The Boston College Eagles (2-0) defeated the Kent State Golden Flashes (1-1) on Saturday, but once again, the win was unexpectedly hard earned. After leading only 6-3 at half, the Eagles were finally able to make some headway in the second half, largely because of outstanding play at the receiver position by redshirt freshman Jonathan Coleman and sophomore Clyde Lee (who reeled in the number one spot on Sportscenters Top 10 Plays). Once again, though, the story, or lack there of, was the play of the Eagles quarterbacks. Despite finishing with “solid” statistics (18-of-27 for 214 yards, 2 TD’s, and 0 INT’s), sophomore Dave Shinskie’s performance was uneasy and unspectacular. Many of his throws were ill advised, as he forced many into double coverage, and as I alluded to, many of his completions were more the result of great receiver play. In limited time, sophomore Mike Marscovetra did not have a strong performance, going 1-for-3 for 4 yards with 1 interception, meaning that most likely, Dave Shinskie will be the starter against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The Eagles receivers, on the other hand, played excellently, and it appears as if the Eagles have found their most dangerous combination in the trio of junior Ifeanyi Momah, redshirt freshman Jonathan Coleman, and sophomore Clyde Lee. In these three, the Eagles have size, speed, and athleticism, a combination that in years past, the Eagles have simply not had. If the Eagles can find some consistency at quarterback, it appears as if whoever is taking the snaps will have the necessary offensive weapons. Chris Pantale and Lars Anderson also had solid performances on Saturday, as they always do.
Junior running back Montel Harris had a poor performance, running for 80 yards, averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. However, in his defense, he faced many 8-man fronts, as Shinskie’s play allowed the Kent State defense to remain aggressive against the run. Harris was also the casualty of uncharacteristically poor play along the offensive line, which was perhaps the Eagles weakest unit on the day. Across the line, there was a lack of aggressiveness, and the unit did a poor job on the initial push. Do not expect this level of play to continue though, as one has to expect that Spaziani and co. will address this issue over the bye week.
On defense, the Eagles had a strong day, as they were able to make adjustments on many of last week’s issues. While the pass-rush was not prolific, it was certainly more of a factor than it was against Weber State. The Eagles defense was particularly stout against the defense, allowing only 4 yards on the day. The one weak spot of the defense was its ability to respond to the bubble screen, a play that the Golden Flashes ran repeatedly, and successfully. However, this is more a factor of the Eagles soft zone than poor individual play.
Looking forward, the Eagles are fortunate that they have a bye week before welcoming the Virginia Tech Hokies to Alumni Stadium. After losing to James Madison, one has to expect that the Hokies will be hungry and looking to rebound on the season. Even though they are 0-2, they have the components to be a very good team, and the Eagles will need the time to prepare, especially at the quarterback position.
About the Author
Written by Ian Boynton
Student at Boston College. Avid fan of St. Louis Rams, Boston Red Sox, as well as all Boston College Sports.