Quick thoughts on Boston College's loss to Virginia

In the last regular season game of the year, Boston College went to Virginia looking to end things on a high note. Unfortunately for BC, the host Cavaliers put together a dominant second half performance to come away with a 43-32 win. With the defeat, BC ends its regular season with a 6-5 record, while Virginia improves to 5-4. We are not quite sure what will happen as far as bowls are concerned, so this could have been the last game of the year for BC, or it might not have been. As it was, this was just not BC's best performance, as the offense was one-dimensional and the defense simply did not make enough stops. Here are a few more thoughts on the game:


— Dennis Grosel, with some exceptions, played well at quarterback in place of injured starter Phil Jurkovec. Before the game, it was announced that Jurkovec, after suffering a knee injury last week against Louisville, would be out for Saturday's game against Virginia. That was a tough blow to BC, because the Notre Dame transfer has been terrific this season. But Grosel, who is the most experienced backup on the team, showed had some highlights in taking over for Jurkovec. Grosel completed 32-of-46 passes for 520 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, he also threw three interceptions to kill promising drives. Virginia was able to score touchdowns off two of those interceptions, so those were costly turnovers. You hate to see someone like Jurkovec go down, but Grosel still showed he can lead the team when he needs to.


— Again, the running game was basically nonexistent. Saturday would have been the perfect opportunity to get the running game going like it was able to against Louisville. But, as has been the case for much of the year, the ground attack never really established itself against Virginia. The offensive line came into this season as one of the most heralded position groups on the team. But the big fellas never really pushed around Virginia, and finished with minus-7 yards on 20 carries. With David Bailey out with an injury, the Eagles were missing their best running back. But even with Travis Levy and Pat Garwo, BC was not able to pick up big yards on the ground. The offense was still able to move the ball, but you'd like to see more balance. On Saturday, it was not to be found.


— This was a positive regular season for the Eagles, but you'd like to end it on a better note. In Jeff Hafley's first year leading Boston College, the Eagles had their bright spots. With a 6-5 record, they were able to finish with a winning mark, and for the most part, beat who they were supposed to beat. But while it is right and OK to celebrate a successful season, it is also fine to wish you could have ended it a little better. Although the Eagles were right there for most of this game against Virginia, the host Cavaliers took over in the second half and made this a blowout. It sort of felt like the Virginia Tech game at points, as that one got away from BC, too, in a 40-14 Hokies win. You like the groundwork that is being laid here by Hafley, but this one still leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

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