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  After a stunning 358-yard air-raid performance against Pittsburgh last week, BC just couldn't seem to connect on the long balls against Virginia Tech. Last week, Jurkovec tossed a couple of dimes to Zay Flowers on the run, one which went for 44 yards and the other which went for a staggering 77 yards. But when the Eagles got to Blacksburg, the deep ball connection disappeared. The combination of VT's stout pass rush-which sacked Jurkovec once-and a lockdown secondary kept BC from hitting explosive plays in the air. The Hokies' secondary notched six pass breakups and two interceptions on the night. The Eagles notched their longest completion of the night on a 43-yard pass to Jaelen Gill. Other than that, BC, which had previously found a weapon in Jurkovec's cannon of an arm, struggled immensely as Jurkovec threw into tight coverage deep down field. - The Heights

(DS#19 QB) rSo/2023 QB Phil JurkovecBoston College
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  There aren't many quarterbacks in college football attempting more passes a game than Boston College's Phil Jurkovec (38 per game). He has 1,181 yards (65.1%) with eight touchdowns and helped first-year coach Jeff Hafley reshape the team's offense without running back A.J. Dillon. Jurkovec will be looking to take advantage of a depleted Tech secondary that struggled against North Carolina. Divine Deablo's return to the lineup should give the group a boost, but he's not going to magically fix all the issues Tech had last week. - Roanoke Times

(DS#19 QB) rSo/2023 QB Phil JurkovecBoston College
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  10/17/20 - Zay FlowersSo/2023, Boston College, 5-11, 178 (DS#24 WR) + More +

  Before Antonio Brown's erratic behavior made him a sideshow for social media and catnip for clickbait, his skillset and work ethic made him a case study in how the wide receiver position could be played. Brown was an undersized, sixth-round pick who turned into arguably the game's best all-around receiver. It didn't matter where he lined up, it didn't matter what defense he saw. He was a 100-catch season waiting to happen. Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Boston College receiver Zay Flowers watched him closely. Almost exclusively. When Flowers named the receivers he wanted to model himself after, the only one was Brown. "That's basically it," he said. "Nobody else." One of the benefits of the coaching staff assembled by Eagles' first-year coach Jeff Hafley is its wealth of NFL experience. Their relationships make it easy to play six degrees of separation.

Early on, Flowers mentioned to offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti how much he studied Brown. Cignetti, who had NFL runs with the Rams, Giants, and Packers, happened to mention it to former Giants quarterback Geno Smith. Smith happened to be spending the quarantine working out with Brown. Those workouts happened to be in Miami - a relatively short drive for Flowers. Before Flowers knew it, he was running routes with the receiver he'd been dissecting for years. "It's just me Gino and AB working out on a golf course," Flowers said. - Boston Globe


(DS#24 WR) So/2023 WR Zay FlowersBoston College
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  OCT 12 ACC CO-QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Phil Jurkovec, Boston College, So., QB, Pittsburgh, Pa.,...Playing against the team for which he grew up cheering, Jurkovec led Boston College to a thrilling 31-30 overtime victory over Pitt...Finished 19-for-35 passing for 358 yards with three touchdowns plus one rushing score...His 25-yard TD pass to Zay Flowers in overtime proved to be the difference...Jurkovec's 1,181 yards passing are the most by any BC quarterback over his first four games in school history...Also holds the record for the most completions (99) and passing touchdowns (8) over the first four games of any player in BC history. - ACC Football

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  10/12/20 - Zay FlowersSo/2023, Boston College, 5-11, 178 (DS#24 WR) + More +

  OCT 12 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Zay Flowers, Boston College, So., WR, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,...Named ACC Receiver of the Week for the second time after posting his second 100-yard receiving game with six receptions for 162 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in Saturday's 31-30 overtime win over Pitt...Tied a school record and became the first BC player with three receiving touchdowns in a game since Kelvin Martin at Holy Cross on Nov. 22, 1986...First Eagle with multiple 100-yard receiving games in the same season since Kobay White in 2018. - ACC Football

(DS#24 WR) So/2023 WR Zay FlowersBoston College
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  Boston College has developed a passing combination that is tough to match in the ACC. Eagles quarterback Phil Jurkovec completed three touchdown passes to wide receiver Zay Flowers including a 25-yard in overtime in a 31-30 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday at Alumni Stadium. "It started way back last spring, we started connecting and talking and it really came together when we got back after quarantine break," said Flowers, who finished with six receptions for 163 yards. "That's when we really built the connection and now we are just going." BC (3-1, 2-1 ACC) got the ball first in the extra frame and faced a third-and-10 from the 25 when Jurkovec found Flowers in the end zone for the third time. Pitt needed 11 plays, twice converting on fourth down, to score on a slant pass from Kenny Pickett to Taysir Mack. BC won the game when Alex Kessman's extra point attempt sailed wide right. "I was coming off the edge and I almost blocked it," said cornerback Brandon Sebastian. "Then I looked and went 'oh my god he missed, he shanked it,' and I was just screaming." Jurkovec completed 19-of-35 for 358 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first BC quarterback to pass for over 300 yards in each of his first four games. - Boston Herald

