Back to business for BC

Eric Avidon

After earning his first win as a head coach at any level, Boston College's Jeff Jagodzinski surrounded himself with friends and family and enjoyed a quiet night at home.

"I had a glass of wine and a cigar and just enjoyed the evening," said Jagodzinski yesterday. "I took a deep breath."

But his attention quickly turned to the new task at hand, now that Wake Forest is in the rearview mirror. That would be Saturday's game at The Heights against yet another ACC foe, N.C. State, and former BC coach Tom O'Brien in his first trip back to Chestnut Hill since his abrupt departure last December.

While BC was beating the Demon Deacons, 38-28, the Wolfpack was losing to Central Florida, 25-23, after trailing 25-3 at halftime.

"Hopefully we'll get another win," quarterback Matt Ryan said after Saturday's game. "I think that's the main goal. Obviously it's going to be kind of a different week with coach O'Brien returning, and hopefully we can just prepare as well as we can and not make too big a deal out of it."

Jagodzinski coached under O'Brien, serving as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for two years at BC before moving on to the NFL.

"I've always respected Tom," said Jagodzinski. "I got a chance to work for him my first time around here at Boston College. I've always respected the way he ran this program. He gave me first opportunity to be a coordinator. He gave me my chance. ... He's been very good to me."

Very little went wrong for the Eagles on Saturday. Take away two defensive touchdowns by Wake Forest, and BC allowed just 14 points to the defending ACC champions. The run defense gave up a total of 2 yards to a team that averaged 150 yards per game last season.

"I was impressed with the way we shut down the run," said Jagodzinski. "I thought we had a really good run defense, and they showed that yesterday. I believe that Wake has been in the top three in rushing (in the ACC) the last couple of years. I just the think the way our guys ran sideline-to-sideline, I was really happy with that."

But there were a few glitches that will be addressed. There were three turnovers, two that were returned for touchdowns. And BC's kickoffs were lousy. Wake Forest's average start following a BC kickoff was the 32 yard line, and three of Steve Aponovicius' kickoffs went out of bounds for penalties.

"There very well may be (a new kicker on kickoffs)," said Jagodzinski, referring to freshman Billy Bennett. "We do have to get that addressed and get that fixed, because putting our defense in a situation where we're just giving field position ... is not a good thing."

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Senior cornerback DeJuan Tribble was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Tribble picked off three passes against Wake Forest and added seven solo tackles, including one for a loss.

Tribble is the second BC player in the past two years to earn the award, following on the heels of Jolonn Dunbar, then a junior, who got the award after returning two fumbles for touchdowns and making 14 tackles in a win over Maryland. ...

Running back L.V. Whitworth and linebacker Robert Francois were in uniform for Saturday's game but did not see action due to injury.

"I am (optimistic about their return this week)," said Jagodzisnki. "But you have to practice, though, in order for them to play. Putting a guy out on the field without him practicing, I don't believe in that."

He added that both Whitworth and Francois could have played in an emergency, but the situation didn't arise.

Sophomore running back/returner Jeff Smith also missed the game, and could be back on the practice field this week. ...

Senior defensive tackle B.J. Raji was declared ineligible by the NCAA prior to Saturday's game because of an academic issue. BC is appealing the suspension.