BC’s upset bid in opposition to No. 3 Florida State comes up quick

It was a becoming ending to a flag-filled afternoon.

“I’m simply hurting for these guys, as a result of we did have an opportunity,” Hafley mentioned. “I want I might have executed extra.”

BC honored Welles Crowther — a nationwide hero who helped save lives within the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001 — with its annual Purple Bandanna recreation.

The Eagles performed impressed soccer early, taking a 7-0 lead on a 32-yard cross from Castellanos to Lewis Bond. Bond discovered room in the midst of the sector and darted from left to proper to get into the top zone.

The Seminoles answered with a 30-yard subject aim from Ryan Fitzgerald, then BC responded with a 21-yard subject aim from Liam Connor to make it 10-3 early within the second quarter.

BC moved the ball successfully, en path to 457 complete yards, however the penalties piled up at premature moments. Castellanos (20 for 33, 305 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 16 carries, 95 yards, 1 TD) grew visibly annoyed because the offensive line continued to make head-scratching missteps.

Hafley mentioned it was a mix of the noise, youth, and different miscellaneous elements. He was happy that the Eagles minimized the “dumb” fouls that almost value them in opposition to Holy Cross, however he mentioned he is aware of it’s inexcusable.

The Eagles discovered the laborious means that the very best groups within the nation will ultimately take benefit when given ample alternatives. Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis hit Jaheim Bell for a 19-yard rating, then Trey Benson plunged in from 2 yards out to present the Seminoles a 17-10 halftime lead.

All advised, the Eagles had 5 false begins, two delay of video games, two holding calls, one private foul and one cross interference within the first half. Regardless of racking up 245 yards within the half, in contrast with 161 for Florida State, the Eagles trailed by 7 heading into intermission.

“I’ve obtained to return and watch it, but it surely’s too many,” Hafley mentioned. “We’ve obtained to wash that up.”

Within the second half, Travis discovered Preston Daniel for a 4-yard strike to cap a six-play, 74-yard drive. Two performs later, DJ Lundy picked off Castellanos on the BC 40. Travis hit Bell for a 39-yard completion all the way down to the 1, and Lundy ran it in from there to push FSU’s result in 31-10 simply 3:40 into the third quarter.

“I advised these guys it’s an extended recreation,” mentioned Castellanos, whose 644 yards passing by three video games are the third most by a BC quarterback since 1981. “Second half, we’ve obtained a variety of time on the clock. Don’t quit. Hold combating.”

Kye Robichaux, who began as BC’s fourth-string operating again in coaching camp, continues to profit from his alternative as accidents mount. The Western Kentucky switch transformed three fourth-down rushes and helped maintain drives alive, ending with 64 yards on 21 carries.

He had 5 rushes on BC’s 12-play, 80-yard march, however the huge play was Castellanos discovering Dino Tomlin for a 52-yard achieve on third and 17 to get to Florida State’s 24-yard line. Robichaux capped the drive with a 1-yard TD plunge with 1:02 left within the third. The additional level was no good, leaving the deficit 31-16 to start out the fourth.

However Hafley instantly gave the ball again to his offense by calling for a squib kick that Luca Lombardi executed to perfection, and Victor Nelson recovered the fumbled return on the Seminoles’ 26. The Eagles marched to the 5, however Robichaux was stopped for no achieve on a fourth-and-2 play to show it over on downs.

BC gave the impression to be out of steam, however then 5 performs later Elijah Jones poked the ball free from Seminoles operating again Lawrance Toafili, and Khari Johnson scooped it up for an 8-yard rating. The Eagles elected to go for two however couldn’t convert, so that they trailed 31-22 with 11:18 left.

The Seminoles drove into BC territory, however two Florida State penalties led to Alex Mastromanno’s punt out of bounds that pinned the Eagles at their very own 5. But it surely solely took Castellanos and the Eagles 9 performs to go the total size of the sector and rating.

Castellanos discovered Bond for a 42-yard completion to place BC into Seminole territory, then hit Ryan O’Keefe for 25 yards to the 15-yard line. After two incompletions, tight finish George Takacs had an 8-yard catch all the way down to the 7. Hafley rolled the cube once more on fourth down, and Castellanos fought his means into the top zone. O’Connor’s point-after kick made it a two-point recreation with 5:19 remaining.

The BC protection compelled a three-and-out, however the Seminoles’ protection got here up with the large play on Kalen DeLoach’s 14-yard sack on third and 10. The Eagles have been compelled to punt with 2:16 to go, and the guests ran out the clock — with the assistance of Pupel’s penalty that gave the Seminoles the ultimate first down it wanted.

“It was clearly disappointing that we misplaced, but it surely confirmed us we’re an excellent soccer workforce,” linebacker Kam Arnold mentioned. “There’s not a workforce on our schedule that we are able to’t beat. If something, that ought to enhance our confidence and have us assault our schedule full steam forward.”


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