BC falls just short against Florida State
|10.16.10 at 3:29 pm ET|
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.