DALLAS; Boston College coach Steve Addazio may have his play caller for one more game before Scott Loffler takes over at Bowling Green for good. Just think about the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl against No. 23 Boise State on Wednesday like a reunion of the game after loffler spent majority of the previous month getting ready for his new job.He’s been gonebut was capable of getting back for the week of preparation and we had been going right ahead to install the game plan, that is not anything abnormal, Addazio said of his own offensive coordinator from the past 3 seasons.
We’re very appreciative that he’s here. We gave each other a huge hug and said, Let us go finish this item. The Eagles are attempting to get at eight wins for the very first time under Addazio after finishing with seven victories in four of the first five seasons.
BC dropped in each of 3 previous chances to achieve eight wins with a bowl wins under Addazio. The Broncos have won at least 10 games in four seasons under Coach Bryan Harsin, who has a 3-1 bowl record. Boise State lost to Fresno State 19-16 in overtime at the Mountain West championship game.
Harsin was a Boise assistant the only other time these teams played on Boise’s blue turf at the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl. Atlanta Falcon quarterback Matt Ryan led the BC, and threw for 3 touchdowns in a 27-21 victory. The motivation goes back to January whenever you set out and go do that work to play at a championship game, Harsin explained.
You know if you do this you’re going to play at a bowl game and the best opponent that you could. Boise defender Brett Rypien is the active leader of the FBS career with 13, 581 yards passing, a west mountain record.
In addition, he shares the rare distinction with Kellen Moore, now the quarterback’s coach of the Dallas Cowboys, as a 4 year starter for the Broncos. Rypien, the nephew of 1992’s Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, is going for his 3rd bowl win. Bronco’s running back Alexander Mattison is 7th nationally with 1, 415 yards hurrying and has 17 touchdowns.
The quarterback has a lot to do with the outcome of the game, and when you are playing against an elite quarterback and a running back, that is a really good combination, Addazio explained. Hopefully it will be a showcase for talented men on each side of the ball.
UNDER CENTER FOR BC.
Anthony Brown needs one touchdown pass to match Boston College’s sophomore record of 21, set by a former National Football League defender Glenn Foley in 1991. Brown became the first BC defender from Ryan 11 years ago to throw for at least 300 yards with five touchdowns in the game. He was 16 out of 25 for 304 yards with five TD in a 41-34 win over Wake Forest in September.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Boise redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Curtis Weaver has 20 1/2 career sacks with 9 1/2 this year after leading the Mountain West with 11 as a freshman. On the school’s career list; he’s already half a sack ahead of former Broncos pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, who was just named to his second straight Pro Bowl with the Cowboys.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Rypien is ninth nationally in passing yards (3,705) and touchdowns (30). There are plenty of beneficiaries. Sean Modster has the team’s best shot at a 1,000-yard receiving season with 978 yards. He and fellow senior A.J. Richardson are tied for the team lead with eight RECEIVING TDs.