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First take: BC holds off Clemson, snaps skid

10.30.10 at 3:12 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — Chase Rettig earned his first win as the starting quarterback and tailback Montel Harris had 178 yards of total offense, as Boston College snapped a five-game losing streak with a 16-10 victory over Clemson Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

With Harris rushing 36 times for 142 yards on the day, Rettig passed only 16 times, completing nine. One of those completions was 36 yards to a wide-open Harris for second-quarter touchdown, giving BC its first lead at home since Kent State on Sept. 11. Rettig overcame another struggling effort early, throwing an interception to Rashard Hall, returned 52 yards for Clemson’s only touchdown of the day.

Kicker Nate Freese hit all three of his field goal attempts – twice from 36 yards and once from 21 – in support of a staunch defensive effort. All-American linebacker candidate Luke Kuechly picked off a pass near midfield with 1:42 left in the fourth and then knocked down a “Hail Mary” attempt as time expired to seal the win for the Eagles.

BC improved to 3-5, 1-4 in the ACC and visit Wake Forest next Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Halftime analysis: BC leads Clemson, 16-10

10.30.10 at 2:00 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL–  This is what the Eagles should look like.

Amidst their recent struggles, the BC team has played solid football on every side of the ball. After throwing an early interception, Chase Rettig regained his form to make some big throws and Montel Harris continued his elusive running to give BC a 16-10 lead at halftime over Clemson. The Eagles defense also played well against a potent Clemson attack and refused to give up big plays, holding Clemson to only one third-down conversion in the half. Even the special teams units have pitched in, with three field goals from Nate Freese and a fumble recovery on a second-quarter kickoff.

BC (2-5, 0-4 ACC) and Clemson (4-3, 2-2 ACC) met in Chestnut Hill for this year’€™s battle of the O’€™Rourke-McFadden Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the winner of the BC-Clemson football game to commemorate the rich football traditions of both schools. The Eagles have won four of the last six meeting but have lost two consecutive games to Clemson. The Boston College Gridiron Club initiated the award in recognition of Clemson’€™s welcoming of BC into the ACC.

Since 2003, BC has been one of the conference’€™s top teams ‘€” but this year is proving to be an exception. BC, trying to snap a five-game losing streak, will have to go through a Clemson team that has had played well this year but lost a few close games to high-ranked teams like Miami (FL) and Auburn.

Last week’€™s game against Maryland was one of BC’€™s better performances, as the Eagles rallied in the second half but fell just short.The BC offense has been sparked by the rejuvenated play of Harris in the past two weeks as he passed 3,000 career yards against Maryland but inconsistent quarterback play has given opposing teams too many scoring chances in recent weeks.

This week started no differently. With 11:59 in the first quarter, Rettig threw a pass intercepted by Rashard Hall for a 52-yard touchdown return.

Rettig recovered nicely and on the next BC drive, threw a 40-yard pass to Ifeanyi Momah to bring the Eagles to the 2-yard line. However, Clemson executed a strong goal line stand and forced BC to settle for a 21-yard Freese field goal to bring the game to 7-3.

Clemson responded with a 64-yard drive that ended in a Chandler Catanzaro field goal to bring the Clemson lead to 10-3.

In the second quarter, BC mounted a 62-yard drive that encompassed over nine minutes but once again failed to score in the red zone, leading to a 36-yard Freese field goal.

The next Ryan Quigley kickoff was fumbled by Clemson and recovered by BC linebacker Steele Divitto at the Clemson 36-yard line. The resulting play led to a 36-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Harris to give the Eagles a 13-10 lead. It was the Eagles’€™ first lead at home since a Sept. 11 win against Kent State.

Possibly the most surprising statistics were that BC did not punt once in the first half and recorded 220 offensive yards while holding Clemson to only 92.

The half ended strangely as coach Frank Spaziani and the Eagles made the call to let the clock run down while inside the Clemson 20-yard line. The BC offense had established a solid rhythm after Catanzaro missed a Clemson field goal from the 26-yard line. Fans booed, hoping for a more aggressive approach to finish the half. Freese nailed another 36-yard kick to bring the lead to 16-10 as the half expired.

Rettig finished the first half going 4-for-6 attempts with 91 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Harris had another big half, carrying 23 times for 109 yards and his only reception came on his 36-yard touchdown catch. Harris recorded his fifth game of the season with over 100 yards to continue his assault on the BC record books.

