“They were eight (completions) for 119 (yards),” Boston College coach Steve Addazio said. “That’s where our issue was, right there.”
In January, coach Paul Johnson said that better pass protection for Thomas would be his No. 1 priority going into spring practice. To that end, he replaced special-teams coordinator Ray Rychleski with a second offensive line coach, Ron West. Saturday was a good start.
The run blocking was another story. Tech averaged 2.8 yards per carry on its 43 attempts for 121 yards. In coach Paul Johnson’s tenure, it was the fifth lowest rushing total and fifth lowest yards-per-carry average. Johnson said that a number of mistakes by backs and line contributed. Burden said that Boston College showed different fronts and switched alignments just before the snap.
“It was just kind of a calamity,” Johnson said of the running game. “I think you’ve got to give (Boston College) some credit, but it was really poor execution.”