Florida State 24, Boston College 19: Montel Harris, Eagles Can't Finish The Job

Montel Harris had a monster day, rushing for 191 yards on 26 carries, but No. 16 Florida State defeated Boston College 24-19 in Tallahassee, Florida. Read more at BC Interruption and Tomahawk Nation.

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Florida State 24, Boston College 19: Eagles Can't Finish The Job

Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) - Wide receiver Bert Reed ran for a 42-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to lift 16th-ranked Florida State to a 24-19 win over Boston College at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Seminoles quarterback Christian Ponder threw a pair of touchdowns, but also committed four turnovers. He was intercepted three times, including twice by Jim Noel, who returned one for a touchdown, and fumbled once.

Ponder finished with 170 yards on 19-of-31 attempts for Florida State (6-1, 4-0 ACC), who snapped a two-game skid against Boston College and have posted five consecutive victories since its lone loss at Oklahoma.

Montel Harris rushed for 191 yards on 26 carries for the Eagles (2-4, 0-3), who have suffered four consecutive losses. Chase Rettig, back under center after spraining his left ankle two weeks ago against Notre Dame, was limited to 95 yards on 9-of-24 efficiency.

Ponder was intercepted by Noel on the first offensive play of the third quarter, and Boston College converted the turnover into a 28-yard Nate Freese field goal.

Dustin Hopkins' 26-yard field goal put Florida State up 17-9, then Noel picked off Ponder again and this time returned the ball 43 yards to the end zone, trimming the deficit to one with 4:20 to play in the frame.

Boston College's defense forced another turnover on the ensuing possession, as Ponder botched the exchange to the running back. Damik Scafe recovered the fumble for the Eagles.

A pair of runs by Harris set up a 3rd-and-6 at the BC 49. Rettig was then forced out of the pocket before he moved the chains with a 29-yard completion to Bobby Swigert on the final play of the quarter. The Eagles led 19-17 after Freese was perfect from 38 yards away.

The Seminoles last trailed in a game against the Sooners on September 11.

Florida State, though, needed only two minutes to regain the lead. The Seminoles started at their own 48 after a 24 yard return by Greg Reid on the kickoff. Facing a 2nd-and-11 on the BC 42, Ponder handed the ball to Bert Reed on an end-around and he scampered down the left sideline before lunging for the pylon.

Florida State then forced a punt from Boston College before running out the remaining eight minutes by picking up three first downs.

Boston College got off to a promising start, with Harris picking up 72 yards on the game's first play from scrimmage. However, the drive stalled at the FSU 16-yard line, and Freese kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Eagles the early lead.

Freese drilled a 37-yarder on Boston College's next possession to make it 6-0, but the Seminoles moved ahead late in the first quarter when Ponder capped a nine-play jaunt with a three-yard TD pass to Lonnie Pryor.

Donnie Fletcher picked off Ponder on the Seminoles' initial drive of the second stanza, setting the Eagles up on the FSU 41. Boston College, though, lost three yards before punting the ball back to Florida State.

Late in the quarter, Ponder and Beau Reliford hooked up on a 10-yard touchdown off play-action to cap a 96-yard drive and extend the lead to 14-6.

The Seminoles have won five games in a row for the first time since opening the 2005 season 5-0...Florida State has won six straight at home...The Eagles were 3-for-15 on third down...Jermaine Thomas rushed for 44 yards on five carries for the Seminoles...Florida State finished with just 311 yards of offense, while Boston College had only 266.

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Boston College At No. 16 Florida State: 'I'll Taste It First' At The Buffet

Sean Keeley's weekly College Football Buffet for Week 7 is up at SB Nation, and Boston College-No. 16 Florida State has earned "I'll Taste It First Status" (hey, it's better than "Smells Kinda Funny"): 

Boston College at No. 17 Florida State (ESPN, 12 p.m.) - BC had high hopes when the season started but is now wondering if they'll be home for the holidays. Florida State is coming off a huge win but the Eagles always seem to bring their A game against them.    

