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Chase Rettig has had his fair share of tests in his first season under center at Boston College. But he never expected that Duke would be one of them,.
With the Eagles leading 7-6 at halftime, Rettig had completed only 5-of-12 passes for 97 yards and zero touchdowns.
However, Rettig flipped the switch in the second half, finishing the day having completed 12-of-24 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns as Boston College defeated Duke 21-16 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC.
The Blue Devils (3-7) had a prime opportunity to take the lead with 0:55 left in the game the Boston College two, but the Eagles defense stepped up to the call, stopping Duke on third down and fourth down.
Duke took an early 3-0 lead with 9:39 remaining in the first quarter on Will Snyderwine's 29-yard field goal.
Facing an unexpected deficit, Boston College (5-5) responded with a solid drive capped off by a 15-yard touuchdown scamper from junior tailback Montel Harris (24 carries, 105 yards, 1 TD, 2 fumbles lost).
Snyderwine' added a 40-yard field goal with 0:45 left in the first half to cut the Eagles' lead to 7-6 entering halftime.
Then, Rettig put the team on his back, tossing two third-quarter touchdowns to set Boston College up with a comfortable 21-9 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Rettig's first score came on a 38-yard pass down the middle to freshman receiver Bobby Swigert (5 catches, 92 yards) with 12:10 to play in the third.
Th Eagles' next touchdown came on Rettig's three yard pass to the left to senior wideout Ifeanyi Momah (3 catches, 58 yards), giving Boston College the 21-6 advantage with 7:15 remaining.
Snyderwine kicked his third field goal of the day with 2:28 left in the third, this time splitting the uprights from 33-yards out to trim the Boston College lead to 21-9.
Holding a comfortable lead with 15:00 minutes to play, the Eagles were content to work the clock and hand off to Harris.
Unfortunately, Harris fumbled after a three-yard run, and August Campbell returned the ball 95 yards for the touchdown with 12:35 to play in the fourth, cutting the deficit to single digits at 21-16.
While Duke made the game interesting at the very end, Rettig and the Eagles were able to hold on for the victory.
Boston College amassed 361 total yards (227 passing, 134 rushing) while Duke managed 338 total yards (319 passing, 19 rushing).
Sean Renfree completed 32-of-47 passes for 288 yards for the Blue Devils, who's two-game winning streak was halted with the loss.
In the game, kicker Nate Freese was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra point attempts.Snyderwine made his only extra point attempt in the game.
After notching their fifth win, the Eagles need only one more win in their final two games to become bowl eligible. Considering their 2-5 start, it's a rather impressive feat that they have an opportunity to go to their 12th consecutive bowl.
Boston College hosts ACC foe Virginia next Saturday in its final home game of the 2010 season and will look to win its fourth straight game on Senior Day.
Montel Harris rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in the first half and Boston College took a 7-6 advantage into halftime.
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Harris answered with a 15-yard touchdown run with 7:35 left in the second quarter (Nate Freese PAT good), giving Boston College its first lead of the day, 7-3.
Eagles true freshman quarterback Chase Rettig has completed 5-of-12 passes for 97 yards. For Duke, quarterback Sean Renfree has completed 15-of-22 passes for 149 yards.
Week 11 in the Atlantic Coast Conference is highlighted by Virginia Tech looking to improve to 6-0 and keep their perfect conference mark in tact when they travel to North Carolina and Florida State hosting Clemson in a key Atlantic Division battle.
The full ACC Week 11 football schedule is as follows:
- 12 p.m. - Boston College @ Duke (ESPN3.com/XM 191/SIRIUS 213)
- 12 p.m. - Miami @ Georgia Tech (ACC Network/XM 190/SIRIUS 212)
- 2:00 p.m. - Wake Forest @ NC State (ESPN3.com/XM 192/SIRIUS 214) (In North and South Carolina, available on Time Warner Cable Digital Channel 520)
- 3:30 p.m. - Maryland @ Virginia (ESPN3.com/XM 191/SIRIUS 213)
- 3:30 p.m. - Virginia Tech @ North Carolina (ABC/XM 190/193/SIRIUS 212)
- 8:00 p.m. - Clemson @ Florida State (ABC/XM 190/SIRIUS 212)
The Duke Blue Devils host the Boston College Eagles Saturday afternoon looking for a third straight win, which would be their longest win streak of the season, and match their best stretch from a season ago.
After defeating Elon of the FCS in Week 1, Duke dropped six straight, including four Atlantic Coast Conference games. The Blue Devils righted the ship two weeks ago, edging Navy, 34-31. Duke returned to conference play last week and pulled off the upset against Virginia, outlasting the Cavaliers in a high-scoring game, 55-48, getting the winning score on Desmond Scott's 35-yard touchdown with just 40 seconds left.
