(An outsider’s musings about what is happening at Boston College, AKA The Heights)

CHESTNUT HILL, Ma.—So it goes at Boston College.

Just when you think the Eagles are ready for a breakthrough moment, they break down.

Just when Boston College fans were ready to watch the Eagles check off a pre-season goal which looked very reachable–earning a 6th win which would make them bowl eligible–they stumbled and found themselves scrambling for respectability–again.

All of that was again on display at alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Boston College closed its home season with a game against North Carolina State.

The Eagles (5-5) came into the game following a week off and were facing an NC State (7-3) which was coming off tough back to back losses to Notre Dame and Clemson.

BC needed  one more win to become  bowl eligible. One.

That didn’t happen as the Eagles not only dropped a 17-14 decision to the Wolfpack, but played most of the final three quarters of the game without starting quarterback Anthony Brown who went down with what could very well be a season-ending knee injury when he limped off the field after the first series of the second quarter.

“”There’s nothing definite,” said BC coach Steve Addazio after the game talking about the injury to the redshirt freshman QB who had been a big part of BCs mid-season resurgence as well as the loss of starting CB Kamrin Moore (shoulder). “But it doesn’t look good.”

The Eagles have dealt with major injuries to their starters all season and have come up with ways to compete.

They did it again on Saturday, overcoming a 10-7 NC State halftime lead to grab a 14-10 lead with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Eagles’ were in their “hold on mold” until the 8:22 mark of the fourth quarter when State running back Neyheim Hines broke through a gap in the Eagles defense and sprinted 50 yards for what turned into a go-ahead and eventual game-winning TD for NC State.

With that loss, the supply of optimism which had been stored in the BC tanks is now draining rapidly. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.