November 21, 2006

Turnabout is fair play

R.R. Marshall: Pete, your prediction of a tight defensive struggle between Boston College and Maryland didn't quite happen but something tells me you'll take the 38-16 pounding of the Terps the Eagles dished out on Saturday, or am I wrong?

Pete Cronan: I will absolutely take that over what I thought was going to happen any day! Ironically if you look at the way that game unfolded, Maryland had two dropped balls in the endzone. That's 14 points, and if you take away one of those BC defensive scores off the board then it's a much different game. Hats off to the Eagles and in particular the BC defense. I thought their effort was representative of the way they have matured over the course of the season. When you compare what we started with on defense in the season opener against Central Michigan and what we have today the advancement is nothing short of remarkable. Jolonn Dunbar was simply immense in this game, earning National Defensive Player of the Week honors for his 14 tackles and returning two Maryland fumbles for touchdowns. Think of all the experience we lost at middle linebacker when Ray Henderson left, and while we all had high hopes for Dunbar when he took over at that position who in their wildest imagination could have foreseen this type of game from him? It was just an incredible effort both by him and his teammates, and it made for a Senior Day at the Heights that will be remembered for years to come.

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