Boston College’s season-opening loss to Florida State was a disappointing one, but there were still some positive takeaways.
The Eagles showed that they can compete with top-ranked teams. They trailed by as many as 21 points in the second half, but they came back to make it a two-point game with less than five minutes to play.
Quarterback Thomas Castellanos had a solid debut. He threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns, and he also made some big plays with his feet. Running back Alex Garro also had a good game, rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles’ defense was also impressive at times. They forced three turnovers, and they held Florida State to just 14 points in the second half.
However, the Eagles’ mistakes proved to be too costly. They committed 18 penalties for 132 yards, and they also had a few turnovers of their own.
If the Eagles can clean up their mistakes, they have the potential to be a good team this season. They have a talented offense, and their defense is improving.
Here are some specific areas where the Eagles can improve:
Reduce penalties. The Eagles committed 18 penalties for 132 yards in their season opener. This is unacceptable, and it is something that they need to clean up if they want to be successful.
Protect the football. The Eagles turned the ball over twice in their season opener. They need to be more careful with the ball, especially in key situations.
Finish drives. The Eagles had several opportunities to score touchdowns in their season opener, but they were unable to finish the drives. They need to be more efficient in the red zone.
If the Eagles can improve in these areas, they will be a tough team to beat. They have the talent to compete with anyone in the ACC.