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Here is the transcript for Boston College Eagles' head coach Frank Spaziani and his postgame press conference following BC's 38-7 loss to the Florida State. Seminoles on Thursday night.
OPENING STATEMENT: "First of all, congratulations to Jimbo [Fisher], Florida State. They have a very nice football team there. Well coached, good athletes. We got licked. So, any questions?
Q: The first half when you couldn't get anything going offensively, you put [Josh] Bordner in there. What was the reason for doing that? Was that to get a spark going?
SPAZIANI: "Well, yeah, we obviously were having trouble blocking them, having trouble protecting. [We] couldn't make a first down, couldn't get out of our own way for a little bit over there. Because of our situation with the backs and we had put a couple things in for Josh - he'd been practicing better for the last couple of weeks. Why not? We got a little spark and got something going."
Q: Going forward will you play both Josh [Bordner] and Chase [Rettig]?
SPAZIANI: "Well, you know, there's certain situations where it could be done. Once again, it was necessities - the mother of invention. We needed to have something else in there because of our situation with our personell. We had hoped to play Josh a little bit. I don't foresee two offenses, but we certainly have a weapon in [him]."
Q: What was the level of disappointment like with the players, obviously with the bowl game off the table now. How disappointed did they seem and how disappointed are you?
SPAZIANI: "Well, we're disappointed that we lost. We had a lot of goals that disappeared a little bit this year. I think we're at the stage where we're not discouraged - we're disappointed. We know exactly who we are and where we have to go. That's a good football team out there, that's a real good football team. We'll move forward from this and build on it. There's a lot of football to play. The season's not over - we've got Senior Day coming up, we've got a lot of games."
Q: Just talk about the turnovers They just seemed to be in the wrong places.
SPAZIANI: "They're never in the right places. Certainly the first one was on the seven yard line, or whatever it was. You know, when you're playing a team like that of that caliber, we said it going in and we knew it, we have to play error free football, darn near perfect, and we can't afford to have those things and overcome them. Once again, that's a good football team like that. The second one down on the goal line, it's a product of a new play and the execution. You can't just put stuff in and expect to execute it."
Q: Taking into account the team they are and the turnover, defense early seemed to dictate, they swarmed very well and seemed to be almost setting a tone for the game until that happened.
SPAZIANI: "Well, once again, I haven't looked at the tape obviously but just looking at the defense, the defense - they had their eyes opened a little bit what a real caliber, speed, athletic football team can be with all the weapons and well coached. They got a lot of different things, and they know what to do. Our guys looked quicker out there, looked like they made some plays at times, and [some] times they didn't. One of the passes that was crucial on two of those scores, we just couldn't handle and there's a number of reasons for that. We've been able to handle it in the past and just couldn't handle it. There were some positives on defense, certainly, and I think they competed in the second half. There's a lot of good things going on out there, but 38-7 was not good.
Q: Was one of [the good thing] stopping them on 4th and 1 on the five?
SPAZIANI: "Absolutely. I don't know what the score was at the time. I think a lesser group might not have done that. Looking out there correctly, they had their best guys in there, it wasn't like anyone was taking it easy. Both teams were competing and those are things, like I said, we're very disappointed, but you can't be discouraged. There's a lot of stuff going on out there."
Q: Obviously you don't coach for the fans, but after this loss, what is your message to BC fans?
SPAZIANI: "My message would be the same as it would be in the beginning of the year. I mean, our guys are playing hard. Our guys are working hard. They're doing what this university professes, 'Ever To Excel,' and we're trying to do it the right way. The success isn't as obvious in wins and losses as eveybody would want. But it will come, and the sooner the better."
CHESTNUT HILL - E.J. Manuel threw for 180 yards and one touchdown on 12-of-16 passing as the Florida St. Seminoles crushed the Boston College Eagles, 38-7, in a nationally televised affair in front of nearly 40,000 fans on Thursday night at Alumni Stadium.
