Is Chris Crane Beginning to Make a Name at Boston College?

JB McCandlesCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2008

Chris Crane led a game-winning drive in the final minute at NC State on Saturday. It was a 13-yard rush with 22.8 seconds remaining that won the game. 

His touchdown capped a career game for the fifth-year senior. Crane threw for 428 yards and two touchdowns. Crane also added three rushing touchdowns. His favorite target, Rich Gunnell, had 11 catches for 128 yards. 

Crane, who had been struggling all year, finally found his footing against NC State. The game Crane had today was what BC thought they had at the beginning of the year, but it took a while for him to settle in.

Two weeks ago, Crane was booed against UCF, but when the Eagles return home to face Virginia Tech next week, he should be welcomed warmly.

Crane threw the ball 50 times for the first time in his career and for the first time this year. Despite blowing a 14-point lead, the Eagles were able to score late to improve to 4-1 and 1-1 in an open ACC race. 

Crane also led the team in rushing yards with forty two yards. 

Crane will get his first true test against Virginia Tech next week at home. If Crane can repeat his performance BC, will be on their way to another ACC title game. The schedule is going to get very tough for the Eagles. 

October 18No. 20 Virginia Tech TBA 
October 25at North Carolina TBA 
November 1Clemson TBA 
November 8Notre Dame TBA 
November 15at Florida State TBA 
November 22at No. 25 Wake Forest TBA 
November 29Maryland TBA 

The Eagles have yet to prove anything, but with Crane's performance on Saturday against the nation's leader in interceptions, he could lead the Eagles past many of these opponents. 

We saw Crane's great athletic ability when he avoided a sack late in the game. He has above-average speed for a big quarterback, and he can really sling it.

Crane's No. 1 problem was his accuracy, but it has increased greatly since the opener against Kent State. It could still be better, and chances are it will.

Crane has shown great character. He went from being booed by his home crowd to a career game in a hostile environment against his ex-coach, Tom O'Brien. O'Brien has yet defeat the Eagles since leaving in 2005.

The Eagles are now a contender in the ACC, but with a poor defensive performance, questions still remain. It was an uncharacteristic performance by the Eagles defense.

The Eagles will play against their first ranked opponent of the year, and it could be the start of something for the Eagles. If the Eagles can go 6-1 down the stretch, then they will be in serious contention for an ACC Atlantic crown. 

The Eagles will have to beat Wake Forest and Florida State on the road if they want a chance. The season is still in its beginning stage, but next week we will learn if the Eagles are contenders or pretenders.