For the second straight weekend, the BC football team has their work cut out for them in a nationally televised game as they welcome powerhouse USC to Alumni Stadium on Saturday (8 p.m., ESPN).
The Trojans, ranked No. 9 overall, bring more talent to The Heights than Pitt did last Friday and that should be a scary thing for the Eagles considering the Panthers dismissed them rather easily, 30-20.
The Eagles led Pitt, 7-3, after one quarter but the Panthers ripped off 17 points in the second quarter and never looked back. The Eagles’ biggest issue was containing Pitt’s running game as James Conner shred the BC defense for 214 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries.
Offensively, the Eagles were something of a one-man show as quarterback Tyler Murphy rushed for 92 yards and also threw for 134 yards. He was, however, picked off twice.
USC made headlines this week as athletic director Pat Haden was fined $25,000 by the Pac-12 for coming down from the press box, to the sidelines to argue with officials after questionable calls on the field. Head coach Steve Sarkisian was also reprimanded for the incident, in which Haden received a text message from a USC staffer that his presence was needed on the sidelines.
The Trojans ultimately got the outcome they wanted to last Saturday, beating No. 13 Stanford, 13-10.
Boston College will need to keep a close eye on USC back Javorius Allen, who scampered for a career-high 154 yards last week.
First come, first serve
One would think with a top 10 team coming to town that tickets would be hard to come by. That's not the case.
good great seats are still available at Alumni Stadium for Saturday. Tickets can still be bought directly through Boston College's athletic website and tickets were going for below face value on StubHub as of Thursday night.
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