(An outsiders musings about the goings on at Boston College, aka The Heights)
Give them credit. Give it to freshman running back A.J. Dillon, the highly touted recruit who backed out of a commitment to play at Michigan to come to Boston College, give credit to an embattled and injury-riddled defense, and give credit to Eagle coach Steve Addazio, who looked into his own crystal ball last week and told us that something was happening at BC and it would be beautiful when it happened.
Well, it happened for the Eagles in Louisville on Saturday when they finally put together an entire game's worth of plays and came away with a 45-42 victory over the Cardinals, which was a payback for a lot of hurts inflicted over the past few years.
It happened because Dillion, a 6-0, 240-pound freshman with a Notre Dame pedigree (his grandfather is former Irish receiver Tom Gatewood) who originally committed to Michigan, but switched to BC, had a breakout game with 272 yards and four TD's).[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
It happened because back up QB Darius Wade, who lost a battle for the starting job with redshirt freshman Anthony Brown came off the bench when Brown got dinged and took control of the offense.
And it happened because the defense, when Louisville, led by last year's Heisman Trophy winning QB Lamar Jackson, was making a final attempt to climb back, made enough plays on its own to hold on to a victory which it truly felt it had earned.
For most of the afternoon it was an agony and ecstasy game for the Eagles who twice squandered 14-point leads in the fourth quarter and came back with big plays each time, finally capping the afternoon with a 27-yard field goal by Colton Lichtenberg as time expired.
There was poetic justice in that kick as well. Lichtenberg has had an up and down career at The Heights and missed a 40 yard attempt earlier in the game.
This time? "I was telling people that were asking me, I said, "I know, I got this,'' said Lichtenberg. ""This is it, it's going in.''
So it did.
Forget that Louisville, which had come back from a 42-28 deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter, appeared to be driving for a go-ahead TD in the final minutes, only to fumble away its last chance.
Let's get this clear right now. BC deserved to win this game. Louisville did not.
On this particular afternoon, BC was the better team. They made bigger plays at more important times in the game. They played with a passion that Addazio said he saw in his team during the week, but often disappeared at key times during games.
Not on Saturday.
This was the breakthrough game BC and Addazio needed. A quality win, against a quality opponent on the road in adverse conditions.
Unlike previous encounters of the often not so close kind against the Eagles upper ACC tier opponents, there was more than enough praise to share on Saturday.
And with one victory the clouds hovering above The Heights vanished. Instead of 2-5, BC is 3-4. Suddenly, the future of Addazio is not as dire as it seemed a few days ago. Suddenly, the next two weeks of games against Virginia and FSU do not look quite as ominous.
One win can do that for a team if it is in the right place at the right time.
On Saturday, BC did that.
For a BC fan, it was well...beautiful.[/membership]