(An outsiders musings about goings on at Boston College, aka The Heights)
Give Boston College football coach Steve Addazio and his staff credit. They tried to fix what was broke after a pair of one-sided losses to Wake Forest and Notre Dame. They really did.
They fiddled with a defense which had allowed Notre Dame to run for a staggering 308 yards on 6 plays in a 49-21 loss to the Irish, who produced 515 yards of rushing offense.
Small wonder, the Eagles came to Death Valley to face defending national champion Clemson on Saturday as 34-point underdogs.
But that perception changed slightly when the Eagles stood tall and matched Clemson for slightly more than 45 minutes.
And that was a primary reason why the No. 2 ranked Tigers heard some scattered boos from the crowd when they began the fourth quarter tied with the Eagles at 7-7. The Tiger defense was doing its job, but there were almost no Tiger paw tracks in the end zone produced by an offense which rolled over Louisville and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson, 47-21 last week.
Not to worry, Clemson fans.
The Tigers played their role in the final 15 minutes and so did BC, in what will be a very misleading 34-7 Clemson victory to casual fans checking the scores on their phones.
In the end, the numbers for BC were almost as depressing as a week ago. Only the timing was different. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.