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Things we learned: BC earned its way to a bowl

11.20.10 at 4:46 pm ET
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It’s been a challenging season for BC in every aspect, but the Eagles have continued to overcome even the greatest obstacles. Inspired by a power running attack and the last day at Alumni Stadium for seniors Mark Herzlich, Chris Fox, Mike Morrissey and Brad Newman, Boston College didn’t allow a point in the second half and came from behind to beat Virginia, 17-13, Saturday in the team’s final home game of the season.

Virginia’s Robert Randolph made a 27-yard field goal to give the Cavaliers the first lead of the game and a 40-yard kick to give Virginia (4-7, 1-6) a 13-10 halftime lead. He missed a fourth quarter attempt that could have put Virginia only a point behind the Eagles, forcing quarterback Marc Verica to throw against a tough BC secondary.

Coach Frank Spaziani and the Eagles benefitted from a mistake-free day from quarterback Chase Rettig, a powerful running attack, and a fiery Mark Herzlich, winning the game on all sides of the ball. Nate Freese completed his only field goal attempt, a 23-yard kick, and both of his extra point attempts, making him 19-for-20 on PATs for the year.

The win marks the 12th straight season of bowl eligibility for BC (6-5, 4-4), a feat made even more impressive in spite of a five-game losing streak that lasted from Sept. 25 to Oct. 30. The Eagles won their last game at Alumni to extend their current win streak to four straight games. The Eagles qualified for post season play even after suffering key injuries during the season, facing ongoing quarterback struggles, and starting many young players. Read the rest of this entry »

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BC beats Virginia, Bowl-eligible for 12th straight season

11.20.10 at 3:29 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — Continuing a remarkable turnaround, Boston College got a go-ahead touchdown run of four yards from Montel Harris late in the third quarter to help the Eagles beat Virginia, 17-13, Saturday on Senior Day at Alumni Stadium. After five straight losses that left them 2-5, BC won its fourth straight to become bowl eligible for the 12th straight season.

After Harris was knocked out of the game with a left knee injury, true freshman Andre Williams picked up the slack, running 12 times for 108 yards, including a key 60-yard run prior to Harris’ go-ahead TD run.

The game marked the first time since Nov. 11, 2006 that a pair of BC backs run for 100 yards since L.V Whitworth rushed for 118 and Andre Callender ran for 105 against Duke.

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BC bows to Yale despite 30 points from Reggie Jackson

11.18.10 at 9:23 pm ET
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Boston College coach Steve Donahue‘s first game against his old conference was one he’d prefer to forget, as the Eagles dropped a 75-67 decision to Yale at Conte Forum on Thursday night. It marks the third consecutive season BC has lost to an Ivy League team, following losses to Harvard the previous two years.

Austin Morgan led Yale with 25 points, hitting 6-of-9 from 3-point range. The Bulldogs shot an impressive 50 percent from the field and 57 percent from behind the arc (12-for-21).

Reggie Jackson tallied a career-high 30 points for BC, which had its second straight poor shooting night from 3-point range at 3-for-19. The Eagles are 7-for-40 on the season.

BC led only once in the game, at 2-1. The Eagles were down by five at the half, 30-25, and trailed by 16 points after Yale hit four 3-pointers in the first 4:48 of the second half. The margin was 12 points with 4:45 remaining before BC made a late run. However, the Eagles missed numerous chances to get to within a possession in the final 1:24, starting with two missed free throws by Cortney Dunn and including three missed 3-pointers and a missed layup.

BC (1-1) returns to action on Monday, hosting Holy Cross.

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Dennis Clifford among five players to sign with BC basketball

11.17.10 at 3:37 pm ET
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Boston College announced the signing of five basketball recruits to letters of intent Wednesday. Steve Donahue‘s first recruiting class consists of 7-foot center Dennis Clifford of Milton Academy, 6-6 Floridian Eddie Odio and three Southern California products: 6-8 forward Ryan Anderson, 6-11 center Kyle Caudill and 6-4 guard Lonnie Jackson. All five players had previously given verbal commitments to BC.

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Luke Kuechly named finalist for Bronko Nagurski Trophy

11.17.10 at 10:50 am ET
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Boston College sophomore linebacker Luke Kuechly was named Wednesday as one of five finalists for the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club award to the nation’s top defensive player of the season.

Kuechly, who had a career-high 21 tackles in Saturday’s win over Duke, leads the nation with 14.6 tackles per game. He also has two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and nine tackles for loss.

The four other finalists are: Clemson end Da’Quan Bowers, Auburn tackle Nick Fairley, Georgia linebacker Justin Houston and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

The winner will be announced Dec. 6 at a banquet in Charlotte.

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Luke Kuechly named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week

11.15.10 at 1:56 pm ET
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Boston College sophomore linebacker Luke Kuechly was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts in Saturday’s 21-16 victory at Duke. Kuechly, the nation’s leading tackler, finished with 21 tackles (9 solo). It was his second game this season with 20-plus tackles, and he’s the only player in the nation with two such games under his belt. Kuechly also had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups. As a team, the Eagles held Duke to four rushing yards in the game and 311 net yards of offense.

