Missouri passing attack figures to test BC’s defense

Connor Bazelak and the Missouri Tigers look to carry over their momentum from a convincing victory last weekend into their road matchup with nonconference opponent Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Saturday.Missouri (2-1) blew out in-state foe Southeast Missouri State 59-28 last Saturday behind a big day from Bazelak and the Tigers’ aerial attack. The sophomore quarterback threw for a season-high 346 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-30 passing.It was a bounce-back effort for the Tigers after falling 35-28 at Kentucky in their Southeastern Conference opener one week prior. Bazelak had four TD tosses in the game, but also threw a costly third-quarter interception that led to a Wildcats touchdown.The Tigers rank third in the SEC in total yardage, averaging 513.7 yards per game. Defensively, however, Missouri is allowing a conference-worst 455.7 yards per game.This marks the first time Missouri will face an Atlantic Coast Conference team since beating North Carolina 41-24 in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26, 2011. The Tigers are 5-4 all-time against ACC opponents.”Any time (a nonconference team is) playing against an SEC opponent, you’re going to get their best effort and their best shot. I mean, it’s the best conference in college football for a reason,” Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said. “It’s going to be a much different opponent with a much different skill set, much bigger.”Boston College (3-0) has opened the season with three consecutive victories against nonconference opponents. Last Saturday, the Eagles put together a complete effort in a 28-3 win at Temple.Three different running backs scored touchdowns as the Eagles outrushed the hosts 179-84. BC’s defense — which ranks No. 6 overall in the country while allowing 10.3 points per game — recorded four sacks while keeping the Owls out of the end zone.