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Notre Dame 21, Boston College 6: Fighting Irish prevail in Holy War

Everett Golson had two touchdown passes and the No. 4 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish remained undefeated with a 21-6 win over the Boston College Eagles on Saturday evening in Chestnut Hill, MA.

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Notre Dame 21, BC 6: Irish win the Holy War

CHESTNUT HILL - Everett Golson and the No. 4 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish were successful on their first 10 third down conversions and used lengthy drives to keep their counterparts off the field en route to a 21-6 win over the Boston College Eagles on Saturday night at Alumni Stadium.

Golson completed 16-of-24 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns for Notre Dame, which amassed 394 total yards. Theo Riddick rushed for 104 yards on 18 carries and six different receivers caught a pass -- led by Tyler Eifert (six catches, 67 yards) -- for the Fighting Irish, who improved to a perfect 10-0.

Chase Rettig threw for 254 yards on 28-of-44 passing for Boston College, which put up 304 yards on offense. Eight different receivers caught a pass for BC, with Alex Amidon snagging six balls for 84 yards. Rolandan Finch had 40 rushing yards on seven carries as the Eagles managed just 57 yards on the ground.

Amidon, a junior, became the school's all-time single season receiving yards leader with 1,149 late in the fourth quarter, passing Brian Brennan.

Nick Clancy (upper body) and Bobby Swigert (right knee) both left the game with injuries for the Eagles. The official announced attendance was a sellout crowd of 44,500.

Notre Dame now leads the all-time series, 13-9, and has won three straight. Boston College will face Virginia Tech on senior day next Saturday before traveling to face old friend Tom O'Brien and N.C. State in the season finale.



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Eagles trail Fighting Irish 21-3 after three

The Boston College Eagles are running out of time in their upset bid against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and currently trail 21-3.

Notre Dame had the first possession of the second half, starting with the ball at their own 35-yard line. The Irish moved the ball down the field through the air, with Everett Golson going 5-7 on the drive for 62 yards. The drive ended with a Notre Dame touchdown, an 18-yard Golson pass to John Goodman, which pushed the lead to 21-3.

Boston College started their first drive of the second half at their own 29 yard-line. The Eagles converted two third downs, but their offense stalled around midfield. Boston College attempted to convert a 4th-and-14 from the Notre Dame 39 yard-line, but turned the ball over on downs after an incomplete pass.

The Fighting Irish did not capitalize on the strong field position and punted the ball back to the Eagles. The punting unit did its job, downing Boston College at their own 14-yard-line. The Eagles offense had driven the ball past midfield into Irish territory when the third quarter came to a close.

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Eagles trail Irish 14-3 at half

The Boston College Eagles, looking for their third victory on the season, trail the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 14-3 at half.

Notre Dame scored on its first possession of the game, marching the ball 95 yards down the field for an Everett Golson 2-yard touchdown run. Boston College responded with an impressive drive of their own. The Eagles started with the ball at their own 12 yard-line and drove into the Fighting Irish red zone, but the Irish held firm and forced a Boston College field goal.

The Eagles' forced Irish tailback George Atkinson III to fumble the ball in the second quarter, but proved unable to score on the turnover. After a Boston College punt, the Irish went on a drive that chewed up 8:30 in the quarter, and it resulted in a Golson 7-yard touchdown pass to Troy Niklas.

Boston College linebacker and the team's leading tackler Nick Clancy suffered an upper body injury in the first half and will not return to the game.

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Boston College LB hurts upper body, out for game

Boston College's defensive anchor, Nick Clancy, is out for the rest of the game with an upper body injury.

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Notre Dame leads Boston College 7-0 after first

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, looking to stay undefeated on the season, are currently leading the Boston College Eagles 7-0 through one quarter of play.

The Eagles had the first possession of the game. They managed to pick up a first down on their first play from scrimmage, but the Fighting Irish defense forced a punt after the next three downs. The Boston College special teams made a great play, pinning the Irish at their own five-yard line.

