Although there were some unfortunate injuries, including one to Boston College starting quarterback Phil Jurkovec, the Eagles took care of business against Louisville in a 34-27 win at Alumni Stadium. It was the last home contest of the season for BC, and the Eagles played well in moving their record to 6-4 overall and 5-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Coach Jeff Hafley has BC playing at a pretty high level, and the Eagles look to go out on a high note next week at Virginia. Before we get to that, here are three quick takeaways from BC's win Saturday:
— The Boston College offensive line lived up to its billing. There have been times this year where the BC offensive line simply was not as good as the hype surrounding it. At the beginning of the year, the unit was expected to be as good or almost as good as any offensive line in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It has not always been in that category this year. On Saturday, though, you had to like what you saw from the big bodies up front. The group of Zion Johnson, Christian Mahogany, Alec Lindstrom, Ben Petrula, and Tyler Vrabel pushed around the Louisville defenders when they needed to. It was an impressive performance, as the Eagles rushed for 188 yards and did not allow a sack. In a year where the Eagles had up and down efforts along the offensive line, the unit came with its A-game against Louisville.
— The loss of quarterback Phil Jurkovec to injury cannot be understated. It is probably not right to point to one, single thing as the reason why Boston College is so improved this year. That said, if your pick was the play of quarterback Phil Jurkovec, you would get very little argument from us. In the third quarter against Louisville, Jurkovec looked to suffer a non-contact knee injury. He left the game and did not come back. Although the team has confidence in backup Dennis Grosel, Jurkovec is the leader of the offense and one of the best quarterbacks in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Before he was hurt, Jurkovec completed 15-of-19 passes for 203 yards against the Cardinals and piloted the offense well. Grosel did a solid job in relief, but this offense is not the same without Jurkovec. Hopefully the injury is not too serious.
— This was not a signature win, but in some ways, the type of game Boston College used to lose. The big knock against the old staff — at least from this space — was that the Eagles used to underachieve in those "50-50 games," where it was hard to find a true favorite. Too often, in games like that, BC would come up short. It was a frustrating way for the BC fan to live, and kept the Eagles from getting out of that hefty ACC middle class. While you can argue that the Eagles are still in that spot, BC has done a better job winning the games that you could see going either way. This showdown with Louisville really was under the "50-50" category even though the Cardinals had a less-than-stellar record coming in. But BC took care of business, and at 6-4, has locked up a winning regular season, one that Eagles fans should be excited about.