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Louisville wins 17-14 slugfest with Boston College

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Louisville outgained Boston College 369-79 in total yardage, but a handful of costly miscues left Cardinal fans holding their collective breath in the final minutes of a 17-14 win over the Eagles on Homecoming.

A week after being widely criticized for their second half performance against Florida State, the Louisville defense was dominant. The Cards notched eight sacks, held Boston College to -14 yards rushing, allowed just four first downs, and scored a defensive touchdown.

Unfortunately, the Cardinal offense was equally generous at times. Boston College finished with nine sacks of their own, 16 tackles for loss, four forced turnovers, and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. Toss in six false start penalties by the offensive line, and this becomes a game film that no one on the front five will be showing to their relatives.

Boston College's defense is good, we knew that, but the fact that so many of the Eagles' big plays were gifted to them by the Cardinals was disappointing. After playing perhaps their best game of the season against FSU, the offensive line once again will be a major topic of concern this week.

In the end, this was still a near must-have win for U of L's hopes of both making a bowl and having a second half of the 2015 season that spawns a great deal of optimism heading into the spring.

Here's your box score:

Boston College Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Jeff Smith 5/11 47 0 0
Troy Flutie 4/11 46 0 0
TEAM 9/22 93 0 0
Louisville Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Lamar Jackson 15/25 230 0 2
Reggie Bonnafon 0/1 0 0 0
TEAM 15/26 230 0 2
Boston College Rushing
CAR YDS TD LONG
Myles Willis 12 22 0 18
Thadd Smith 2 6 0 5
Sherman Alston 1 3 0 3
Tyler Rouse 1 1 0 1
Marcus Outlow 2 -1 0 0
Troy Flutie 2 -11 0 0
Jeff Smith 9 -33 1 8
TEAM 30 -14 1 18
Louisville Rushing
CAR YDS TD LONG
Reggie Bonnafon 10 56 0 29
Jeremy Smith 8 51 0 49
L.J. Scott 7 20 0 12
Lamar Jackson 14 15 1 17
Brandon Radcliff 6 -2 0 5
Team 3 -5 0 0
TEAM 48 135 1 49
Boston College Receiving
REC YDS TD LONG
Thadd Smith 4 40 0 28
Myles Willis 1 36 0 36
David Dudeck 1 8 0 8
Bobby Swigert 1 5 0 5
Elijah Robinson 2 4 0 5
TEAM 9 93 0 36
Louisville Receiving
REC YDS TD LONG
Jamari Staples 4 96 0 53
Javonte Bagley 3 69 0 39
James Quick 3 39 0 23
Reggie Bonnafon 2 18 0 13
Cole Hikutini 1 10 0 10
Devonte Peete 1 3 0 3
L.J. Scott 1 -5 0 0
TEAM 15 230 0 53
Boston College Interceptions
INT YDS TD
Justin Simmons 1 0 0
Isaac Yiadom 1 0 0
TEAM 2 0 0
Louisville Interceptions
INT YDS TD
No Louisville Interceptions
Boston College Kick Returns
NO YDS LONG TD
Michael Walker 2 37 21 0
TEAM 2 37 21 0
Louisville Kick Returns
NO YDS LONG TD
Corvin Lamb 1 19 19 0
TEAM 1 19 19 0
Boston College Punt Returns
NO YDS LONG TD
Sherman Alston 1 0 0 0
TEAM 2 45 12 1
Louisville Punt Returns
NO YDS LONG TD
Cornelius Sturghill 1 2 2 0
Jaire Alexander 5 1 3 0
TEAM 6 3 3 0
Boston College Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
Mike Knoll 0/0 0.0 0 2/2 2
TEAM 0/0 0.0 0 2/2 2
Louisville Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
John Wallace 1/1 100.0 34 2/2 5
TEAM 1/1 100.0 34 2/2 5
Boston College Punting
NO YDS TB IN 20 LONG
Alex Howell 12 507 1 5 54
TEAM 12 507 1 5 54
Louisville Punting
NO YDS TB IN 20 LONG
Joshua Appleby 8 278 1 2 43
TEAM 9 278 1 2 43