Photo – Garry McCullough/AP
When Boston College kicked the ball off to Florida State right around 8 P.M on Saturday night in Tallahassee, there was optimism that BC would look better than it had in two of the first three weeks.
About a minute later, that went out the window when Trey Benson returned the kick 93 yards for a touchdown.
Florida State never looked back, rolling to a 44-14 win and possibly sending the 2022 Eagles’ season into a spiral. Now at 1-3 with games against Louisville and Clemson looming, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.
“You go up against a team like this, in an environment like this and give up an opening kick for a touchdown, it’s usually not going to end well,” said head coach Jeff Hafley, who is suddenly hearing it from the fan base.
A Lawrence Toafilli one yard TD run and a Trey Benson 15 yard TD run – a run BC showed little resistance on – put the Seminoles up 21-0 after one. The offensive line continued to struggle giving Jurkovec (105 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT) any time and he was picked off twice on Saturday, including an interception on just the third offensive snap for the Eagles.
FSU pushed the lead to 31-0 at the half on a Ryan Fitzgerald field goal and a late leaping grab for Kentron Poitier on a great throw from Jordan Travis in the left corner of the end zone. Another way-too-easy 22 yard touchdown run from Treshaun Ward made it 37-0 early in the third.
BC showed its first bit of ability to put a drive together and moved 75 yards in 12 plays, scoring the Eagles’ lone TD when Alex Broome caught a short TD from Jurkovec with 3:31 left in the third.
With backups in, FSU continued to run over, through and around the BC defense to the tune of 530 yards of offense (BC had 235) and Benson added a 36 yard TD run to make it 44-7. Joe Griffin (Springfield Central) caught his first career touchdown pass from Emmett Morehead – who also got his first career TD on the play – in the final minute to cap the scoring.
After the game, Coach Hafley was asked if there’s been any discussion revolving a possible quarterback switch or if putting Morehead in late was just because of the nature of the game.
“The game’s out of hand and we wanted to get Emmett some reps, that’s all that was,” he said. “We took a lot of guys out. At that point, I said I don’t want to get any guys injured and want to get some guys some reps, so to just to be smart. I went over to Phil myself and said ‘hey, I’m pulling you here, and we’re going to play Emmett, at this point in the game I think it’s a smart decision.’
“If something had happened to Phil because I left him in the game, then shame on me.”
As we’ve talked about seemingly every week now, the offensive line struggles are going to continue throughout the year, but the most alarming part about Saturday is that all three phases got thoroughly outclassed. There were times where the Seminoles looked like they were playing an FCS team on Saturday night.
The fan base is furious, the players seem to have a crisis in confidence and there’s no sign of things getting better with two very tough games coming up. Buckle up BC fans, this is going to be a bumpy road, maybe even bumpier than we could have ever imagined.
“We’re going to have to get better together,” said Pat Garwo. “No matter how one side of the ball or one position group gets better, we’ve all got to put it together and that’s what we’re going to do.”