Boston College’s defense had a few issues last week against the Villanova Wildcats but otherwise found a way to restore order and then to eventually dominate their opposition. On Friday, they’ll step up to the FBS level to face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Boston College Defense vs. Wake Forest Offense: Statistical Comparison
Probably the first thing people would notice is how the Eagles could allow 355 offensive yards to an FCS school. Villanova ended up having some good drives on the Eagles, but only scored one offensive touchdown. Towards the end of the game, Boston College started intensifying the pressure and creating turnovers, in addition to breaking through for sacks. In fact, they got four of each. It was not a perfect effort, but there was some good news to take from it from the Eagle perspective.
What might also be both hopeful and sad is that if BC sacks Tanner Price three times on Friday, they will exceed their 2012 sack total in Week 2.
Presbyterian brought Price down once last week and his offense turned it over twice. Wake Forest had a few less total yards but scored one more touchdown than the Eagles did; in that both teams won, differences like that are relatively minor and not worth evaluating. Both offenses followed a similar trajectory: slow start, solid finish. Wake Forest behind Price did what it needed to do; he helped the team by not hurting it, and the run game collected 189 yards to back him up.
Boston College shut Villanova out for the final three quarters of the game, so in many respects, they did what they needed to do as well, but the task for each unit gets much harder on Friday as they face one another.