October 15, 2006

Cronan: New local hero is born

RR Marshall: Pete, while many felt the Eagles had a good chance of defeating Virginia Tech at home I don't think too many expected a 22-3 demolition of the Hokies by the home team. What was your take on the big win under the national spotlight?

Pete Cronan: The BC players may have said they did not have revenge on their minds after getting thumped by this team down in Blacksburg last year, but I know better. Last year's one-sided loss was a bitter pill to swallow, and you just know that had to be a motivating factor for them. This team played at an elevated emotional level and they really dominated play. The BC game plan for this game was very simple; get Virginia Tech in third down and make their quarterback Sean Glennon beat them, and they executed it to perfection. The BC defensive line really took it to the Virginia Tech offensive line. There was a lot of penetration by B.J. Raji who seemed to be in their backfield all night long, and Brady Smith and Austin Giles also made big plays. As a result Virginia Tech never got their running game going, and BC was successfully able to one-dimensionalize their offense. When you consider Virginia Tech came into this game with 20 plays of 20 or more yards you realize the explosive nature of this offense, and to hold them to a total of three points is a noteworthy accomplishment. The Eagle defense forced four turnovers and had four sacks while BC had no turnovers and kept Matt Ryan from being sacked the entire evening. That pretty much tells the story right there on a night where BC played a solid game from start to finish against a high-caliber opponent.

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