Notes from the game:

Right tackle Rich Lapham was taken out of the game with a left knee injury and he will not return. Lapham is a 6’€™8’€™’€™ sophomore who is a crucial member of the strong BC offensive line.

Standout linebacker Luke Kuechly recorded six tackles, including his 100th tackle of the season. A true freshman, Kuechly has been amongst the nation’€™s best and vital member of a strong linebacker trio in Chestnut Hill.

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Things We Learned: Maryland 24, BC 21

10.23.10 at 6:20 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL’€“ This is getting old for BC.

A fourth-down rushing attempt by Montel Harris fell just short of the first down, sealing the Maryland victory. Harris, who put up a great game with 27 rushes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, also committed a game-changing fumble at his own 38 in the first half. It resulted in a go-ahead touchdown. Chase Rettig threw a pair of interceptions.

The first set up Maryland’€™s third touchdown and the second killed a momentum-generating drive late in the first half. Despite a fourth quarter rally from the Eagles, the BC offense fell short of the comeback with a 24-21 loss’€”their fifth straight defeat.

Three BC starters were also injured in the game, included safety Wes Davis who was rolled off the field on a stretcher. Senior DE Alex Albright suffered what appeared to be a serious right ankle injury in the first quarter. He was spotted on crutches on the sidelines in the second half and didn’t return.

“I didn’t get the official word from the doc but it did not look like he was going to be out there pretty soon,” Spaziani sounding an ominous tone.

Turnovers have killed BC all year and this game was no different.

‘€œObviously three turnovers to zero was a tilting factor in the game. We just don’€™t have the winning edge right now,’€ said coach Frank Spaziani. ‘€œUntil we get it, we’€™re going to be doing the horseshoe thing’€¦getting close.’€

The Maryland offense responded to the challenge thanks to some BC miscues and an impressive first half by quarterback Danny O’€™Brien, taking a 21-7 lead into halftime. Maryland struck first with a 48-yard drive that finished with a 2-yard touchdown pass from O’€™Brien to wide receiver Torrey Smith. The Terrapins converted two fourth downs on the drive against a BC defense that had been stingy up until Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Coming up just short… again: Maryland 24, BC 21

10.23.10 at 5:31 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — For the second straight week, it was a matter of inches. And for the second straight week, Boston College came up just short.

On Saturday, as BC was trying to avoid its first five-game losing streak since 1998, a fourth-down rushing attempt by Montel Harris fell just short of the first down, sealing a 24-21 Maryland victory. Harris who put up a great game with 27 rushes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, also committed a game-changing fumble at his own 38 in the first half. It resulted in a go-ahead touchdown.

True-freshman quarterback Chase Rettig threw a pair of interceptions. The first set up Maryland’€™s third touchdown and the second killed a momentum-generating drive late in the first half. Despite a fourth quarter rally from the Eagles (2-5, 0-4 ACC), the BC offense fell just short of the comeback, failing to move the ball with two chances after cutting the deficit to three.

Three BC starters were injured in the game, included safety Wes Davis who was rolled off the field on a stretcher with a neck injury. He was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for precautionary tests after reporting movement in all extremities.

Maryland (5-2, 2-1 ACC) won in New England for the first time since beating BC at Foxboro Stadium, 31-13, on Sept. 14, 1985. A crowd of 36,078 turned out at Alumni Stadium, as the Eagles dropped their third straight game at Chestnut Hill.

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Wes Davis wheeled off on stretcher

10.23.10 at 3:36 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — Boston College free safety Wes Davis was taken off on a stretcher after being injured with 3:47 left in the third quarter of the game against Maryland at Alumni Stadium.

Davis was on the far side of midfield in front of the Maryland sideline making a play when he was hit. He was immobilized and lifted onto the guerney and wheeled off following a 10-minute delay.

Moments later came the announcement that Davis suffered a neck injury but had full movement in all extremities. He was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for further evaluation.

The injury to Davis was the most severe of a rough day for the Eagles. All-American candidate and the team’s leading sacker Alex Albright left in the first quarter with a right ankle injury.

Cornerback DeLeon Gause suffered a knee injury late in the third quarter and limped off the field. His return was questionable.

