their power and they do a great job with their discipline and gap control and get off. It's been a good job by our defensive front all year.
"It was good to see how well they played again today."