Plays That Mattered: Boston College

  • Chestnut Hill, MA - 9/01/2018 - (1st quarter) Boston College Eagles wide receiver Kobay White (9) pulls in a reception over UMass Minutemen cornerback Lee Moses during a first quarter drive for a touchdown. Boston College Eagles vs. University of Massachusetts Minutemen at Alumni stadium in Chestnut Hill. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 01BC-UMass, LOID:8.4.2982354795. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Staff Writer
Published: 9/5/2018 11:29:35 AM

Needless to say, it was not the prettiest of games for UMass on Saturday at Boston College. There was really no one play that proved to be the difference in the game, but there were a few that might have altered the course of the game slightly.

Here are the three plays from Boston College that mattered the most in determining the outcome.

1. Tyler Hayes pass interference near midfield.

Situation: 3rd-and-6 from the Boston College 43. 4:52 left in first quarter.

Formation: Boston College lines up with three receivers on the right side and one on the left with a running back in the backfield. UMass lines up with four down linemen, two linebackers and five defensive backs on the field.

The Play: UMass rushed its four linemen at Anthony Brown and the running back stayed in to help block on the play. Three of the Eagles’ receivers ran some type of crossing route, including Tommy Sweeney who is the intended target on Brown’s pass. After jamming Sweeny about four yards into his route, safety Tyler Hayes sees the ball coming toward Sweeney and lunges in front of the pass to knock it away. The referees threw the flag for defensive pass interference because Hayes made contact with Sweeney’s right arm and impeded its ability to catch the ball when making his lunge.

2. 34-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Brown to Kobay White.

Situation: 1st-and-10 from UMass 34. 3:49 left in first quarter.

Formation: UMass was lined up in its base defense against the Boston College I-formation.

The Play: I chose this play because it was the clearest example of the numerous miscommunications that occurred on defense for the Minutemen. On this play, Lee Moses lines up opposite Kobay White and seems to be in man coverage for the first part of the route. However, Moses is actually playing zone defense and believes he has help over the top from Brice McAllister and lets White continue up the sideline while he shifts his focus to help in the middle of the field. However, McAllister was actually in coverage in the middle of the field and by the time Brown launched his pass, neither senior had a chance at preventing the go-ahead touchdown pass.

3. Bilal Ally fumble near the goal line.

Situation: 1st-and-goal from the Boston College 5. 3:55 left in second quarter.

Formation: UMass has Bilal Ally in the backfield next to Andrew Ford, who is in shotgun formation. The Minutemen have a receiver to each side and two tight ends along the line to help block.

The Play: It was a simple zone-read play and Ford correctly reads his mark and hands the ball to Ally, who has a seam forming on the outside. Sadiq Palmer moves closer to the line of scrimmage to block a linebacker, which allows Hamp Cheevers to come in and try to tackle Ally untouched. Cheevers simply knocks the ball free by hitting the ball while driving through Ally and then falls on top of the loose ball for a momentum-changing turnover.

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