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Eagles look to carry momentum vs. Wake Forest

Brooks Sutherland
September 08, 2017 - 9:24 pm

Boston College showcased a new style in last Saturday’s 23-20 win over Northern Illinois.

Head coach Steve Addazio not only elected to start redshirt freshman Anthony Brown in the game, but had enough trust in the youngster to throw the ball 42 times, the most a BC quarterback has thrown during his tenure with the Eagles.

While only the second freshman quarterback in BC history to start an opener, Brown became the first to ever do so and come out with a win.

Brown showcased lots of promise in his Week 1 performance in which he threw 26-for-42 for 191 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Getting the nod to air it out more than 30 times under Addazio however came as a surprise. Under Addazio the Eagles have only aired it out more than 30 times on three separate occasions. The other two came vs. Villanova (2013) and NC State (2016).

While Brown fares to break that trend this season, having showcased an ability to spread the field, Addazio told reporters in his weekly news conference that his offensive philosophy is limited to the ground attack.

“Everybody thinks like that, my philosophy is to just run the football,” he said. “That’s not accurate. I’ve been saying that, but it’s whatever. My philosophy is try to do what you have the best chance to do based on the players you have. That’s always been my philosophy.

“We’re finally at a point where we have some receivers, guys that can run and guys that can catch. We’re throwing the ball pretty well right now. So that’s encouraging to me to want to be able to utilize that part of our game plan.”

Here is a preview of Boston College’s Week 2 matchup vs. Wake Forest

Date and time: Saturday, Sept. 9 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

Location: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Boston College Week 1 (1-0): W, 23-20 at Northern Illinois

Wake Forest Week 1 (1-0): W, 51-7 vs. Presbyterian

Series record: Boston College 13-9-2

— Wake Forest was barely tested in its Week 1 drubbing of FCS opponent Presbyterian. John Wolford, now in his fourth year as the starting QB for the Demon Deacons showed his experience by leading Wake Forest to touchdowns in each of their first six possessions. He finished with three touchdowns on 11-for-15 passing, totaling 107 yards in his short day of action. Opponent aside, Wolford is a proven veteran who will need to be contained if the Eagles are to start 2-0. Despite a bend-but-not-break performance against NIU in Week 1, BC’s defense showed that it was prone to the big play, something that came as a surprise considering its prowess over the last couple of seasons. All-American defensive end Harold Landry will look to bounce back after a tough Week 1 outing and wreak some havoc on Wake Forest’s pass protection.

— Protecting Brown will a point of emphasis this week. The Eagles will be without the services of their starting center, senior preseason Rimington award watch-lister Jon Baker, who has a knee injury. Brown will likely get the call again to air it out to BC’s talented core of receivers, but don’t be surprised if Addazio looks to get the run game going a bit more vs. Wake Forest. The Eagles have all the capability to run the football effectively, but were shut down for the most part vs. NIU.

— If Colton Lichtenberg can consistently be a weapon as he was against the Huskies, the Eagles will have a whole new dynamic at their disposal.