Boston College 40, Maine 10: By The Numbers

Brian Favat
SB Nation

A quick look at some of the stats from Saturday's 40-10 win over FCS Maine.

0. Turnovers forced. For the second week in a row, the Boston College defense failed to create a turnover, and for the third game in a row, BC lost the turnover battle. The defense did its part for the most part forcing several Maine three-and-outs. Don Brown's high-pressure defense is great at disrupting the opposing QBs rhythm, but it sure would be nice to see BC start turning over the opponent with more regularity.

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104. The Eagles currently rank tied for 104th nationally in turnover margin with a -3, along with both Miamis, Virginia Tech, Middle Tennessee, Arkansas State, Illinois and BAMA. Last year, BC won the turnover battle with a +3, good for 42nd nationally. Not sure whether to be concerned about this or thankful that the Eagles are 3-1 despite not turning over opposing offenses.

1. Tyler Murphy's INT. Just a poorly executed play, looking for Jon Hilliman running a short route over the middle. Murphy now has five interceptions on the year to just three passing touchdowns. Clearly this means BC should throw the ball more.

2. Fumbles that hit the turf, one by Murphy and one by Hilliman. Luckily both backs were able to quickly recover and scoop the ball up off the turf. But these mistakes will prove costly as the season wears on.

3. Catches for Josh Bordner, who finished with a team-high 64 yards (long of 48) and a score. The senior backup QB-turned-WR leads all Eagle receivers with 154 yards and two TDs this season.

2/2. Field Goals for Alex Howell, including a long of 40. However ...

4/5. PATs for Howell and Joey Launceford. The one missed PAT was blocked, but that was on Launceford. The kicking game still remains an adventure. Hopefully they work out the kinks before conference play starts back up in a few weeks.

86.7. PAT kicking percentage over the first four games of the season. That ranks BC 121th nationally, ahead of only Arkansas State, Connecticut, Houston, Army, Utah State and South Alabama. Last season BC went 40-for-41 on PAT attempts. They've already missed twice, attempting less than half of the total attempts from last season.

3. Penalties against Boston College for 26 tards. A fourth, an ineligible downfield receiver penalty, was declined by Maine. Through four games, BC ranks 18th nationally in penalty yards, averaging 34.5 per game, and 11th in penalties per game with 3.8. The penalties did have a small impact on the final score, with BC's personal foul penalty extending Maine's only TD drive, and a false start penalty stalling a drive that ended with a BC FG.

865-36. Over the last two games, BC has out-rushed its opponents 865 to 36. 865 to 36.

11:09. The Eagles possessed the ball for 11 minutes and 9 seconds in the third quarter, eating up a huge chunk of game clock and putting the game out of reach in the process.

3. With his 107 yards rushing, mostly in garbage time with the game well in hand, Marcus Outlow became the third Boston College back with a 100+ yard rushing performance this season. BC's QB Tyler Murphy owns the other two 100+ yard performances in wins over UMass (118 yards) and USC (191).

5th. Boston College is up to fifth nationally in rushing offense with 336.25 yards per game at the season's 1/3 mark. Only Georgia Southern, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Navy have rushed for more yards per game through 3-4 games.

500. Murphy is halfway to a 1,000-yard rushing season in four games. The Florida graduate transfer has exactly 500 yards on 55 carries (9.1 average) and five TDs.

6.5. Average yards per play for the offense.

5. The BC defense forced Maine into five three-and-outs and only surrendered 6 first downs all game.

40. Maine only ran 40 offensive plays to Boston College's 85.

2.0. Total team sacks. Given the few number of offensive plays by Maine, the lower number of pressures isn't all that surprising. Keyes continues to fly all over the field. He had one of the sacks for a loss of 12 yards. John Johnson had the other for a loss of 7.

5.0. TFLs for a loss of 29 yards. Keyes, Dominique Williams, Johnson, Connor Strachan, Connor Wujciak, Mike Strizak and Harold Landry all got in on the action.

5. The team's leading tackle total from Josh Keyes. When was the last time the Eagles' leading tackler in the game only finished with 5 tackles?

18th. Boston College's national rank in rushing defense. The Eagles are allowing just 98.25 yards per game on the ground, and that's including getting gashed for 302 against Pitt. The other three games -- UMass (55 yards), USC (20) and Maine (16).

1.85. Take away the one chunk yardage play by Maine (the 67-yard completion to a wide open yet slow moving Jeremy Salmon), and the Black Bears only managed 1.85 yards per play the rest of the game (39 plays, 72 yards).

212.33. Rushing yards per game allowed by Colorado State through the first three games of the season. That's good for 106th nationally. It's not even that the Rams have faced incredibly prolific running teams either over the first three games of the season. Boise State ranks 45th nationally in total rushing and gashed the Rams D for 324 yards and 3 TDs on 56 carries.

549. Total yards gained, one yard shy of last year's season-high 550 total yards in a 48-34 victory over New Mexico State.

28,676. Announced attendance, the lowest attended home game since the 2009 game against Kent State drew just 25,165.

5-of-17. In five of Addazio's first 17 games as head coach of the Eagles, BC's offense has eclipsed the 500-yards of total offense mark. In 50 games under Spaz, Boston College's offense went over 500 yards just once -- 537 yards against Miami in the 2012 AERIE-AL circus debut. BC still lost, 41-32.

Bottom line: This offense can move the chains. Try to sit back and enjoy it, why don't you?

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