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Halftime Report: BC trails 21-7

10.23.10 at 3:05 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL’€“ Turnovers are killing Boston College.

And so is inconsistent quarterback play. Montel Harris, who put up a great first half with 84 yards on 16 carries, also committed a game-changing fumble at his own 38. It resulted in the go-ahead touchdown. Chase Rettig threw a pair of interceptions. The first set up Maryland’s third touchdown and the second killed a momentum-generating drive late in the half.

BC (2-4, 0-3 ACC) won the coin toss against Maryland (4-2, 1-1 ACC) and elected to kick off to a Maryland offense that managed to score seven points against Clemson last Saturday.

The Maryland offense responded to the challenge thanks to some BC miscues and a huge first half by quarterback Danny O’€™Brien, taking a 21-7 lead into halftime at Alumni Stadium. BC lineman Alex Albright suffered a right ankle injury and his return to the game is questionable. Albright has 4.5 sacks on the year for the Eagles, leading the team.

Maryland struck first in Alumni with a 48-yard drive that finished with a 2-yard touchdown pass from O’€™Brien to wide Torrey Smith. The Terrapins converted two fourth downs on the drive against a BC defense that has refused to give up long plays.

Boston College responded with their longest touchdown drive of the season, capped off by Rettig’€™s 3-yard pass to Bobby Swigert. The drive covered 75-yards over 8 minutes, nine seconds and tied the game at 7-7. The drive meant much more for BC than just seven points; it was the type of drive that BC had failed to finish off all season.

The Eagles entered Saturday’€™s matchup against ACC Atlantic opponent Maryland with a chip on their shoulder after last week’€™s close 24-19 loss to Florida State’€”the fourth straight loss for the Eagles. The Eagles played some of their best football this year against Florida State, giving the ranked Seminoles a fight for an entire four quarters.

The reemergence of Harris began with a 72-yard run on the first play from scrimmage for the Eagles against the Seminoles. Also, sophomore defensive back Jim Noel made his second start for BC after recording two interceptions’€”one which he returned 43-yards for a touchdown against Florida State.

One highlight for the BC faithful was Harris’€™ 84-yard first half which pushed the junior over 3,000 rushing yards for his career. Harris is fourth on the all-time rushing list and now trails all-time leading rusher Derrick Knight who had 3,725 yards in his heralded career.

However, BC would soon be hindered by miscues that have cost them countless games so far in the season. Montel Harris fumbled at the BC 38-yard line to set up an O’€™Brien touchdown to wide out Ronnie Tyler for a 9-yard completion, putting the Terrapins up 14-7. Only a few minutes later, Rettig threw an interception to Antwine Perez at the BC 33-yard line, leading to another O’€™Brien touchdown to Kerry Boykins for a 6-yard completion.

Down 21-7, the Eagles attempted to mount one final drive before the end of the half, but Rettig’€™s pass to Swigert was intercepted by Perez’€”his second pick of the game’€”with 21 seconds left in the half.

O’€™Brien finished the first half 14-for-23 attempts with 98 yards and three touchdowns. Rettig have an uninspiring half going 5-for-11 with 24 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. BC will need to enter the second half with a team dedicated to preventing turnovers, creating scoring opportunities, and limiting the effectiveness of Maryland’€™s passing game.

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BC falls just short against Florida State

10.16.10 at 3:29 pm ET
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Led by its defense, Boston College stood on the cusp of a major upset, taking a 19-17 lead over Florida State early in the fourth quarter. But the No. 16 Seminoles rallied at home, with wide receiver Bert Reed taking a reverse and weaving 42 yards for a touchdown to give FSU a 24-19 victory in Tallahassee.

Boston College fell to 2-4 on the year and 0-3 in the ACC. But they came tantalizingly close to shocking their opponents. With BC trailing, 17-9, late in the third quarter, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich tipped a pass from FSU quarterback Christian Ponder, with defensive back Jim Noel hauling it in (for his second pick of the day) and running 41 yards to the end zone. The pick marked the fourth FSU turnover of the day; BC, meanwhile, did not turn the ball over once.

The extra point brought Boston College within a point, and soon, the Eagles took a lead at the start of the fourth quarter on a 38-yard field goal from Nate Freese.

