After last week’s escape against UCONN, the Eagles had a lot to prove against a tough Stanford club. The defensive line was fired up after a solid performance last week and was looking to step it up a notch against the mammoth and experienced offensive line of the Cardinal, which was significantly larger than the piglets UCONN had to offer up front.
The size disadvantage did not really affect the Eagles as they battered their opponents with speed. 285-pound speedster, Doug “House” Goodwin, led the onslaught as he routinely timed the snap count to perfection, often getting into the backfield before freshman quarterback Kyle “Mind Over” Matter finished his drop. Goodwin gave the Eagles perhaps their biggest play of the day when he sacked Matter on a third-down play late in the fourth quarter, forcing Stanford to punt, and setting up BC's final scoring drive. Goodwin kept the Eagles’ defense afloat, punishing center Tom Kolich and Greg Schindler all day with swim move after swim move, drowning the linemen in their own embarrassment. On one such play, “House” drove both linemen to the floor and grabbed Matter around the ankles, bringing the young Stanford QB to the ground.
The fact that Goodwin faced a double team for the better part of the day freed up end Antonio “Bearcat” Garay enough to allow him to go up against tackle Kirk Chambers one on one and pressure Matter all day. Garay recorded a big sack late in the game on a second down play which gave the Eagles all the momentum they needed to finish Stanford off. Chambers had no chance against Garay, who sped off the line like a frightened jack-rabbit and dropped the hammer on Matter from his blind side.
Redshirt freshman and resident wreaker of havoc, Mathias “The Small Canoe” Kiwanuka, is starting to live up to his potential. He improves with every practice. He beat talented tackle Kwame Harris on many plays and forced Matter to rush a good deal of his throws, especially in the second half. He accelerates so quickly off the line, opposing tackles don’t have a chance. On one running play, he managed to get past both Harris and guard Greg Schindler and get into the backfield before the exchange.
Tackles Tim “The Witch Doctor” Bulman and Tom Martin were instrumental in stopping the anemic Stanford running attack which only managed a mere 55 yards on 36 carries. Defensive coordinator Frank “Mama Mia” Spaziani’s intricate blitz schemes allowed linebackers “My Cousin” Vinny Ciurciu and Brian “Mop The” Flores to make big hits at the line, as well. Flores made a crushing tackle on Kerry Carter and popped the ball loose which led to a BC recovery and eventually a score. Peter “The White Deion” Shean made some big plays outside to further bury the running game for Stanford.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles did a formidable job protecting quarterback Brian St. Pierre. The unimpressive performance by Horace Dodd in the first quarter was not the fault of the rhinos up front, as Dodd missed hole after hole, which eventually led to his dismissal. **A message to Tom O’Brien: Please limit is his carries to less than five per game.**
The running game was a different story upon the arrival of Derrick Knight. Knight zipped through every crevice and when there was no nook for him to slip through, he bounced the ball outside where tight ends Sean Ryan and Frank Misurelli delivered timely blocks to send him down the sidelines. On Knight’s game-winning score with 36 seconds remaining, he followed the block of Chris “Taxi” Snee, who drove his man back to the parking lot. A fee was not charged.
The only weakness in the line was picking up the fierce blitz of Stanford. At times, fullback Greg “Pay The” Toal looked a little confused and missed some key blocks, leading to some poor throws by St. Pierre. Tackle Leo Bell got tiki-torched by end Will Svitek on a club move once again. You would think that O’Brien would teach his starting tackle fire-safety during practice.
Otherwise, the pass protection was solid. Mark “Obey Thy” Parenteau was solid as usual and guard Augie Hoffman was pulling from side to side throughout the whole game as he did some stellar blocking outside, especially on Brandon Brokaw’s two-yard TD run in the second quarter.
Overall, both lines played extremely well and should be geared up for next week’s tremendous game in the Orange Bowl.
Joseph DiSalvo is a staff writer exclusive to EagleInsider.com. He can be reached at email@example.com