The Notre Dame offense proved unfazed, marching the ball 95 yards down the field for a touchdown. Everett Golson completed three of his five passes on the drive for 52 yards, and scored the touchdown with his legs, running for a two-yard score. Theo Riddick also had a strong drive, rushing for 25 yards on four carries.

Boston College had poor field position after the kickoff, starting their second drive of the game at their own 12. The Eagles offense proved much more effective this time, driving the ball down the field into the Notre Dame red zone. Boston College will have 4th down inside the Notre Dame 20 when play resumes in the second quarter.
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BC vs. Notre Dame preview: SB Nation on IMG Sports

CHESTNUT HILL - With the latest installment of the Holy War between the Boston College Eagles and No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish just minutes away, SB Nation Boston contributor Dave Shook spoke with the Notre Dame IMG Sports Network to preview Saturday night's rivalry game.

AUDIO: Boston College-Notre Dame Preview On IMG SPORTS

Boston College enters Saturday's game with a 2-7 record and a 1-5 mark in the ACC while Notre Dame is a perfect 9-0 and holds the No. 4 ranking in the latest BCS Standings. The Fighting Irish hold a 12-9 lead in the all time series against the Eagles and have won the last three meetings in a row.

Last season, Boston College fell just short of a win in South Bend, losing 16-14. The Eagles scored a touchdown to bring themselves within two points with two minutes to play, but they could not recover an onside kick.

Saturday's game kicks off at 8:12 p.m. ET and will air nationally on ABC.



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BC vs Notre Dame: Game preview, TV Schedule & more

Chase Rettig and the Boston College Eagles aim to upset the rival and No. 4 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday evening in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Event: Boston College Eagles (2-7, 1-5 ACC) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-0).

Date/Time: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 8:00 p.m. ET.

Location: Alumni Stadium (Capacity: 44,000), Chestnut Hill, MA.

Broadcast Info: Saturday's game between Boston College will be televised nationally on ABC (Ch. 5 in Boston and surrounding areas), with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox on the call. The game can also be heard on the radio on the WEEI Sports Radio Network (93.7 FM).

Odds: Notre Dame is a 19-point favorite over Boston College on Saturday night.

Series History: Boston College trails the all-time series against Notre Dame, 12-9. The series dates back to 1975. The Eagles and Fighting Irish are 4-4 in games played in Chestnut Hill. Notre Dame has won the last three meetings, including a 16-14 decision last season in South Bend, IN.

Game Notes: Boston College Game Notes | Boston College Depth Chart

Game Preview: Another disappointing season has resulted in a second-straight season of bowl ineligibility, but that won't stop the Boston College Eagles from going all in attempt to end the perfect season of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. No doubt, the Eagles are fired up and will be treating Saturday's rivalry game like a bowl game. An Eagles' victory, as unlikely as it is, wouldn't mean much in the standings, but the moral win would be huge. Clearly, the players and coaches at Boston College are frustrated with this year's results, and a win against the Fighting Irish would go a long way towards easing that pain. It won't be easy, though. Notre Dame enters the Battle for the Ireland Trophy with a below average offense, but one of the best defenses in the nation, anchored by its Heisman Trophy candidate, linebacker Manti T'eo. Boston College, meanwhile, boasts a subpar defense that ranks in the bottom half of the league in a handful of categories. The Eagles' offense is a different story, as junior quarterback Chase Rettig and star wide receiver Alex Amidon have nearly single-handedly kept the unit respectable. The odds favor Notre Dame, for very good reason, but Boston College has historically been ready for these matchups, so a close game is not entirely out of the realm of possibility. One thing's certain: Boston College will have its work cut out for it.

Prediction: Boston College does all it can to make this one interesting, but the all-too-powerful bunch from Notre Dame come away with the win. Final score: Notre Dame 38, Boston College 28.



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BC vs. Notre Dame: Eagles aiming to upset of Irish

Chase Rettig and the Boston College Eagles (2-7, 1-5 ACC) are hoping to pull off the upset of the year when the host the rival Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-0) at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday evening in Chestnut Hill, MA.

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