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  10/12/20 - Zay FlowersSo/2023, Boston College, 5-11, 178 (DS#24 WR) + More +

  Jurkovec completed touchdown passes of 44, 77 and 25 yards to the speedy Flowers. The 44-yarder put BC in front 10-7 with 13:00 left in the second. The 77-yarder put BC up 24-14 on the second play of the third quarter. Flowers' previous long was a 61-yard touchdown strike against Duke in the season opener. Flowers caught a 25-yard touchdown pass in the opening series of overtime. "Zay is one of the best receivers in the country the way he can move is unlike anybody i have ever seen," said Jurkovec. "We knew were going to have a chance on the deep balls and it paid off, he made the plays, he got open." - Boston Herald

(DS#24 WR) So/2023 WR Zay FlowersBoston College
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  Phil Jurkovec threw three touchdown passes to Zay Flowers - the last a 25-yarder in overtime - and ran for a score as Boston College beat Pittsburgh 31-30 on Saturday night when the Panthers missed an extra-point attempt to end the game. Jurkovec, a sophomore transfer from Notre Dame, was 19 of 35 for 358 yards passing as the Eagles (3-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) rebounded from a frustrating close loss to then-No. 12 North Carolina. Flowers had six catches for 162 yards.

Kenny Pickett completed 25 of 48 passes for 266 yards for Pittsburgh (3-2, 2-2). He threw two TD passes, ran for a score, and then limped off the field late in the third quarter but returned in the next series to throw an interception. On BC-s first possession in OT, Jurkovec threw a strike down the middle to Flowers in the end zone on third-and-10. Pickett hit Taysir Mack with a 3-yard TD pass, but Alex Kessman missed wide right on the PAT. He had hit a 58-yard field goal with 40 seconds left in regulation. BC-s Aaron Boumerhi was wide left on a 52-yarder as time expired to force overtime. Pittsburgh rallied from a 10-point deficit. - Boston College/AP College Football


(DS#19 QB) rSo/2023 QB Phil JurkovecBoston College
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  10/09/20 - Hunter LongrJr/2022, Boston College, 6-5, 253 (DS#6 TE) + More +

  Long is third in the nation in receptions and tops among tight ends, well ahead of Duke's Noah Gray (19) and Sean Dykes (16) of Memphis. Long has established himself as the favorite to win the John Mackey Award given annually to the nation's best tight end. "I give him a lot of credit and then coach (Steve) Shimko has done a really nice job with him," said BC coach Jeff Hafley during a Tuesday Zoom meeting. "They have really done a nice job of putting him in position to make plays and he's made a lot of them. He gave us fits in training camp and usually what happens in training camp shows up in the game. The guy works hard and he studies and he's such a tough kid."

Long led BC in receiving yards (509) and yards per reception (18.2) last season, but his skills in the passing game were underutilized in the Eagles' power run offense designed for tailback AJ Dillon. For that double tight end offense to work, Long needed to be a strong blocker. Long has enhanced his receiving skills while maintaining his abilities as blocker, a combination that will result in an NFL job down the line. "Don't take away from him how well he's blocked and that's where he is going to separate himself," said Hafley. "I keep telling him that and it's really impressive to see him doing it in the run game and in the pass game." - Boston Herald


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  10/06/20 - Hunter LongrJr/2022, Boston College, 6-5, 253 (DS#6 TE) + More +

  Jurkovec's favorite target, tight end Hunter Long, was the star of night for the Eagles--Jurkovec targeted Long 17 times, and the tight end came down with 96 receiving yards, nearly a third of the entire offense's total passing yards. Out of BC's 353 yards of offense, 313 were through the air. It's a stark contrast to the Eagles of years past, who often relied heavily on the ground game behind AJ Dillon. With the hole that Dillon's departure left in BC's offense-the Eagles gained just 40 yards on the ground this week-it has become clear that the Eagles will only go as far as Jurkovec is able to take them. - The Heights

(DS#6 TE) rJr/2022 TE Hunter LongBoston College
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  Boston College had its finest effort of the season undone by a missed two-point conversion. The Eagles went blow for blow against No. 12 North Carolina before falling 26-22 on Saturday at Alumni Stadium. BC fell to 2-1 and 1-1 in the ACC while the Tar Heels improved to 2-0 in the league. BC quarterback Phil Jurkovec, a transfer from Notre Dame, outdueled Carolina's more celebrated signal-caller Sam Howell. Jurkovec was 37-of-56 for 313 yards and two touchdowns. Howell completed 14-of-26 for 225 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. UNC had 401 yards of total offense to 353 by the Eagles.

