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Hard to believe we are at the half-way mark of the season and we are already talking about must-wins. But this is a must win if BC has any hopes for a bowl game.
Any crowd updates?
"The Nation's #1 defense." Love the sound of that.
Crowd is horrible. Local alumni suck.
Nice run by Walker. I don't like the all maroon uniforms.
Another drive-killing penalty. Cannot have receivers false starting.
Terrible start. This is in part because of the QB nonsense.
As fun as the defense is to watch, it is that much painful to watch the offense.
Can't run on these Eagles!
Good start for the D...of course Alston made the return interesting.
#58 got whipped on that Rouse run.
I hope Smith comes in next. Even with a few first downs, the D is not respecting Flutie and it cripples the run game.
Wow, Texas just beat OU.
That was Alston's best return this year.
Outlow has got to hit the holes faster.
Darn, if Smith could throw, that would have been a TD.
Great job by Callinan for adjusting.
What a wasted drive. Smith played well.
Kicking game is going to give me a coronary. It's cost us 6 games over the past 2 years.
Smith moved the ball, but that horrible throw cost us a TD.
Jesus. 4 down territory in the red zone now. Never again.
Uh oh. Kudos to Wake for that call. Salt in the wound.
I think the BC defense is very, very vulnerable to the deep ball. I'm surprised more teams don't pass on this defense. You can't run on them so I don't know why teams insist on trying.
How is that receiver that wide open? They need to start blitzing.
This is an ugly game.
At least the Wake kicker looks as bad as BCs.
I like this Gowins kid.
Gowins looks good so far.
Alston is killing BC this year. That INT is all on him.
That wasn't Smith's fault. That's on Alston.
Comically bad. Smith has actually looked decent passing. Too bad his receivers are awful.
What a great defensive play. Johnson and Strachan.
Why couldn't have Smith tried that pass? This is just stupid.
I'm not sure about having Howell kick with a quad injury. Field position may decide this game.
Let the QB carousel continue.
I can't tell if the BC defense is very good, or if the offenses we have faced are plain atrocious.
Our offensive line just can't do it. By far our biggest problem. Makes everybody else look worse than they probably are.
I think Wake only has 1 yard rushing so far.
I want to see Smith on this drive.
Correction, 4 yards. That's insane!
ATL, I don't know how you can say one QB is better than the other. They both can't move the offense.
Gowins looking like Andre Williams
O-line has got to give BC a fighting chance.
Flutie held it too long.
Don't like the feel of this game. We need the defense to score. Any bowl chance disolves if we lose this game.
Sacked on a 4 man rush. Just sad.
ATL, Flutie had no time to get set. #74 whiffed his block. You'll see it on the 2nd viewing.
We better not sit on it.
Guaranteed BC will.
Clawson knows how to use the clock and timeouts.
If they were planning to do that, why bother taking a timeout?
No QB could move this offense with this offensive line.
Gonna give Wake good field position with decent time left now.
Just 89 total yards for the Wake offense. Only 11 on the ground. If I were Wake, I would pass nearly every down. I really think BC is vulnerable to the pass.
Heh Daz promised even more base football. Be on the look for A bunch of R-R-R-P this half. Wake should do the quick 5 yard passes like Duke did. They hit a few quick slants in the first half.
I'm impressed with Gowins for not losing the ball on some of those hits. True freshman facing 9 defenders in the box. I don't know if we have ever had an offense this limited, and I have been a fan for a long time.
Addazio highly critical of the missed blocks at the halftime interview with St. Pierre.
Big Jack, the BC offense under Shinskie was pretty bad.
Addazio has to pick one of these guys to be the quarterback and go with it. The unit is confused and cannot get any consistency. I don't know who he goes with as they both are very bad, but just pick one and ride them.
Not sure where the anti-Flutie bias on the part of ATL comes from. Did Flutie's uncle cost him a bet years ago?
Good first defensive stand.
Wow - you have to question Addazio on this.
Game over. First team that scores wins. Might be the only team that scores. Bullshit for the defense.
