(An outsider’s musings about the happenings at Boston College, aka The Heights)
BOSTON–So it has come to pass–again.
Boston College is going bowling for the second straight season, which was one of the goals set by Coach Steve Addazio for his team at the beginning of the season.
No, it will not be a glamour New Year’s Day bowl. BC (6-5) has not been part of that scene in more than 30 years, but considering the setbacks caused by injuries, the slow start in which they staggered through four losses in their first six games, it was a milestone event for the Eagles.
The setting for this triumph was Fenway Park on a rainy Saturday night in another ”road game”–only BC can play “home”games in Dublin, Ireland and road games against Notre Dame and, Saturday night, against UConn.
The Eagles reached the moderate summit of 6 victories, which makes them bowl eligible with a 39-16 victory over the outmanned Huskies.
The victory was no surprise since UConn has been a work in slow progress all season in Coach Randy Edsall’s first season of his second tour of duty in Storrs. The loss dropped the Huskies to 3-8 for a season which will come to a close next weekend against Cincinnati.
BC fans, however, can now breath a large collective sigh of relief without much of the pressure of having to win next weekend at Syracuse. The Orange, who were pummeled by Louisville, 56-10 on Saturday, now have 7 losses and very little incentive to beat the Eagles.
Before the game, there was widespread speculation about how the Eagles would handle life the rest of this season without starting quarterback Anthony Brown, who was sidelined in a 17-14 loss to North Carolina State last week with an injury to his right knee which is scheduled to be surgically repaired this week. The Eagles hope Brown will be ready to play by next season’s opener.
The speculation increased when back-up QB Darius Wade couldn’t find a way to guide BC past the Wolfpack. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.