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Steve Addazio says ‘you cry a little bit together’ after heartbreak against Clemson 10.19.14 at 3:08 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — To Steve Addazio, Saturday’s 17-13 loss to No. 24 Clemson is just part of the growing process for his football program.

There have been highlights, such as the 37-31 win over No. 9 USC on Sept. 13 and last week’s bounce-back win over North Carolina State on the road.

But the bumps have been painful. The loss to Pittsburgh at home in the ACC opener. The meltdown against Colorado State when they had the game in their grasp only to lose in the final minute.

And then there was Saturday night at Alumni Stadium. With 10:59 left, Tyler Murphy found Josh Bordner on the other side of the field for a 6-yard touchdown that put BC up, 13-10. But the Eagles defense could keep the Tigers from making two big plays – a 33-yard pass completion to midfield and a 32-yard run off right tackle for the go-ahead touchdown just 84 seconds later.

BC had their chances with under a minute left. Tyler Murphy found Tyler Rouse all alone down the right sideline at the Clemson 3. But the ball fell through his hands on first down and the Eagles lost a chance at beating a Top-25 team.

“€™Obviously our locker room is devastated, which is completely understandable but I’€™m proud of the fact that we battled,” coach Steve Addazio said. “We really battled tonight. We’€™re going to get to work and take a look at where we could have played better, where we could have coached better. Where I could have done a better job to be able to find the inches and the yards in there that would have swung that thing and made a difference. But our team resolve is strong and united.”

“This is where teams come into play. When you’€™re a real team you stick together. You support each other. You cry a little bit together. You take care of each other and your steel resolve gets stronger and you get ready to the play next week. You get ready to go down and play Wake Forrest. That’€™s a good football team we just lost to out there. I’€™ve got a lot of respect for them and the job they did as coaches. They found the plays that they needed to win that game and we came up a little bit short but we battled.”

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Clemson slides by Boston College in rain 10.18.14 at 6:43 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — A second upset of a ranked team wasn’t in the cards for Boston College.

Tyler Murphy drove the Eagles down to the Clemson 25 with under a minute to go, highlighted by a 43-yard scramble up the middle. But after a drop by an open Tyler Rouse of a likely touchdown pass near the goal line, the Eagles drive stalled and Boston College fell to No. 24 Clemson, 17-13, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

Boston College fell short in its effort to end Clemson’s string of 22 straight wins over non-ranked opponents and collect its second win over a Top-25 team this season. They stunned Southern Cal, 37-31, on Sept. 13.

‘€œWell, we were in a tough game tonight against a good opponent,” BC coach Steve Addazio said. “As I said all week long, I had a feeling this game would be exactly the game was. It was going to be a game that was a bunch of three and outs. It was going to be a game where when you had some opportunities to make plays you had to make the plays. It was going to be a
game where our defense was really going to have to really be strong. And we had to fight and get to the fourth
quarter. That’€™s what we did. We fought. We got it to the fourth quarter. We gave ourselves a chance to win. We
just couldn’€™t make a couple of plays that we needed to make to close the game out.”

It was a slow start for both teams, as each punted three times in the first quarter. Clemson broke out on top first when running back Wayne Gallman ran it in from 17 yards out with just under 12 minutes left in the second quarter. Boston College responded when Tyler Murphy found a wide open Sherman Alston for a 25-yard TD connection down the right side.

Clemson took a 10-7 halftime lead on a Ammon Lakip 23-yard field goal at the first half gun.

Boston College punter Alex Howell kept the Eagles in the game with a sensational day, punting 10 times for a 50.1 yard average.

Murphy converted his first third down conversion in 10 tries at a pivotal time. Murphy was flushed from the pocked and rolled to his right, chased by four Clemson linemen. He found a crossing Charlie Callinan for 12 yards down to the Clemson 21.