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Eagles Notebook: Chase Rettig Expected To Start Saturday

It looks like Boston College will be getting its true freshman gunslinger back.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Chase Rettig is on track to be Boston College's starting quarterback on Saturday when the Eagles take on No. 16 Florida State in Tallahassee (12 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The report said that Rettig said on Wednesday that he is ready to play after taking the necessary snaps at practice on Tuesday.

More importantly, Rettig says his ankle is feeling good.

Rettig made his debut earlier this season after being named the starter against Notre Dame in Week 3. After completing 5 of 10 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, Rettig sprained his left ankle and would not return.

He was listed day-to-day with the injury and was held out of last Saturday's game against North Carolina State.
Former starter Dave Shinskie started in Rettig's place, finishing the day 8 for 25 with 91 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in the Eagles' 44-17 loss.

While Rettig hasn't officially been named the starter, it's safe to assume that, if fully healthy, he will be under center come Saturday.

Yet if Rettig is held out again, the Eagles are faced with limited options.

Shinskie has been ruled out of Saturday's game with a concussion and fellow sophomore quarterback Mike Marscovetra (34-of-58, 369 yards, 2 TD, 4 INT) has not impressed head coach Frank Spaziani enough to win the starting role.

In addition, Spaziani moved freshman quarterback Josh Bordner from the scout team to No. 3 on the depth chart.

Uncertainty at the quarterback position is a situation that has become all too familiar for Spaziani this season.

"Yeah, you put it mildly, it hasn't helped us," Spaziani said during his weekly teleconference when asked how having to juggle quarterbacks has affected the team. "You know, when you have an unsettled QB situation, everything is unsettled."

That being said, Spaziani is hopeful that Rettig will be on field come Saturday.

"It looks to be that Chase (Rettig) was able to practice (Tuesday)," Spaziani said. "Hopefully that will be where we are going forward. So he will be out there today; and we'll figure where we're going with backups after that, after the week."

Regardless of who the starting quarterback is, they will have some very talented wide outs to work with on game day.

"They certainly have potential," Spaziani said. "You know, they have the qualities we're looking for and hopefully they can build on it and go forward. But they're playing out of necessity."

Spaziani is of course talking about freshman receivers Jonathan Coleman and Bobby Swigert.

Swigert (14 catches, 232 yards, 2 TD) and Coleman (9 catches, 185 yards) got their careers off to fast starts and have proven to be very capable.

That realization comes as a welcome surprise for the Eagles, who were dealt a big blow before the season began when junior receiver Colin Larmond Jr. was sidelined for the season with a knee injury.

Larmond was slated to be the team's number one receiver and has amassed impressive career numbers in two seasons at Boston College (34 catches, 692 yards, 6 TD).

While there's no doubt that Larmond would have made the Eagles' better in 2010, Swigert and Coleman have been able to pick up the slack.

As far as Boston College's running attack is concerned, the Eagles have had a down year. Part of that can be attributed to the inconsistency at quarterback.

"It is a combination of things," Spaziani said about his team's rushing struggles. "You know, it certainly starts at the quarterback position."

When a team like Boston College has such a talented running back in junior Montel Harris an unproductive quarterback, the opposition simply stacks up the run defense.

Another major factor in the running game is the play of the offensive line, which has been mediocre at best this season.

"We had a big change in the offensive line," said Spaziani. "We lost the NFL center. We took our guard and made him a center and we replaced him. So we had two key components."

All things considered, Spaziani isn't putting all the blame in once place.

"I'm not making any excuses," he said. "I'm just giving you the facts. We have had guys in and out injury-wise. They miss practice and it just seems like every day you are playing with a different guy next to you. So it is a combination of things, none of which just is all the offensive line."

In the end, Spaziani knows that, regardless of the many issues plaguing the Eagles, his team has to be prepared for a date with the Seminoles.

"Well, we've got an interdivisional game against a very good Florida State football team that has been putting it all together here," Spaziani said. "So we've got our work cut out for us."

