During Boston College’s win on Saturday against Villanova, the Eagles showed some signs of being able to effectively move the football, particularly on play action and/or when throwing to Alex Amidon or Bobby Wolford. This week, they will step up to face an Atlantic Coast Conference defense from Wake Forest which had the sort of game against Presbyterian that one would expect.
Boston College Offense vs. Wake Forest Defense: Statistical Comparison
(Please note: I distinctly recall BC giving up a sack, but BC’s official statistics above say no)
It’s practically silly to look at this season’s stats after one game, but last season was last season and it no longer has any relevance. There are still a few interesting things to pick out of these numbers, even though both teams played FCS opponents.
Wake Forest’s defense turned Presbyterian over six times on Saturday; the Eagles’ defense officially had four, but it could just as well have been five or six. Boston College’s offense, on the other hand, only coughed it up once on the Amidon fumble. Chase Rettig threw no interceptions.
Also noteworthy was how Wake Forest only sacked Presbyterian’s quarterback once, but that is only because he threw 15 pass attempts and the Blue Hose managed just two first downs in the entire game. That is probably much more notable, though again against an FCS opponent. Wake’s opponents were completely helpless and though the game did not start out well for the Deacs, the final score looked a lot better.
As for the Eagles, they had some offensive hiccups in the first half and did not in general use an explosive gameplan. BC ran, ran, and ran some more, then used the run to open up the pass. It was fairly effective, though the Eagles managed few big plays on the ground. Quarterback Chase Rettig started strong and finished strong and didn’t make any major mistakes. BC might have liked the point total to be higher.