"We are disappointed that we lost," said Eagles head coach Frank Spaziani. "We're not discouraged. We're disappointed. We know exactly who we are and where we have to go. We'll move forward from this and build on it. There's a lot of football left to play."
Boston College fell to 2-7 (1-5 in the ACC) and had its hopes of a 13th consecutive bowl berth dashed in the process, as the best the Eagles can finish this season is 5-7 overall. FSU (6-3, 4-2 ACC) notched its sixth win, making it bowl eligible, and out-gained BC by 100 yards, racking up 307 total yards (180 passing, 127 rushing) while holding the Eagles to 207 yards (113 passing, 94 rushing).
FSU scored 28 unanswered points to open the game and took that lead into halftime. Manuel tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Bert Reed with 9:07 left in the opening quarter, putting the Seminoles up 7-0. Devonta Freeman (12 carries, 62 yards, 2 TDs) rushed for the Noles' second touchdown, a 12-yard scamper, to put FSU up by two scores with 13:09 to play in the second quarter. Manuel rushed into the endzone for the third FSU score with 10:24 to play before halftime and Freeman rushed for his second touchdown, this time from three yards out, with 4:51 left before halftime.
BC had a pair of costly turnovers in the opening half that ended up burning them early.
"When you are playing a team like that, that caliber, we have to play error free football," Spaziani said. "We have to be darn near perfect. We can't afford to have those things and overcome them against a good football team like that. They hurt."
The Eagles opened up the second half with their first and only touchdown of the game, as sophomore quarterback Chase Rettig (11-for-18, 76 yards, TD, INT) found Bobby Swigert (three catches, 61 yards) for a 12-yard score with 9:56 left in the third quarter.
But that was the only offense the Eagles could muster, as FSU tacked on a 47-yard field goal from Dustin Hokpins with 4:43 left in the third and scored its final touchdown on a one-yard run from Lonnie Pryor with 10:16 left in the fourth quarter.
"It's frustrating," said Eagles junior linebacker Luke Kuechly, who had 20 tackles and extended his streak of games with 10 or more tackles to an FBS-leading 31 games. "We had a good game plan going in. We knew what they were going to do, even when they were running and having success with that. We were inconsistent. We came out in the first series and played well and then at points in the second half. But we couldn't put it all together. It needs to be consistent every series."
Boston College hosts N.C. State next Saturday in its final home game of the season.
Thursday night’s NCAA football game between the Florida State Seminoles and Boston College Eagles, which took place at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass., has come to a close.
So too, has the open wound known as the Eagles’ defense.
Boston College was hemorrhaging yards tonight, giving up 21 points in the second quarter en route to a 38-7 loss at home. The Eagles lone score came on Chase Rettig’s pass to Bobby Swigert in the third quarter.
Ironically, BC actually outscored the visiting team 7-3 in the third frame, but it was too little, too late. Devonta Freeman rushed for 57 yards and notched two touchdowns in a game that saw the Eagles fail to capitalize or make big plays when they needed to.
Florida state improves to 6-3 with the victory while the Eagles fall to 2-7 in defeat.
CHESTNUT HILL - Boston College opened the second half with a touchdown after Florida State fumbled on the opening drive of the third quarter, but it was far too little and far too late for the Eagles, who fell behind by 28 in the first half. At the end of three quarters, the Eagles trail the Seminoles, 31-7, at Alumni Stadium.
BC's touchdown came on a 12-yard pass from Chase Rettig to Bobby Swigert with 9:56 left in the second half. The score capped off a six-play, 26-yard drive spanning 3:07. However, without much surprise, Florida State responded with a field goal late in the quarter - a 47-yard strike from Dustin Hopkins - with 4:43 left in the quarter, putting the Seminoles up 31-7.
At the start of the fourth quarter, FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel has thrown for 151 yards and a score while BC quarterbacks Chase Rettig (70 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) and Josh Bordner (37 passing yards 41 rushing yards) have split time under center.
