Perhaps USC fans will see this as a positive, but Boston College fans, just like their football team, ran all over the field after BC’s big 37-31 win over the Trojans.
The Eagles (2-1, 1-1) pounded the Trojans (2-1, 1-1) defense for 452 rushing yards and amassed 506 total yards.
The Trojans, who have never lost to BC, also had a game plan to run the ball. Their game plan tallied up just 20 rushing yards.
“We had a great game plan to run the ball, but Boston College did a great job of loading the box,” said USC quarterback Cody Kessler.
If you would have known that Kessler threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns, anyone would have assumed that the Trojans would have won, but Kessler’s strong performance wasn’t enough.
Even with Kessler’s huge numbers, the Eagles applied pressure to the Trojan offensive line, sacking Kessler five times.
“They did a good job of getting to me,” said Kessler. “We missed some assignments up front and we should have made some better calls both offensively and by me.”
The Trojans had a chance to blow the game wide open when they led 17-6, but weren’t able to give the knockout punch to the Eagles. After a couple of long runs, the Eagles eventually took the lead.
Eagles running back Tyler Murphy wasn’t going to let his team lose, a day in which they honored Welles Crowther, a Boston College alum who died in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11.
“Coach really challenged us as a team this week,” said Murphy. “It’s a big win for our program and we’re taking things in the right direction.”
Murphy definitely accepted the challenge as he ran for 191 yards on just 13 carries.
The Trojans will look to bounce back as they head back to the Pac-12 for their game against Oregon State on Sept. 27 at home.