It looked like this was finally going to be the year Boston College put it all together. After going 7-6 in four of the last five seasons, the Eagles look ready to establish themselves amongst the best in the ACC.
With one of the best running backs in college football in sophomore AJ Dillon, the promising young QB Anthony Brown, and a no-nonsense, well-respected head coach in Steve Addazio, losing to the winless, struggling Purdue Boilermakers wasn't even considered a possibility by many.
But Rondale Moore and company had other plans.
The star true freshman receiver and quarterback David Blough led the Boilermakers to a 30-13 domination of the Eagles. After incumbent Elijah Sindelar, gave away the QB1 job, Blough torched the BC defense for 296 yards and three touchdowns.
Moore, an athletic freak who is clearly the best player on Purdue's squad, grabbed eight passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns, including this 70-yard catch and run where he briefly defied the laws of physics, kept his balance, and took it to the house.
Dillon and the Eagles offense could never get out of first gear. He was held to 59 yards rushing on 19 carries with no run going for longer than 11 yards. Brown didn't even surpass 100 yards passing, recording just 96. Brown, who threw just nine picks last season and had yet to throw one in 2018, threw four in this ill-fated matchup.
There's still plenty of time for the Eagles to rebound, as a winnable home game against Temple is up for them next week. However, a defense with NFL-quality edge rushers like Zach Allen and Wyatt Ray and safeties like Lukas Denis getting torched by a backup quarterback is far from ideal.