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Quick thoughts: Boston College

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Could probably fill up a laptop screen or sheet of paper with “what ifs” after Army’s 27-24 loss to Boston College.

What if Army has the right number of players of the field for Boston College’s field goal in the first half that turned into seven points for the Eagles.

What if the Black Knights push the ball into the end zone instead of settling for three points following Quindrelin Hammonds’ first career interception.

What if Army picks the first down and isn’t called for an illegal forward pass in the fourth quarter.

What if the Black Knights’ defense allows Boston College to score with a little over a minute left, giving the offense about 35-40 more seconds to drive for a game-tying field goal or game-winning touchdown.

Just a wild game played through some wet conditions with some tough breaks and some near 50-50 analytics decisions.

Army played an average “C” game and nearly defeated a Power Five team.

The Black Knights are still searching for consistency for 60 minutes on offense, defense and special teams.

Army’s offense needs to start faster. Three straight three-and-outs to begin the game isn’t going to get it done.

The Black Knights’ run defense needs to be exponentially better. Boston College’s 321 rushing yards are the most that Army has allowed since giving up 395 yards to Navy on Dec. 14, 2019.

Coming into the game, it was no secret that quarterback Thomas Castellanos’ running made Boston College’s offense. Army just couldn’t contain, slow down or tackle Castellanos as the sophomore set a career high in rushing touchdowns (4) and rushing yards (142).

Don’t get any easier with the nation’s top rusher Kimani Vidal and 4-2 Troy coming to Michie Saturday.

Wasn’t a good day for Army special teams from jumping offsides on a punt extending a Boston College touchdown drive to the 12-man on the field to punts of 16 and 14 yards.

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