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Boston College Eagles vs. Temple Owls Pick & Prediction SEP 18TH 2021

Complete Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia
117Eagles Boston College
118Owls Temple
OP
0
57.5
CU
-14.5 -110
60.5o -110
ML
ML: -650
ML: 475
Partials
4
14 7 0 7
0 0 0 3
Score
28
3

Boston College will have a new starting quarterback when it visits Temple in a nonconference matchup on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Eagles junior Phil Jurkovec had an operation on his throwing hand Monday, and his chances of returning this season are uncertain.

Fortunately for the Eagles (2-0), the running game came up big in a 45-28 rout of in-state foe Massachusetts last Saturday after Jurkovec departed late in the first quarter.

Sophomore Pat Garwo III earned ACC Running Back of the Week honors after rushing for a career-high 160 yards on 15 carries. Garwo's previous high in rushing yardage was 36 against Pittsburgh last October.

Graduate running back Travis Levy was named the ACC's Specialist of the Week after returning a kick 96 yards for a touchdown against UMass. He also had a 20-yard rushing touchdown and finished with 43 yards on seven carries.

After two games, Boston College's rushing attack ranks 35th in the nation among FBS teams at 214 yards per game.

Boston College Eagles

"We've been working on the running game from camp all the way to the first game and the second game," Garwo said. "It's a big emphasis because we know we can hit it. We have a lot of good backs. We trust in everyone."

Jurkovec, who will miss Saturday's game against the Owls, completed 3 of 4 passes for 22 yards before exiting against the Minutemen. Jurkovec was listed as questionable to return at halftime but did not come back into the game.

The injury represents a big blow for Boston College after Jurkovec passed for 2,558 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2020.

In his stead last weekend, the Eagles turned to senior backup Dennis Grosel, who threw for 199 yards and a score on 11-of-14 passing. Grosel saw limited action in the Eagles' season-opening 51-0 rout of Colgate, totaling 44 yards on 5-of-6 passing.

Grosel also filled in for an injured Jurkovec against Virginia on Dec. 5, 2020, and tied the school record of 520 passing yards established by the legendary Doug Flutie in 1982.

The Eagles' offense ranks 10th in the country in scoring, averaging 48 points per game.

Temple (1-1) bounced back from a 61-14 thrashing at the hands of Big Ten opponent Rutgers in the season opener with a 45-24 win against Akron. The Zips held a 17-7 lead early in the second quarter before the Owls rattled off 38 unanswered points en route to the blowout victory.

"They executed at a higher level (in the first quarter)," Temple coach Rod Carey told the Temple News. "We dug ourselves out."

Owls freshman quarterback Justin Lynch threw for 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19-of-23 passing. Senior wideout Randle Jones caught seven of those passes and both TDs, totaling a career-high 170 receiving yards.

"Having trust in your teammates is key," Lynch told the Temple News. "I had to get the ball in my receiver's hands."

Owls graduate linebacker William Kwenkeu was named the AAC's Defensive Player of the Week after finishing with seven tackles (three for loss), a pair of sacks and a 38-yard scoop-and-score in the Akron game.

Saturday's contest marks the home opener for the Owls and will be the first time they faced off against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field since a 34-17 win for Boston College in the finale of the 2004 season.

--Field Level Media

Boston College Eagles vs. Temple Owls Recap SEP 18TH 2021

Quarterback Dennis Grosel threw for a touchdown and ran for another to lead Boston College to a comfortable 28-3 victory over host Temple on Saturday afternoon at Philadelphia.

The Eagles (3-0) beat the Owls (1-2) for the seventh consecutive time in the teams' first meeting at Lincoln Financial Field since 2004 when both were members of the Big East Conference.

Grosel, who was playing in place of Boston College's injured regular starter Phil Jurkovec (right wrist), made his ninth career start and helped the Eagles set the tone quickly in the first quarter as they scored touchdowns on their first two drives.

Travis Levy returned the game's opening kickoff into Temple territory setting up Grosel's 19-yard touchdown pass hit Jaden Williams for Boston College's first points.

Boston College's second scoring series was more methodical as it put together nearly a eight-minute drive, which took 10 plays and covered 78 yards and was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Pat Garwo III.

The Eagles' offense sputtered at times but managed to rush for 187 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Levy's 2-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter gave the Eagles a 21-0 halftime lead. Grosel's 2-yard quarterback keeper with 4:14 left in the fourth quarter capped the scoring.

The Owls finally scored with 13:09 remaining on Rory Bell's 32-yard field goal. But it was a disappointing result to Temple's better drives of the game.

Boston College totaled four sacks and consistently put pressure on Temple freshman quarterback Justin Lynch, who made his first career start last week and accounted for three touchdowns overall the Owls' victory against Akron. Randle Jones had six catches for 32 yards to lead the Owls.

Lynch completed 17 of 24 passes for 161 yards.

With Jurkovec likely to miss the remainder of this season, Boston College may have to rely on Grosel, who threw for 520 yards and four touchdowns in his previous start last season at Virginia.

--Field Level Media

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