But FSU (6-1, 4-0 in the ACC) countered with its touchdown, set up by Greg Reid‘s 24-yard kick return of a pooch kick that took the ball to the 48 yard line, which gave the Seminoles a short field for the winning score.

The Eagles defense picked off Ponder three times. Meanwhile, BC quarterback Chase Rettig was 9-for-24 for 95 yards. Running back Montel Harris gouged the Seminoles defense for 191 yards on 26 carries.

Boston College will return to Chestnut Hill on Oct. 23, seeking its first conference victory of the year against Maryland.

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NC State routs BC; Eagles fall to 2-3

10.09.10 at 7:58 pm ET
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The wheels are quickly falling off the wagon known as the 2010 BC football season.

The latest hazard to crop up came Saturday in Raleigh in the first road test of the season as North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-17 blowout of the Eagles.

It was BC’s third straight loss and also their largest margin of defeat.

The BC defense was unable to find an answer to Wilson, who went 38-for-51 with two picks. Senior linebacker Mark Herzlich was the recipient of one of Wilson’s mistakes, his second interception of the season.

The marquee match up of the day was Tom O’Brien against his former team led by second-year coach Frank Spaziani. O’Brien was at BC for ten years until he left following the 2006 season. BC, (2-3, 0-2 in the ACC), had won the last three meetings with the Wolfpack until Saturday.

The Eagles started quarterback Dave Shinskie who regained his starting posistion after an injury to freshman Chase Rettig and a poor performance by Mike Marscovetra left Spaziani with no other option. Since going 2-0 to start the season, the Eagles have been outscored, 94-30, in losses to Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and N.C. State.

NC State scored its first touchdown off of a blocked punt in the BC end zone which was recovered by D.J. Green to put the Wolfpack up 10-0. NC State never looked back and captured a dominating win over the Eagles on all sides of the ball.

Shinskie turned in another disheartening performance. Shinskie went 7-for-24 with 89 yards passing, one touchdown, and two interceptions. NC State defender C.J. Wilson intercepted a Shinskie pass for a 28-yard touchdown early in the third quarter, putting the Wolfpack up 34-10 and sealing a win for NC State.

Shinskie was replaced in the second half by Marscovetra who later threw a 67-yard pass to Alex Amidon in the fourth quarter for the Eagles’ only points in the second half. Amidon had a big day, highlighted by his touchdown catch, catching three passes for 102 yards.  Marscovetra also threw an interception, providing little hope that he can be the long-term solution the Eagles desperately need at quarterback.

Junior running back Montel Harris had 14  rushes for 53 yards, providing little help for a BC team that was behind early in the game.

Boston College will face #23 ranked Florida State next weekend in another ACC Atlantic battle for the Eagles.

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Eagles turn to Shinskie again

10.08.10 at 3:12 pm ET
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After being benched for his three-turnover performance in a 19-0 loss to Virginia Tech on Sept. 25, 26-year-old sophomore Dave Shinskie will start once again for the Eagles this Saturday against NC State (4-1, 1-1 ACC). Shinskie will start after his replacement, freshman Chase Rettig, injured his ankle in the first half of the Eagles’ 31-13 loss to rival Notre Dame. Rettig showed some promise against Notre Dame, launching a 58-yard TD pass to freshman Bobby Swigert in the first half.

Sophomore quarterback Mark Marscovetra replaced Rettig against the Fighting Irish and had opportunities to earn a starting job while Shinskie watched from the sidelines. It seems coach Frank Spaziani lost confidence in Marscovetra after the sophomore threw two interceptions while failing to lead the Eagles (2-2) to a single score in the second half.

Shinskie has struggled greatly this season, but he now has the opportunity to prove some doubters wrong after regaining the starting job once again. The quarterback issues have placed serious burdens on the offense and defense, and the Eagles (2-2) likely will continue to struggle until some stability is found at quarterback.

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Five Things We Learned: Rettig can’t take flight

10.03.10 at 12:57 am ET
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CHESTNUT HILL ‘€” This is not – by any stretch of the imagination – the way Chase Rettig had it planned in his mind this week.

Boston College and Notre Dame kicked off the 20th chapter of the ‘€œHoly War’€ rivalry with plenty of storylines for both teams. But there was none greater for BC fans than the anticipated debut of true freshman quarterback Chase Rettig for the Eagles.