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Boston College At No. 16 Florida State: Eagles Head To Tallahassee Looking To End Three-Game Losing Streak

GAME NOTES: The struggling Boston College Eagles are this week's opponent for the surging 16th-ranked Florida State Seminoles, as the ACC opponents will collide in Tallahassee.

Boston College opened the season with back-to-back wins over weak non- conference opponents, but the team has suffered three consecutive double-digit losses since that point. Last weekend, the Eagles were simply no match for North Carolina State, falling by a 44-17 final in that tilt.

As for Florida State, it is undoubtedly still flying high after crushing Miami-Florida on the road by a 45-17 final last weekend. The Seminoles are 5-1 overall and have posted four consecutive victories since the lone loss to Oklahoma.

"We wanted to stay aggressive on offense and defense and that's the mentality that we maintained all game long," said Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher after the Miami win.

The all-time series between Florida State and Boston College is tied at 4-4, and last season's matchup between these squads was won by the Eagles, 28-21.

Boston College registered only 12 first downs against NC State en route to 272 yards of total offense. Just 99 rushing yards were posted on 29 attempts at a clip of 3.4 yards per carry. As for the passing game, both Dave Shinskie and Mike Marscovetra saw time under center, and neither was particularly impressive. Shinskie struggled mightily, completing just 7-of-24 attempts for 89 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. Alex Amidon paced the receivers with 102 yards on just three catches.

"I think anytime something negative happens it affects you in a certain way," said Boston College coach Frank Spaziani when asked to comment on Shinskie's confidence. "We're human beings."

The Eagles certainly have room for improvement on the defensive side of the ball, but while they did allow 44 points to NC State last week, the defense didn't play nearly as poorly as that output indicates. Boston College only yielded 2.7 yards per rushing attempt and 8.5 yards per pass completion. NC State ran 84 offensive plays, a high total.

Through five outings, Boston College is only generating 18.8 ppg and 301.6 total ypg. The ground attack has been nonexistent, generating a mere 89.8 ypg at a clip of 2.9 yards per attempt. The Eagles are making good on just 28 percent of their third down conversion attempts, and the instability at the quarterback position has been the root of many offensive problems.

Opponents are posting 25.4 ppg against the Eagles, who are allowing 333.2 total ypg. The fact that only 2.6 yards per rushing attempt and 9.5 yards per pass completion have been notched against Boston College suggests that the defense has done all it can do to keep things close and offset the turnovers and shaky play of Shinskie and the offense.

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder only attempted 21 passes against Miami, completing 12 for 173 yards and two touchdowns. It was the Seminole ground attack that carried the offense on that night, as Fisher's team rushed for 298 yards and four touchdowns at a clip of 7.3 yards per carry. Chris Thompson led the charge with 158 yards and a score on 14 carries, while Jermaine Thomas ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Florida State played well against the pass in the win over Miami, holding the 'Canes to 20-of-49 efficiency through the air. The run defense struggled at times, but the most important stat of all was 17, the number of points that FSU surrendered in the road rivalry game.

The Seminoles are racking up 36.7 ppg this season while posting 439.5 total ypg. They have been able to achieve tremendous balance with 223.5 ypg on the ground and 216.0 ypg through the air. There have been 27 touchdowns registered by the offense, 15 of which have come on the ground. Ponder has completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,017 yards and 10 scores with four interceptions, and he relies on many receivers to get the job done.

While the offense garners most of the headlines, as is the case with many good teams, it is the FSU defense that deserves top praise for its performance to date. The Seminoles are only allowing 15.7 ppg and 315.2 total ypg, and they have been particularly tough against the run, limiting foes to 93.8 ypg at a clip of 2.6 yards per carry. Kendall Smith leads FSU with 37 total tackles, while Brandon Jenkins recorded five sacks in the tilt.

There is no doubt that FSU is a better team than Boston College and will win this weekend's game easily. The Eagles are inept offensively and will be fortunate to reach double figures in points on Saturday.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida State 35, Boston College 9

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