Now, the Blue Devils welcome the Eagles to Durham, with both teams riding two-game win streaks and still clinging to slim hopes of six total wins and a bowl invitation.
On Saturday, Boston College will go for its third straight win, its longest such streak of the season, when the Eagles travel to North Carolina to take on the Duke Blue Devils in an battle between two of the ACC's lower-ranked teams.
The Eagles (4-5, 2-4 in the ACC) are hoping to win at least two of their final three games of the season to qualify for a bowl. Duke (3-6, 1-4) needs to win out to reach the six-win plateau. The Blue Devils are 2-3 at home this season, while B.C. is just 1-2 on the road in 2010.
Boston College leads the all-time series, 3-1.
Coach Frank Spaziani's second season at Boston College has not gone as smoothly as his first year, as the Eagles have just four wins on the year. However, two of those victories have come in the team's last three matchups, and that includes a 23-13 decision over Wake Forest this past weekend. It was the first road win on the year for the Eagles, and the team's second victory in league action.
The Blue Devils opened the season with a victory over Elon, but that was followed by six consecutive setbacks, four of which came by a double-figure margin. However, coach David Cutcliffe's team could have packed up the season, but instead his troops have reeled off two consecutive wins, defeating Navy (34-31) and most recently Virginia (55-48).
Boston College owns a 3-1 edge over Duke in the all-time series, but this will be the first meeting between the two schools in Durham. The last time these two teams collided the Eagles grabbed a 28-7 victory over the Blue Devils.
Not much has worked for the Eagles offensively this season, which would explain why the team comes into this matchup averaging just 19.2 ppg. The ground game has been a strength, but opponents stack the box because the passing game isn't very good.
Chase Rettig has been unable to pick up the Eagles' offense since taking over for Dave Shinskie, who has been dealing with a concussion. Shinskie is questionable for this matchup, but if he is unable to go Rettig will be back under center where he has thrown just three touchdowns against five interceptions. If there was one player coach Spaziani can rely on it is running back Montel Harris, who is leading the team with 1,020 yards and six touchdowns.
The last time BC was on the field, the team hitched its wagon to Harris and cruised to a victory over Wake Forest. The tailback scored all three touchdowns for the Eagles and finished with 183 yards on 36 carries. Harris' performance softened the blow of Rettig's poor effort, as the quarterback finished with just 133 yards and was intercepted twice.
Boston College's inability to produce offensively, has wasted the solid effort put forth by the defense, which is limiting the opposition to just 22.0 ppg. The Eagles head into this game as one of the top defensive units in terms of stopping the run, and are currently limiting the competition to a meager 82.4 ypg on just 2.7 yards per attempt.
The secondary is surrendering 223.1 ypg through the air, be they have made up for its inconsistencies with an outstanding 17 interceptions. Forcing turnovers has been key for this unit, and along with the interceptions, the defense has also collected nine fumbles.
Four of the team's interceptions came in Boston College's victory over Wake Forest, as the defense overcame 218 yards and one touchdown through the air. One thing that remained the same was BC's effort against the run, as the Eagles held the Demon Deacons to just 69 yards on 2.2 yards per attempt.
The offense for Duke has erupted and over the team's last two contests, as this unit has totaled 89 points. In the team's recent victory over Virginia, the Blue Devils scored 55 points, and relied heavily on the ground game, which gashed the Cavaliers for 230 yards and six scores.
Desmond Scott led the way with 97 yards and one score, while Brandon Connette added 78 yards and two touchdowns. Also getting involved in the fun was quarterback Sean Renfree, who found the end zone twice. Renfree also overcame five sacks to finish the game with 219 yards passing and one touchdown.
Despite the sensational showing in the win over Virginia, the Blue Devils come into this weekend averaging a mediocre 132.8 rushing ypg. Through nine games, Scott is leading the team on the ground, but has just 489 yards, and as for Connette he has posted 281 yards and leads the squad with six rushing touchdowns. As for Renfree, he has been rather inconsistent under center, and even though he has thrown for 2,270 yards, he comes into this game with only 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Regardless of how much better the offense has performed, the defense for Duke continues to be a major problem, as the unit is allowing 38.9 ppg. Duke has been unable to stop the run or the pass, as teams have found the end zone 22 via the run, and 21 times through the air.
The fact that Duke was victorious against Virginia is a minor miracle considering the Cavs racked up 643 total yards. Duke, which is surrendering 199.8 ypg on the ground was gashed for 226 yards, but what was even worse was the 417-yard, four-touchdown performance Duke allowed Virginia to put forth in the matchup.
The Blue Devils have made an impressive turn around offensively, but it is likely that success won't last this weekend. Sure, Duke is home, but coach Cutcliffe's team is facing a very tough Boston College defense. Look for the Eagles to send the Blue Devils back to the loss column.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boston College 31, Duke 14
Saturday, Nov. 13, noon ET