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The Three-Pointer: Strong start for Steve Donahue’s Eagles

11.12.10 at 10:14 pm ET
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St. Francis bills itself “The Small College of Big Dreams.” Friday night in Chestnut Hill, it was a nightmare of epic proportions for the visiting Terriers, as Boston College rolled to a 79-49 victory.

St. Francis came close to setting a number of Conte Forum records for offensive futility, mainly due to the fact that the Terriers missed 19 of their first 20 shots. With seven minutes remaining in the first half, BC led 24-2. Not a bad start for first-year coach Steve Donahue‘s troops.

“It’s really important for this group to get off to a good start,” Donahue said. “We’ve done a lot of work for six months. I thought they’ve done everything we’ve asked as a staff to try to get ready. I want them to be rewarded for that. That’s a good sign. They should feel good about themselves. There’s obviously great room for improvement, and I’m excited about getting in the gym and trying to get better. And I think we can.”

At the other end of the floor, Glenn Braica was making his debut as a head coach after 21 seasons as an assistant at St. Francis and St. John’s. It didn’t go so well. No need to bore you with the statistics. It was bad. A late surge allowed St. Francis to avoid entering its name in the record books.

Joe Trapani led the way for BC with 20 points. Corey Raji and Reggie Jackson contributed 17 points apiece.

One of the few problems for BC was its 3-point shooting, as the Eagles hit just 4-of-21 on the night.

“I thought they were rushed,” Donahue said. “I thought we were maybe open but we just didn’t give it a chance. ‘€¦ A lot of times, 3s success is based on passing. And I thought we didn’t do a great job of moving the basketball ‘€” it was one pass and then he’s open. I don’t think we were in rhythm. We didn’t make the defense guard us as much as I would like. Hence, I thought we rushed a few.”

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Trio of highly regarded Southern California basketball players set to sign with Eagles

11.10.10 at 2:41 pm ET
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New Boston College basketball coach Steve Donahue is prepared to make his first statement that he can recruit at the next level with expected letters of intent from three Southern California players: 6-foot-11, 265-pound center Kyle Caudill (Brea Olinda), 6-3 guard Lonnie Jackson (Valencia) and 6-8 forward Ryan Anderson (Long Beach Poly). The first day of the early signing period is Wednesday.

The three players were teammates on travel teams and will use their friendship to help during the acclimation to the East Coast.

“I’m pretty excited,” Jackson told The Los Angeles Times. “It’s going to be a great time. Just from the weekend I spent with Ryan, we were having a blast together. It’s cool to have friends you can go through the experience with.”

The LA Times story refers to the players as “three of the best basketball players in Southern California,” and notes that Caudill averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds last season, Jackson averaged 23.6 points and Anderson averaged nearly 13 points and 8.6 rebounds and “is considered the top player on the likely preseason No. 1 team in the state.”

Caudill originally had planned to attend Arizona State but decommitted last summer and announced plans to attend BC in August, according to an ESPN profile. He’s a big body and is said to have solid fundamentals and good use of both hands around the basket.

Jackson’s reputation is as a thin, sharpshooting guard. He made a verbal commitment to the Eagles in September.

The scouting report on Anderson, who also gave a verbal in September, is that he has a nice shooting touch and is a great passer for a power forward.

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Former BC football player killed in local car accident

11.09.10 at 9:47 pm ET
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Robert Ziminski, a defensive end on the Boston College football team from 2002-05, was killed in a one-vehicle traffic accident early Saturday morning in Canton, according to a release from the school.

‘€œWe were shocked and saddened to hear of Robert’€™s tragic death,’€ BC coach Frank Spaziani said. ‘€œHe was a member of the Boston College football family, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.’€

Ziminski was a native of Willow Springs, Ill.

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Eagles’ Wes Davis ends football career

11.01.10 at 6:03 am ET
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Senior safety Wes Davis put an end to his football career Sunday after suffering the secoond serious neck injury of his career agaisnt Maryland on Oct. 23. Davis was hospitalized after falling near the far sideline of Alumni Stadium. Davis consulted his doctors adn family and decided to make a decision to end his career.

MRI and CT scans showed no fracture but Davis was hospitalized for his second serious neck injury of his BC playing days after he missed most of 2007 with a neck injury.

A defensive co-captain, Davis is third on the team with 36 tackles, including 26 solo tackles and one in interception. The Eagles will miss this valuable leader in the secondary.

Other Updates:

  • Cornerback DeLeon Gause will undergo surgery on his right knee this Wednesday, coach Frank Spaziani announced. He should miss at least three weeks and he may be able to return 10 days or so after that time.
  • Right tackle Rich Lapham was injured Saturday against Clemson. He suffered a knee injury and he will have an MRI on Sunday.
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