Rettig’€™s debut was cut short near the end of the first half with an ankle injury that had him leave the field for the rest of the game. Prior to the injury, the Eagles had shown signs of life but an early Notre Dame lead and a putrid second half led to a 31-13 defeat at the hands of the Fighting Irish.

Rettig beat out sophomore Mike Marscovetra for the start after coach Frank Spaziani decided the offense needed a change from quarterback Dave Shinskie. The BC coaching staff had originally intended to redshirt the touted quarterback but early struggles from Shinskie prompted Spaziani to change his plans after a 19-0 shutout at the hands of Virginia Tech.

The Eagles looked stunned out of the gate after the Fighting Irish, led by quarterback Dayne Crist, jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Notre Dame returned the kickoff to midfield on the opening kickoff and four plays later Crist ran the ball for a 7-yard touchdown.

The Eagles were unable to respond in their first three drives after Rettig was unable to complete a pass on his first four attempts. Notre Dame proceeded to score on two of their next three possessions to bring the score to 21-0 with just over two minutes left in the first quarter. Crist threw two touchdowns to Kyle Rudolf and Theo Riddick in addition to his scramble score.

After failing to reach a first down on their first three possessions, BC scored when Rettig completed a 58-yard touchdown strike to freshman receiver Bobby Swigert, the team’€™s longest pass of the season. On Notre Dame’€™s next drive, sophomore Luke Kuechly recovered a Cierre Wood fumble in Irish territory at the 45-yard line.

Suddenly, Boston College had some desperately-needed life. The Eagles failed to reach the end zone but freshman kicker Nate Freese drilled an impressive 49-yard field goal to cut the Irish lead to 21-10. Freese’€™s field goal was BC’€™s longest since a Sando Sciortino 49-yard kick in 2002. However, an ankle injury to Rettig forced the BC offense to substitute Marscovetra early halfway through the second quarter. Rettig’€™s return to the field remained questionable for the rest of the first half after going 5-for-10 attempts with 72 yards and a touchdown.

Irish running back Armando Allen’€™s fumble on the next drive was recovered by BC safety Dominick LeGrande to the ND 13-yard line but Marscovetra was unable to move the ball for the Eagles, resulting in Freese’€™s 25-yard field goal. Thanks to a suddenly resolved defense and a deep pass by Rettig, the Eagles reduced their deficit to 21-13. Neither team reached the end zone for the rest of the half but Notre Dame struck back with a 37-yard field goal from David Ruffer to give the Irish the halftime lead of 24-13.

The second half began with the announcement that Rettig would not return to play for the Eagles. With Marscovetra at the helm, the offense was not able to replicate any success to the tune of zero points in the second half. Notre Dame scored their fourth touchdown on Armando Allen’€™s two-yard run that put the Fighting Irish up 31-13.

Allen’€™s score proved to be the last points of the game with neither team scoring in the fourth quarter. For the second straight game, Boston College failed to score any points in the second half while trailing. The crowd of 44,500 in Alumni Stadium left disappointed after the Eagles’€™ second straight loss, both to rivals ND and Virginia Tech.

Decisions to be made on quarterbacks following injury

Players, fans, and coaches left the game wondering what could have been if the debut of Chase Rettig had not been cut short in the first half. After struggling to communicate and connect with his receivers, Rettig settle down and showed promise at quarterback for the Eagles. Rettig showed comfort in the pocket and was even willing to scramble when the talented Irish defense applied pressure. Most importantly, Rettig avoided double coverage and refused to give the ND defense a chance to create turnovers. After the game the X-ray of the left ankle of Rettig was ruled negative but was sprained.

‘€œI’€™m pretty sure I was leaving the pocket and I did a spin move back and I think a defender that was trailing me just slid into my ankle. So I sprained my ankle. We’€™ll know more tomorrow,’€ said Rettig as he described his injury.

The decision will have to be made if Rettig will be able to return in the future or if the BC coaching staff will seek a medical redshirt for the freshman quarterback.