Now we ask the D to save us again.
Well that's the game.
This is a horrible head coaching job. Why would we burn Gowins' redshirt? Does he really believe Outlow and Rouse are the issue?
Smith...Flutie...I don't care. Just score some points.
I can't believe we are going to lose 2 games in a row with the opponent not getting in the endzone. Amazing!
NESN just went dark here in roughly central Mass. (Comcast country). Mercy rule, perhaps?
Now that was on Smith. Stupid.
I think I'm going to watch the defense and then switch channels when the offense takes the field.
Someone please tell Daz that Smith is not Murphy. If he thinks the kid can run (he can't, lacks vision), then make him a RB and let the QB be someone who can throw the GD ball.
I can't believe that BC was a 9.5 point favorite.
Wake is setting us up for the deep ball.
Go for a punt block now.
Taking late hits might be our best offense.
Is Willis injured?
Willis is not 100%. Still recovering from mono.
#74 is having a terrible game.
Christ, put Knoll back in. We almost have to go for it on 4th downs now.
Fail. Fail. Fail.
Why are they kicking a fg?! And if you're going to kick you should have centered the damn ball on third down. This guy clearly can't kick from the hash.
Again, that drive was killed by Bowen's false start. The O-line needs to be more disciplined.
Am I crazy to think we are still going to win?
With a whole lot of luck:Quick Lane BowlACC/Notre Dame vs. Big Ten Ford FieldDetroit, MI Mon., Dec. 285:00pm ET
You are definitely crazy. First team that scores always wins in this series.
ATL, only way we win is with a Pick 6. Offense has only scored 1 touchdown in 8 quarters.Another false start kills a drive. Execution by the O-line is horrible. They need to apologize to the defense.
Wake's punter is the MVP of this game.
Wake up to 7 yards rushing. Gowins' mistake may be the difference in this contest.
There is the "veteran" QB...changing the play with no time.
And in goes Flutie again. Why? Just why?
As with last week, that timeout is going to cost BC. You absolutely must not burn timeouts in close games. You just cannot do it.
And there goes a TO. Smooth move.
Yeah, Flutie needs to realize the game situation and not change plays inside 10 seconds.
The refs are making up for last week.
Do we go for it on 4th down if we don't convert here?Just 1 touchdown in the last 8 quarters.
Wake is just going to keep killing clock.
Desperately need a Pick 6 but I don't know that Clawson will put the ball in the air.
Should have gone for it. Might not have that good of field position again.
The refs are killing Wake.
This should be a four down territory.
We now need Kuechly super man leap for a safety.
So much time wasted away. Had to use a timeout there.
We need this to go our way.
That was definitely a catch. Unbelievable.
Maybe not. Definite bobble.
Good one Flutie. What a fucking joke. Why the hell is he back in?!?!?
This might be one of the worst coached BC games I've every seen.
Worst offensive performance in BC history. Getting shut out by FSU is one thing. But Wake Forest? 4 turnovers against a defense that hadn't generated a turnover this season. Pathetic.
Why put Flutie in to run that play? That was total over thinking. We were running on them.
QB sneak with the running QB out of game. Nice Daz.
That burned timeout with Flutie bit them in the ass as well.
No. Fucking. Way.
Could have handed it off but let a TO prone QB handle the ball instead.
Oh my God
Losing to Wake at home. Never acceptable. Even with HS QBs playing.
They better run this in, cuz I don't think I can handle it coming down to a FG to tie.....
Daz, bring Flutie back in to let him redeem himself.
Missed fg to lose?
Are you fucking serious?!
What the fuck clock management was that?!?!?!?
I can not believe the last five minutes.
Worst coaching I have ever seen.
Unbelievable. That was pathetic. This loss was on coaching staff more than anything.
That was one of the most egregiously bad things I have ever witnessed.
I'm just barfing. There is barf everywhere.
I'm fully onboard the "Fire Daz" bandwagonNow.
Anyone still think a-spazio is the answer?
