Take a look at some of the statistics for the nation’s most dominant defense in 2015.
In the 2015 season, Boston College asserted itself as the undisputed top defense in the ACC. Their numbers were amazing, and they absolutely deserved to be in the conversation along with Alabama, Michigan, and others for top defense in the entire country. They were stellar against both the run and the pass, showing no discernible weaknesses.
Here are the numbers for the Eagles in 2015:
|Team||Yards Allowed||Yards Allowed Per Game||Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game||Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game||Points Allowed||Points Allowed Per Game|
The first important number that jumps out is the 254 yards-per-game allowed. That number was good for best in the country. Their 82.8 rushing yards-per-game allowed was second in the country, beaten only by Alabama. They ranked eighth in the nation with 171.5 passing yards-per-game allowed. In possibly the most important defensive statistic, points-per-game allowed, BC ranked fourth with just 15.3. Obviously, all of these numbers are incredible and deserve great recognition.
Here is a breakdown of BC’s points allowed against every opponent, compared to those team’s average points-per-game scored:
|Team||Points Scored Against BC||Average Points Per Game|
On average, Boston College held their opponents to 12.66 fewer points than their per-game average. That’s almost two whole touchdowns. They didn’t allow a single opponent to reach their average, with Clemson coming the closest at 4.5 away. Every single opposing starting quarterback that BC faced either threw for fewer yards than their average, or had a lower completion percentage than their average, except for Lamar Jackson of Louisville.
Here are some other noteworthy stats from the 2015 Eagles defensive unit:
Tackles for loss: 115 (1st)
That’s a pretty dominating set of statistics. The Eagles basically completely controlled games from a defensive perspective. Some teams can’t manage to go three games without giving up six rushing touchdowns, let alone all season. Furthermore, 19 touchdowns in 12 games is just barely over 1.5 touchdowns per game. Almost every decent team can expect to score at least two touchdowns in any given game.
While the entire defense was great, BC’s run defense was especially fantastic in 2015. They only allowed one 100-yard rusher all season (VT’s Travon McMillian had 104). Nationally renowned rushers were completely stuffed by the Eagles. Wayne Gallman had 48 yards, Deshaun Watson had 32, Dalvin Cook had 54, Lamar Jackson had 15, and CJ Prosise had 57. With the exception of Watson and Jackson (both quarterbacks), each of these players normally average over 100 yards per game. Not many other defenses can say that they consistently shut down some of the top rushing talents in the country.
Across the entire season and all opponents, the Eagles averaged 82.8 rushing-yards-allowed per game. Only Alabama had a lower average (75.7). BC is the only team in the country to have allowed less than 1,000 rushing yards total this season. To be fair, most top defenses played one more game than BC due to their bowl game, but this is still an impressive number.
For those that are more strategy and scheme-minded, this article gives a very nice breakdown of some of the underlying reasons Boston College was so phenomenal.
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