Marscovetra’€™s performance showed why Rettig took over the starting job in their week long competition to replace Dave Shinskie. Marscovetra looked completely out of sync with the offense and was unable to lead BC to a single score in the second half. The sophomore quarterback finished with 22-for-37 attempts with 193 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. Bobby Swigert had a game high 137 yards on 7 receptions including BC’€™s only touchdown of their past two games. Turnovers, penalties, decision making, and play calling were once again problems for the Eagles offense. Eagles fans should be disappointed that the offense continued to struggle without much improvement after failing to score a point last Saturday.

Numerous passes were dropped by the young receiving core of the BC offense and running back Montel Harris was unable to break free from the Irish defense. Harris had 15 rushes for 28 yards and was consistently stopped at the line of scrimmage as Brian Kelly and the ND coaching staff was able to focus on preventing the elusive junior from finding open field.

‘€œThere are certain things that we have to be able to do. We have to be able to run the ball,’€ said Spaziani. ‘€œWe left a lot of plays out there. We dropped a few passes that would have helped. We can’€™t go back and keep throwing the ball all over the place.’€

BC defense exposed early by Fighting Irish

After giving up no more than 20 points in any of their first three games, the BC defense gave up 21 points to the Fighting Irish in the first quarter. Dayne Crist exposed the defense for 203 yards, two passing touchdowns, and one rushing score. Brian Kelly’€™s offensive game plan took advantage of open spaces over the middle of the field and simply gained more points than the Eagles offense was capable of scoring. Junior defensive back Donnie Fletcher was able to come up with Crist’€™s only interception in the second half but the Eagles were unable to take advantage.

Armando Allen found multiple holes in the BC offense to the tune of 90 yards on 19 carries including his 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The talented linebacker corps of the Eagles was unable to close the gaps quick enough to stop Allen or reach Crist, coming up with only one sack.

‘€œI don’€™t think it’€™s as much as what they’€™re doing to us as what we’€™re doing to ourselves,’€ said Luke Kuechly. ‘€œWe came out flat. They start rolling like that and getting down in the red zone and there’€™s not much you can do. We had good play calls we just couldn’€™t execute on defense.’€

Kuechly extended his nation-leading streak of double-digit tackles to 13 with a 14 tackle performance against the Irish.  Senior defensive tackle Damik Scafe forced two fumbles, resulting in six points for BC in the first half. Senior linebacker Mark Herzlich recorded only two tackles in the game in his return to the Holy War after missing last season’€™s contest while battling Ewing’€™s Sarcoma.

Notre Dame’€™s offense was one of the most talented units that the Eagles defense will face this season but the result was disheartening considering the weight placed on the defense’€™s shoulders by the team’€™s offensive struggles. After another week of offensive futility, it is clear that the burden placed on Kuechly, Herzlich, and the rest of the defense is as heavy as ever.

Notre Dame regains control of Holy War

Boston College entered the twentieth edition of the Holy War with a chance to tie the series against the Fighting Irish. The Holy War highlights the matchup between the only two Catholic universities that play in the FBS. The winner of the game is awarded two trophies each year, the Frank Leahy Memorial Bown and the Ireland Trophy. The Eagles had won the previous six contests dating back to a 21-17 victory in Alumni Stadium on Oct. 27, 2001. After their second straight defeat to ND, Boston College now trails 9-11 in the series that dates back to 1975.

Irish coach Brian Kelly won his first meeting of the rivalry while Frank Spaziani moves to 0-2 in his tenure as head coach of the Eagles. Officials from both schools agreed in June to an extension that will face the programs off six more times through 2019. The next meeting will take place next year in South Bend where the Irish won last year’€™s matchup 20-16.

Eagles struggling at wrong time

The Eagles finished their four-game home stand to begin the season at 2-2. BC’€™s two victories were against Weber State and Kent State but they have struggled mightily against athletic teams like Virginia Tech and ND. BC should have finished no less than 3-1 to start the season in Alumni Stadium. The next five games on the Boston College schedule are against opposing ACC Atlantic division teams. This means one thing: the Eagles must get their team together.

BC will travel to face a talented NC State team next Saturday. NC State (4-1, 1-1 ACC) had been ranked #23 until losing to Virginia Tech 41-30 Saturday. The Eagles must find a way to win against Atlantic foes in order to have a hope at turning the corner on their early struggles.  Three of their next five games will be away from the friendly confines of Alumni Stadium, where BC has traditionally thrived. However, the two straight BC losses have been the first time that they have lost consecutive games at home since 2003.

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