In a game that got out of hand in the first half, Boston College rolled past Georgia Tech, 48-27, on Saturday at Alumni Field. We were not able to attend this one, but were able to follow along. This was not necessarily a game in which BC was expected to cruise through with relative ease, but that is still what the Eagles basically did to a Tech team that fell to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. BC, which improved to 4-2 and 3-2, did enough to earn the comfortable victory as the Eagles get ready to head to top-ranked Clemson next week. BC needed to head into that game playing well, and by virtue of how the Eagles looked Saturday, it appears they accomplished that. Here are three quick takeaways from the win over the Yellow Jackets.
— CJ Lewis had his breakout game, and the passing game has some real balance. At the beginning of the season, if a pass was being caught by a Boston College Eagle, smart money said it would either be by wide receiver Zay Flowers or tight end Hunter Long. That was all fine and good, as those players are plenty capable of making it hurt, but the Eagles have been developing other pass catchers since then. Last week, Jaelen Gill caught six balls for 104 yards and a touchdown, and against Georgia Tech, it was CJ Lewis getting involved with four receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Lewis had some decent games in the past, but this was his breakout performance. At 6-foot-3, 217 pounds, Lewis has the type of size to be a mismatch in the red zone, and his touchdown catches showed he is ready to make that type of impact. Flowers and Long are the main producers in the passing game still, but it's good to see Lewis become a bigger threat lately.
— The running game showed signs of life, and was the best it has been all season. It may sound strange to hear this about a Boston College team, but the Eagles had yet to really establish a consistent running game this year. Even though the Eagles found some early success against Virginia Tech last week, it never really got off the ground in a significant way. Whether it was the opponent or just a result of the team working on it in practice, the Eagles finally got going against Georgia Tech. For the game, BC rushed for 264 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries. Whether it was quarterback Phil Jurkovec scrambling, Flowers taking handoffs, or backs like David Bailey or Travis Levy getting it out of the backfield, the Eagles had their way with it on the ground. Out of all the positive developments for the offense, this is might have been the sweetest. It was a long time coming, and the Eagles hope they can keep it going throughout the rest of the schedule.
— Here comes the iron. Of course, Boston College's schedule to this point has not been easy. That said, the toughest stretch is right on its way. BC travels to Clemson, then has another road game at Syracuse before coming back to face Notre Dame, then Louisville, before heading back out to face Virginia. Obviously, the toughest part of the season awaits with Clemson and Notre Dame, which is a top 5 squad, coming in two games in three weeks sandwiching Syracuse. Look, no one expects BC to win those games. The Eagles will be heavy underdogs to both Clemson and the Fighting Irish. That can sometimes be a good thing, and the "we want to shock the world" angle can be useful. Luckily, BC comes into that stretch having played one of its best games of the season in the win over Georgia Tech, which is exactly how you want to come in.