I had a number of Florida fans laugh at our hire of daz. Now I know what was so funny.Hockey season is here!
If you Google "kick in the nuts" it would show video of the last 5 minutes of this game. Daz better get some frozen peas on the way home.
Bright side: the kicking game is no longer our biggest problem.
#Dazaster1. 5th grade football teams have better offenses2. I am sure Jim Harbaugh will have a hard time in his 3rd year completing a pass, kicking a FG or making a first down3. There is now 4.5 years of head coaching tape on Daz. What a joke. ESPN3 here you come.4. Hire Doug Flutie as coach or this guy https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/08/13/the-highly-successful-high-school-coach-who-never-punts-has-another-radical-idea/5. I feel sorry for current students & season tix holders6. Thanks Brad Bates
I still like him, but he, the offensive coaches and the special teams coaches need to apologize to the defense.
Technically we've been in position to win every game so far. I'm chalking this up to growing pains. Now I'm gonna go barf some more.
Worst game I have ever been to. This team is pathetic. There was no Division 1 talent in the field. 10 year season ticket holder. There won't be an 11th. This is just a waste of time.
Growing pains? Seriously?! Fucking up a game that much in the last 5 minutes is growing pains?! It's 100% coaching. Daz seriously F'd up putting in Flutie on that QB sneak and he was gift-wrapped a second chance. And he screwed that up even more! Daz probably took the most bone-headed coaching move of all time from Carroll now.
Not sure if Daz watched the pinstripe bowl last year but I did and the biggest issue was kicking. How is this not addressed?
7. That was a Top 3 most fascinating BC game I have ever watched. What a car wreck.8. TOB would have won last week and this week and I can't believe I actually complimented TOB.
Was it Daz's fault that we turned the ball over 4 times and missed 1-2 gimme field goals?
It was Daz's fault that he put Flutie in for the sneak. It also his fault that they ran it with 20 seconds and no timeouts!
Winning or losing that game just doesn't change the bigger picture. It just doesn't.
Yes. He is the head coach. It is his job to instill discipline in his players. It was also priority #1 to fix the kicking game after last year. I'm not on the "Fire Daz" bandwagon yet, but make no mistake, this loss is squarely on him.
He should have made a play to the middle of the field on Flutie's sneak. I know because of the fumble it didn't matter, but the point is that a kicker with shaky confidence was looking at a narrow sleeve because it was so close in.
I'm starting to think that maybe football just doesn't work at BC. There is 0 talent on this team. There might be less on Wake Forest.
Yes. Daz needs a clinic. But offensively we are bereft of talent. On Daz too. I'm less angry about losing a relatively meaningless game and more upset about the lack of depth. I remember Daz saying something like 60 of the 85 are underclassmen. You just can't fire somebody when u lose a couple of games-he deserves 4 yrs. Especially after Spaz.
Eagle in Marietta said...Clearly time to get Coach Frye to return to O-Line duties. He should never again all plays for BC,or switch QBs either. My wife was stunned at their clock management.
Does he not get credit for the defense? Not being contrarian but holy schnizzle. He is the head coach. On both sides.
True, but his specialty happens to be on the offensive side. He WAS Tim Tebow's OC after all....
Instead of passing on third and long before the 26 yard miss, they should have just centered the ball in the middle of the field too. The kicker already missed from the left hash.
Long time season ticket holder and my perspective goes back to late 50's...no special order to these but just my thoughts:`- We have an inexperienced offensive line- 2 backup young quarterbacks handing off to- young, inexperienced backup running backs - a young inexperienced field goal kicker- unproven receiversThese factors determine the types of plays you can run and the offensive schemes you use.Venting and bashing does not change that. These are painful growing pains.You encourage;re-coach and re-evaluate.You work on team building and a "we are in this together mentality" and re-assure players that you value them and have confidence that they can get better.You develop positive leadership and root outnegative leaders.You remind them of past success; our rich football tradition and how good it will feel when they put it all together.
Daz is that you? Quite heavy in the inexperience excuse. The coaching and overall game management though was stellar right?
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