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Five Eagle Eyed Thoughts

Justin Tuggle was sacked, threw interceptions, and was ineffective, but remains BC's quarterback.

Here are five reactions to this week’s BC game against Clemson.

The quarterback position now belongs to Justin Tuggle

Despite throwing for a magnificent two yards in the first half on 2-7 passing, Tuggle remained in the game for ninety percent of the snaps with Dave Shinskie getting very limited snaps. On Shinskie’s first snap in the second quarter he fumbled and things did not get much better afterwards. Hopefully, Shinskie can either fight the good fight pushing Tuggle to improve or he could pull a Codi Boek and become a fullback. Either way, Frank Spaziani looks like he has chosen his guy: a guy who threw 20 passes with four completions, totaling 23 yards and an interception.

The offensive line looked terrible

Yes, I know that Clemson boasts one of, if not the best, defensive lines in the country with Ricky Sapp, Jarvis Jenkins, and Da’Quan Bowers. Yet the Boston College run game looked below average the first three quarters of the Kent State game as well. At Clemson, the Josh Haden-Montel Harris duo combined for 20 yards on 19 carries.  It looks like Frank Spaziani was right when he called the line a “work in progress” when others called it the best line in a decade (it was an accident). I know the passing game could not keep Clemson honest, but you have to do better than that.

The defense looks pretty good

The scoreboard deceived the untrained eye on how well Boston College played at Death Valley. Clemson QB Kyle Parker never got into a groove and he threw for only 100 yards with two interceptions. Boston College also relatively contained RB C.J. Spiller to four and a half yards a carry while also limiting the entire offense to 150 yards. The offense put them in a lot of tight situations and their ‘bend, but not break’ philosophy against a volatile Clemson team led to six field goals.

Where is the pass rush?

Three sacks in three games can not get it done for DEs Jim Ramella and Alex Albright. It looks like DC Bill McGovern does not trust the young linebackers to do anything to crazy, so it will be up to Ramella and Albright to help cover for a very solid secondary.

Death to phantom lightning delays

Death to thirty minute mandatory pauses in sporting events! I know that all the seating at Clemson was on metal benches and you do not want to risk injury, but please. I sat in a booth engineering the game for five hours because every time the referee heard thunder he made everyone run off the field. It was like an over anxious parent by the pool. Of course, I had to engineer the first rain delay in Clemson in over fifteen years.

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