WEST LAFAYETTE – Boston College is nationally ranked for the first time since 2008 and looks to remain unbeaten when it visits winless Purdue on Saturday in Indiana. The No. 23 Eagles (3-0) are attempting to open a season with four consecutive wins for just the fifth time since 1955. They also are enjoying the momentum of the hot start after scoring 40 or more points in the first three games of a season for the first time in program history.
“To be in the Top 25 means you’re bringing attention nationwide to your school and to your team,” standout sophomore running back AJ Dillon told reporters. “It’s good for the program but it’s even bigger for the university. We talk about representing ourselves, and having the opportunity to be among the nation’s best is to shine light on everybody else (at BC).”
While the players are thrilled at the increase in national respect, coach Steve Addazio isn’t so excited about cracking the Top 25.
“I really haven’t even wasted one second thinking about it,” Addazio said during a press conference. “In fact, to me it’s just one more distraction. Listen, it’s great for your fan base, OK? It recognizes the fact that you’ve made improvements. It recognizes the fact that you’re moving in the right direction.
“But really what I want to recognize is having a chance to be 4-0 around 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon, or that doesn’t mean anything. I’ve been around long enough to know and see it all. There’s no conversation going on in our program.”
The Boilermakers (0-3) may be searching for their first victory but they are viewed as a dangerous opponent.
Purdue’s three setbacks are by a total of eight points and last Saturday’s 40-37 loss to Missouri featured a school-record 572-yard passing game by senior quarterback David Blough.
Blough wasn’t even slated to be the starter until junior Elijah Sindelar suffered an undisclosed injury at a mid-week practice. He took advantage of the opportunity by breaking the school mark held by Curtis Painter (546 in 2007) and posted the second most yards in Big Ten history behind Illinois’ Dave Wilson (621 in 1980).
“It was a great game plan,” Blough told reporters. “This is what we can be. It was fun to reflect on, but I would trade it all for a victory.”
Purdue rolled up 614 total yards against Missouri but its defense was way too generous by allowing 608.
“We’ve got a long ways to go,” Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm said. “We’re not where we need to be, not even close.”
The defensive issues could pose a problem against Boston College, which is averaging 52.7 points and saw sophomore quarterback Anthony Brown establish career bests of 304 yards and five touchdowns in last Saturday’s 41-34 win over Wake Forest. Dillon, who has 432 rushing yards, also recorded his ninth career 100-yard outing by rushing for 185 yards on 33 carries.
Senior defensive end Wyatt Ray posted a career-best four sacks and has five on the season.
–Field Level Media