Jurkovec managed the two-minute offense after taking possession on the BC 31 down eight points with 5:46 to play. Jurkovec used the short passing game to get the Eagles to the UNC 10. BC had two touchdowns taken off the board because of penalties before getting one that counted. Wide receiver CJ Lewis has a 10-yard touchdown reception negated by an offensive pass interference flag. Then Jurkovec's 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hunter Long was called back on a holding penalty. BC finally cut the lead to 24-22 on a 6-yard scoring toss from Jurkovec to Lewis with 45 seconds remaining. Jurkovec's pass on the 2-point conversion was intercepted by Trey Morrison, who returned it to the BC end zone to put UNC up by four. "The last possession we just had a lot of confidence because we know from last week, we can make those plays in the two minutes," said Jurkovec. "The last play, basically we had a play called up with a couple of side looks and they had it zoned off and there wasn't much there." - Boston Herald


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  Even after the 2020 season has already begun, Boston College football and head coach Jeff Hafley are still adding to their roster. Less than an hour before kickoff against Texas State, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Communications Jason Baum announced on his Twitter that graduate transfer defensive end Maximilian Roberts would be joining the Eagles. Roberts, who transferred from the University of Maine, suited up for Saturday night's game and made five tackles against the visiting Bobcats, helping the Eagles to their 24-21 victory. Roberts' decision to transfer came after the Colonial Athletic Association opted out of the 2020 fall football season on July 17, according to BCEagles.com. The defensive end began his collegiate career at Fordham, where he played 20 games during his three seasons with the Rams. Roberts started six games his first two years at linebacker and made 16 total starts, during which he recorded 36 solo and 55 total tackles. - The Heights

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  Jurkovec struggled as a passer for most of the game, gaining just 5.5 yards per attempt and repeatedly demonstrating poor decision-making ability by throwing into double or even triple coverage. Still, he demonstrated how his abilities as a runner make him an effective weapon even when the pass game isn't clicking. Jurkovec was the Eagles' leading rusher on the night, picking up 37 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. At 6-foot-5, he adeptly uses his long legs to quickly pick up chunks of yards and has an impressive ability to dive forward for extra yards while still avoiding big hits. Jurkovec's strength and aggression as a runner also made him particularly effective on the QB sneak, and the Eagles took advantage of it to score two touchdowns. With BC's running backs and O-line struggling for most of the game, Jurkovec was a great option in short yardage and goal line situations. Jurkovec came alive through the air in the final few minutes of the game, completing five straight passes to bring the Eagles within scoring range. - The Heights

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  Boston College scored 10 points in the final 1:11 to secure an improbable 24-21 plug-ugly victory over Sun Belt Conference spoiler Texas State in BC's home opener Saturday night at Alumni Stadium. Aaron Boumerhi, who waited out three straight timeouts, kicked a 36-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining to complete the Eagles' remarkable comeback. BC improved to 2-0 and will host North Carolina next Saturday. "That was something else and its very rare there are three timeouts left at that point," said Boumerhi. "But I was kind of expecting it, what else were they going to do with them?"

Sophomore quarterback Phil Jurkovec flawlessly executed short and intermediate passes on the Eagles' final two drives. He completed 7-of-9 passes and tied the game 21-21 on a 5-yard toss to tight end Hunter Long with 1:11 to play. The Bobcats imploded on their final possession and gave BC the ball back on its 33 with 47 seconds remaining. With the Bobcats playing a prevent defense, Jurkovec completed five straight short passes to set up the winning field goal. "Coach (Frank) Cignetti was dialing up some multiple coverage beaters that had check-downs whenever they were dropping out," said Jurkovec. "I just decided to check the ball down and get whatever was open with what they were giving us." - Boston Herald


(DS#19 QB) rSo/2023 QB Phil JurkovecBoston College
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  09/26/20 - Hunter LongrJr/2022, Boston College, 6-5, 253 (DS#6 TE) + More +

  Phil Jurkovec hit Hunter Long for a game-tying touchdown with 1:11 left, and Aaron Boumerhi kicked a 36-yard field goal with 3 seconds to play on Saturday night as Boston College rallied to beat Texas State 24-21 and avoid losing to a three-touchdown underdog for the second season in a row. BC (2-0) trailed by two touchdowns in the third quarter and was still down 21-14 in the final minutes when Jurkovec was forced to throw the ball away on a third down at the Texas State 16. But a late hit out of bounds gave the Eagles a first down, and two plays later Jurkovec hit Long from 5 yards out to tie it.

BC forced a three-and-out that used up only 15 seconds, and the Eagles got the ball back with 47 seconds left on their own 33. Jurkovec completed five straight passes to move BC to the 19; the Bobcats (1-3) called all three of their timeouts to ice Boumerhi, who had a kick blocked in the first quarter, but this one was good. Jurkovec completed 26 of 38 passes for 210 yards, with one touchdown and one interception; he also ran in BC's first two scores, from 2 an 3 yards out. Long caught nine passes for 81 yards for the Eagles, who entered the game as a 21.5-point favorite. - Boston College/AP College Football


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