After another first down, Murphy again rolled to his right, set himself and threw back across the entire width of the field, finding Josh Bordner, who went into the air and brought the ball down for Boston College‘s first lead of the day, 13-10, with 10:59 left in the fourth quarter.

As great a day as Alex Howell had punting the ball on special teams, freshman Mike Knoll picked a bad time to push his extra point wide right.

The Boston College lead lasted just 84 seconds. With the rain pouring down, Clemson marched 83 yards in one minute, 24 seconds. Cole Stoudt found Mike Williams for 33 yards down the right sideline to get the Tigers out to midfield. Three players, C.J. Davidson found a big lane off right tackle and sprinted straight ahead for a 32 yard go-ahead touchdown with 9:35 left.

After the game, Murphy and Bordner both regretted missing chances on big plays. Bordner dropped a pass on a wide open pass over the middle in the first quarter, with no defender behind him. In the third quarter, on a double reverse option play, he underthrew a wide open Charlie Callinan over the middle. Callinan caught the pass for 35 yards down to the Clemson 29 but he fell down making the catch or BC would have had an easy touchdown. Instead, the drive stalled and the Eagles wound up with no points.
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Joe Rahon helps BC hold off Clemson 02.02.13 at 4:10 pm ET
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Freshman guard Joe Rahon scored 26 points and Boston College squandered a huge lead but held on for a 75-68 victory over Clemson on Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.

Rahon hit 9-of-12 shots, including 6-of-7 3-pointers, in recording the most points by an ACC freshman this season. Also for BC (10-11, 2-6 ACC), Lonnie Jackson had 14 points and six assists, and Ryan Anderson contributed 12 points.

Devin Booker had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Clemson (12-9, 4-5).

The Eagles led by 20 points, 57-37, with 9:30 left, before Clemson rallied to get within a point, 67-66, with 1:14 left. Anderson then hit a layup for a three-point BC lead. After a missed 3-pointer by Clemson, Jackson hit 4-of-4 free throws and Rahon scored a basket to seal the win.

BC next plays at Miami on Tuesday.

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BC coach Frank Spaziani: ‘We have a leadership issue’ 10.05.11 at 4:31 pm ET
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With the Boston College football team off to a 1-4 start, coach Frank Spaziani addressed his team’s struggles Wednesday on the weekly ACC coaches conference call.

“We are who we are and we never have excuses,” Spaziani said. “We have had some — what usually happens when you struggle. We have a leadership issue. We have very few upperclass seniors on the team. We have had the ones that were upperclass injured and hurt. And we have had guys in and out of the lineup, and we have had an inconsistency in our practice schedules that has shown up and manifested itself in the games.

“Once again, they are realities and nothing that we didn’t expect or obviously there’s some different things that happened that no one expected. But injuries that came, you know they are going to happen. You just are not sure who it’s going to happen. So everybody is going have them and you have to work through the problems.”

Despite Saturday’s 27-19 home loss to Wake Forest, Spaziani insisted the team is showing signs of progress at it prepares for a meeting with eighth-ranked Clemson on the road Saturday.

“We are getting better,” Spaziani said. “Let me just say that, all right and once again, the record is what it is. But there’s improvement. The young players that are playing are getting better. The players are working hard. There’s a tremendous attitude. And we go one game at a time. You know, the whole idea from the beginning, and this is not a revelation for programs, but is to get better as the season goes along. We always are looking to get better week to week.”

Following are more highlights from the interview.

On if he resigned himself to the fact that the Eagles need to play a certain style in an attempt to win close games: “Resign yourself is not the term that I would have used. We look at our squad, and we looked at it in preseason and we looked at it in summer and we looked at it as we are going along. We are always evaluating how we have to play to maximize our chances to win, and we knew we had to play different coming in in some ways, and as things have unfolded, you know, that’s — we have not quite met the challenge doing that. We understand that we have to make some adjustments.”

