Quarterback Phil Jurkovec goals to assist Boston Faculty finish its season on a excessive word and construct momentum for the longer term because the Eagles tackle East Carolina within the Navy Bowl on Monday afternoon in Annapolis, Md.
Boston Faculty (6-6) limped to the end line with two wins in its remaining eight video games following a 4-0 begin. Nonetheless, the surprising late-season return of Jurkovec helped the Eagles regular the ship whereas splitting their final 4 video games.
BC’s beginning quarterback missed half the season after present process hand surgical procedure, however returned to steer the Eagles to back-to-back wins over Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech on Nov. 5 and Nov. 13, respectively.
The Eagles received 4 of their six video games with Jurkovec below heart, however went 2-4 with out him.
Jurkovec made waves when he introduced in early December that he would return for his senior season at BC.
“I’ve to come back again — it is the appropriate determination,” Jurkovec stated. “I am on a mission to win this recreation. Actually, 6-6 is not ok for us. It has been like that manner too lengthy right here. So we’re on a mission right here to get that higher.”
Boston Faculty’s offense ranked twelfth out of 14 groups within the Atlantic Coast Convention whereas averaging 24.7 factors per recreation. Nonetheless, the Eagles’ protection ranked third finest within the convention with 22.2 factors allowed per recreation.
East Carolina (7-5) received 4 of its remaining 5 video games to conclude the common season and develop into bowl-eligible for the primary time since 2014.
Twin-threat quarterback Holton Ahlers is on the heart of the Pirates’ offense. The junior put collectively one in all his higher video games of the season down the stretch, passing for a season-high 405 yards and three TDs in a Nov. 20 win at Navy.
Ahlers’ 3,126 passing yards ranked sixth within the American Athletic Convention. The Pirates ranked fourth within the convention producing 433.8 complete yards per recreation, whereas their protection ranked fourth, permitting 26.3 factors per contest.
It was the primary profitable season on the FBS degree for third-year East Carolina coach Mike Houston, who was rewarded with a five-year contract extension in December. A win would give the Pirates their first eight-win season since going 8-5 in 2014.
“It has been an excellent 12 months,” Houston stated. “(We’re) very enthusiastic about the place this system is true now, the place it is headed. (We’re) excited concerning the bowl preparations and the matchup towards Boston Faculty.”
East Carolina went to eight bowl video games in 9 seasons from 2006 to 2014 (2-6). The Pirates personal a Sept. 11 file all-time in bowl video games.
Boston Faculty is 14-13 all-time in bowl video games. The Eagles had been bowl eligible at 6-6 one season in the past, however opted to finish the pandemic-altered season early.
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