Addazio savors win -- but not for long

November, 3, 2013
11/03/13
10:07
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Steve Addazio wanted to let it linger, just a bit.

The Eagles had just finished a 34-27 comeback win over Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia Tech, rallying from behind three separate times before taking the lead for good on a pick-six by Kevin Pierre-Louis.

The team sang the school song in the locker room after the game, a practice the coach installed this season after victories. They were back at .500, and their hopes of reaching bowl eligibility -- just a year after going 2-10 -- had new life after a disappointing loss at North Carolina the week before seemingly extinguished them.

So the coach wanted to be in the moment, even if just for a moment. But ultimately, he couldn’t. There’s too much left to do in Year 1.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this group,” Addazio said after the game. “We stand here at 4-4, we’re even at 4-4 and all that matters right now is getting [win No.] 5. That’s it -- period, end.

“We’ve got to enjoy the moment, we’ve got to get back to work, we’ve got to go on the road and we’ve got to win another football game.”

Ah, yes, the road. Away from Alumni Stadium, things haven’t gone the Eagles’ way in quite some time. BC, 4-1 at home in 2013, has lost nine straight games outside of Chestnut Hill.

Next up is a cross-country trip to take on former BC offensive coordinator Doug Martin, now head man at New Mexico State. The Aggies are 1-8, their only win a 34-29 victory over FCS foe Abilene Christian two weeks ago.

But that’s for later. Addazio wasn’t talking NMSU yet, just about what Saturday’s win did for his team in the short and long term. The coach called the win a brick in the foundation of the program, and said the Eagles will build on it.

In the short term, it gave them a much-needed shot of momentum.

“Coach Addazio’s always talking about ‘Get 1-0, get 1-0, every week you have to get 1-0,’” Pierre-Louis said, “and we were able to get 1-0 this week. We prepared relentlessly. We realized that the game last week put us a step behind, so we had to strive even harder.”

“It’s hard for me to explain to you how huge that was,” Addazio said, asked the difference between being 4-4 and 3-5. “We needed to be 4-4. That Carolina game was a crusher for us. We had to buy that back. From a sheer momentum, where you are in the season standpoint, that fourth win was critically, critically important right now.

“I want to be able to savor the moment a little bit. But this magnifies what’s ahead of us right now: We’ve got to go on the road and get win No. 5. And it’s not going to be easy.”

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.

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