Oct 11, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack wide receiverMarquez Valdes-Scantling
(84) has the ball knocked away by Boston College Eagles defensive backManuel Asprilla
(21) during the first half at Carter Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
Senior defensive back Manny Asprilla should have this one framed. It was one big hit he put on Marquez Valdes-Scantling during Saturday’s game.
The whole Boston College defense did a good job, considering how poorly they started the game. They made a complete 180 and clamped down on the Wolfpack offense.
And, for a secondary that has been much-maligned (in fairness, there have been issues with pass coverage and we have seen them), the statistics tell a different story. Thanks in part to the Eagles offense controlling time of possession and keeping these guys off the field, they do not give up many passing yards.
We also know that Boston College’s run defense is stout, and again on Saturday, they allowed less than 50 yards on the ground. This was the fourth time this season in which they have given up 55 or fewer rushing yards in a game.