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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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Skinner says consistency the key 01.25.10 at 2:53 pm ET
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After getting blown out in three straight conference losses to Clemson, Duke and Maryland, Boston College offered a somewhat improved outlook last week with a comeback win against Miami and a narrow loss to Virginia Tech. BC coach Al Skinner said that his team’€™s renewed effort can be traced to a consistency that it did not have earlier in the season.

‘€œWe have had some injuries and some lineup changes, those type of things, and we lost a lot of games due to that,’€ Skinner said on Monday’s ACC basketball coaches teleconference. ‘€œWe just didn’€™t have any consistency in our rotation and expectations. But now our effort has been more consistent.”

Skinner said that turnaround can be traced to the fact that his players understand their roles. He added that his players ‘€œhave gotten together and just asked a little more of each other, and they are trusting each other and believing in each other.’€

This consistency also has been evident in the play of second-year guard Reggie Jackson, who has averaged a team-high 15.5 points in ACC play. Jackson has rotated between a starting spot and the sixth-man role throughout the season, and he has played both guard spots. He has looked more comfortable as of late. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eagles Holding On By A Thread At Half 09.19.09 at 1:47 pm ET
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Clemson leads Boston College 16-0 at halftime.

Yet, this game should be a blowout.

The only thing that is keeping Boston College from being down 30-0 at this point is that the defense is playing extremely well. They Eagles are keeping Clemson out of the end zone by some type elastic miracle, limiting the explosive offense to three field goals on drives deep in Boston College territory with some gritty and timely tackles. One gets the feeling that it will not last.

It is just death by paper cuts, but is death nonetheless.

The Eagles simply cannot move the ball. Through the first half they have racked up a grand total of negative five yards. Yes, you heard that right — negative five. What are the problems for the Eagles moving the ball?

Well, just about everything.

The offensive line, a supposed strength of this team, is not getting good push off the ball. That has led to a rough day for the Flash and Dash duo of Montel Harris (seven attempts for four yards) and Josh Haden (five for three). It also means that quarterbacks Justin Tuggle and Dave Shinskie have had very little time to operate in the “pocket” (if there has been an approximation thereof) while Tigers’ defensive ends Ricky Sapp and Da’Quan Bowers have their way.

Speaking of Shinskie, the 25-year old freshman has looked terrible. His seven year lay off from organized football may have finally come up with him. On his second snap after taking over for Tuggle he fumbled the snap from center by pulling out too soon. The ball was recovered by by the Tigers at the BC 10-yard line and led to Richard Jackson field goal after the Eagles defense put the clamps down.

Shinskie’s second series did not go well either. He ended up going three-and-out and was saved from a second fumble (after getting sacked by Sapp) when offensive lineman Emmett Cleary sat on the ball. If Shinskie is going to turn it around this week, or in weeks to come, he is going to have to learn to make quicker, more decisive, decisions with the football.

If Boston College has a chance in the second half they are going to have to find some bigs plays either on special teams or by getting the Harris or senior wideout captain Rich Gunnell into the game.

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Defense Holding Up, Offense Struggles To Move at 12:57 pm ET
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It looks like it will come down to the defenses.

Boston College is doing its best to contain the explosive Clemson duo of C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford and, except for Spiller’s punt return for a touchdown, have been doing pretty well.

They are also getting a little help from Kyle Parker.

The Tigers’ redshirt freshman quarterback has now thrown two interceptions, the first by Wes Davis and the second by Dominick LeGrande and the Eagles defense has held tenuous containment of the rest of the Clemson offense. So far Spiller has five rushes for 25 yards and Ford has three receptions for 31 yards. Decent numbers but Boston College has stopped the last four Clemson drives.

That would all be well and good if the Eagles could move the ball. Through the first two minutes of the second quarter Boston College has all of 12 total yards of offense and one first down. Justin Tuggle has been the man at quarterback through the entire first quarter and the start of the second, but do not be surprised if David Shinskie enters the game soon. 

13:17 left in second quarter. Clemson 7 – BC 0

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