The new-look offense moved the ball at times, but, the bottom line is, it failed to get into the end zone. While the Cougars didn't turn the ball over, they were just 4-of-16 on third-down conversions and watched several drives stall due to penalties. Quarterback John Beck threw for 330 yards, but BYU rushed for only eight yards.
The Cougars held the Eagles to less than 400 yards and forced a fumble. However, Boston College quarterback Quinton Porter was effective in play-action passing, completing 27-of-35 for 232 yards and a pair of touchdowns. BYU's secondary was victimized at times by wide receiver Will Blackmon, who caught eight passes for 100 yards. L.V. Whitworth rushed for 87 yards.
A blocked punt by Bryan Kehl set up BYU's only score of the day. However, the Cougars had a field-goal attempt blocked, which led to a Boston College field goal just before halftime. In his debut, Derek McLaughlin was solid, averaging 41.5 yards per punt, including a 57-yarder.
Considering Boston College has consistently been a top 25 program the past several seasons, there's no shame in losing to the Eagles. However, the defeat exposed a number of weaknesses, both offensively and defensively, that BYU must shore up if it is to have a successful season.