BC will get thrashed by Miami and ends common season with third straight loss

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An eight win season is not in play for the Eagles, however they will nonetheless safe their first seven win season since 2018.

Miami’s Henry Parrish (proper) bought a giant elevate from teammate Matt Lee after scoring one in every of his two second-quarter touchdowns that helped the Hurricanes construct a 28-7 halftime lead.

A season as soon as stuffed with promise for Boston School soccer swiftly spiraled into a well-recognized finality of mediocrity.

The Eagles ripped off 5 straight wins, teasing followers with a glimmer of hope, then dropped three straight to complete a dizzying common season at .500.

Their newest setback got here towards Miami Friday, because the Hurricanes cruised to a 45-20 triumph at Alumni Stadium. The Eagles (6-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Convention) dedicated expensive turnovers and penalties, couldn’t cease the move or run, and confirmed minimal urgency offensively.

“I really feel like we have to regroup,” BC quarterback Thomas Castellanos stated. “Getting a bowl sport was actually good, however that’s the place we type of stopped at. We bought complacent, and we bought over our heads. Guys type of laid off.”

The Hurricanes (7-5, 3-5 ACC) racked up 532 whole yards, together with 290 within the air, and dismantled a banged-up BC secondary.

BC confirmed some mettle in flashes, but it surely wasn’t practically sufficient towards a superior opponent.

The Eagles struck first, when Kye Robichaux front-flipped into the top zone from 1 yard out on the opening drive. A 40-yard move from Thomas Castellanos to Dino Tomlin helped set it up, as BC took a 7-0 edge with 9:55 left within the first quarter.

It was all Hurricanes the remainder of the half. Miami seized command and ripped off 28 straight factors to take a commanding 28-7 edge into the third quarter.

“We did a very good job executing on the primary drive,” Castellanos stated, “and we type of let it slip away.”

Mark Fletcher Jr. scored from 1 yard out late within the first and Henry Parrish Jr. from 15 yards early within the second to place Miami forward. Colbie Younger hauled in a 10-yard strike from Tyler Van Dyke (23 for 36, 290 yards, 2 touchdowns), then Parrish delivered from 2 yards with 21 seconds earlier than halftime.

Miami outgained BC, 269-132, within the half. The Hurricanes, who featured the No. 1 rush protection within the ACC, held the Eagles to 50 yards on the bottom within the half. Miami dominated possession, holding the ball for practically 18 minutes and punting solely as soon as earlier than the break.

Outdoors of Castellanos, BC totaled simply 13 speeding yards on the day.

“These three three-and-outs had been crucial,” BC coach Jeff Hafley stated. “These damage us. They type of took us out of our sport. The protection was on the sphere for a reasonably good stretch there within the second quarter. The sport bought the way in which it was. We haven’t been constructed very effectively to come back again like that, however we have to be.”

Friday’s motion mirrored sloppy showings towards Louisville and Virginia Tech, when BC was merely outmatched in each aspect towards a extra bodily, expert, and relentless opponent. Its protection has allowed 46 touchdowns this season, essentially the most within the ACC.

The Eagles confirmed indicators of life early within the third, when Gilbert Tongrongou recovered a fumble and Castellanos (15 for 25, 151 yards, 1 landing, 2 interceptions) wiggled free for a 21-yard rating. Down, 28-14, with loads of time remaining, BC nonetheless couldn’t gradual the Hurricanes.

Miami transformed on fourth and 4, then Van Dyke related with Jacolby George for a 4-yard TD to increase the margin to 35-14 by way of three. The Hurricanes tacked on 3 extra when Ahmad Moten intercepted Castellanos and Andres Borregales nailed a 26-yard discipline objective with 8:36 on the clock.

Lewis Bond hauled in a 2-yard rating from Castellanos with 5:50 left, Ajay Allen added a 30-yard run for Miami, and that was that.

“We had been dissatisfied we couldn’t get the W for our seniors,” defensive finish Neto Okpala stated. “They’ve labored so exhausting all 12 months. I bought emotional. Lots of us actually bought emotional.”

Regardless of the 25-point loss, a relentlessly optimistic Hafley selected to focus on the resilience of his gamers.

“I recognize the struggle within the group,” Hafley stated. “That one may have opened up actually fast, they usually got here again.”

The Eagles are bowl-eligible, with the Fenway Bowl the most probably possibility and the Pinstripe Bowl and Navy Bowl, amongst others, additionally in play. The bowl matchups will probably be revealed Dec. 3.

BC can nonetheless cement its first seven-win season since 2018, however the opportunity of its first eight-win season since 2009 has vanished.

When requested how he feels a few six-win common season, Hafley saved it easy.

“It will get us in a bowl sport,” he stated. “We’re going to go get seven.”