Florida State galloped into Alumni Stadium tonight (Nov. 3, 2011) in Chestnut Hill, Mass., to take on Boston College.
Folks, this one is starting to get ugly.
The Seminoles have opened up a commanding 28-0 lead over the Eagles at halftime, who have yet to show up after 30 minutes of play.
Things started to fall apart for BC in the second quarter when they surrendered 21 points. Devonta Freeman scurried into the end zone on the opening drive to make it 14-zip and then again with time running out in the first half.
Freeman’s rushing TD’s were sandwiched around Manuel’s own one yard run-in after he snuck one in following a 58-yard pass to Nick O’Leary.
Boston College needs a miracle to turn this thing around. Not only do they have to get some points on the board, they have to figure out a way to shut down the Seminoles’ offense.
The first half proved they could do neither.
Both teams went three and out on their opening drives, but Boston College fumbled away the ball inside their own ten yard line, leading to an early Florida State touchdown, and the Seminoles held onto the 7-0 lead through the end of the first quarter at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA.
E.J. Manuel (3-of-4 passing, 36 yards) found Bert Reed for an eight yard touchdown, capping off a two-play, two-yard drive that spanned just over one minute to put the Seminoles up early with 9:07 left in the opening quarter.
BC had some success on defense in the first quarter, with Steele DiVitto and Manny Asprilla recording sacks on Manuel. However, the Eagles couldn't convert once they got the ball back, but in reality, it could have been a lot worse for BC.
Chase Rettig had three completions for eight yards in the first quarter. Rolandan Finch had four rushing yards on seven carries and the Eagles' posted -11 rushing yards in the quarter against the No. 1 rush defense in the ACC.
Luke Kuechly and the Boston College Eagles host the Florida St, Seminoles in a prime time match-up under the lights on Thursday night at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Event: Florida State Seminoles (5-3, 3-2 ACC) vs. Boston College Eagles (2-6, 1-4 ACC).
Date/Time: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:00 p.m. EDT.
Location: Alumni Stadium (Capacity: 44,500), Chestnut Hill, MA.
Odds: Florida State is the favorite. A big favorite. The Seminoles are favored to win by 16 points and the over/under for the game is set at 44.
Broadcast Information: Thursday night's game between the Eagles and Seminoles will be broadcast on national television on ESPN, with Rece Davis providing play-by-play, Craig James and Jesse Palmer providing color commentary and Jenn Brown reporting from the sidelines.
The game can also be heard on the WEEI Sports Radio Network (93.7 FM/850 AM), with Jon Meterparel on play-by-play duty, Pete Cronan providing color commentary and Bran St. Pierre reporting from the sidelines.
Series History: Boston College trails the all-time series against Florida State, 4-5, with Thursday's game marking the 10th meeting between the two schools. BC hasn't beaten Florida St. since 2009 and the Seminoles topped the Eagles, 24-19, in a closely contested game at Doak Campbell Stadium last season. FSU is 3-3 against BC since the Eagles joined the ACC.
Last Time Out: Boston College enjoyed its first FBS victory of the season last Saturday, posting a 28-17 win over the Maryland Terrapins. BC was led by a dominant performance from sophomore running back Rolandan Finch, who rushed for 243 yards and two scores. Chase Rettig, the Eagles' quarterback, threw for only 32 yards.
Florida State also had a big win last weekend, blanking fellow ACC rival N.C. State, 34-0. Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Jermaine Thomas rushed for 48 yards on 11 carries and Greg Dent had three catches for 70 yards and a score in the Seminoles' victory.
Storyline: At the start of the season, this appeared to be a big game. Florida State, then the favorites to win the ACC and even compete for the national championship title, was expected to be on its way to a BCS bowl while Boston College, which opened up with expectations of winning the Orange Bowl per head coach Frank Spaziani, was expected to be at least competitive. My, oh my, how times changes things.
FSU is still good, but not BCS title contending good. The Seminoles are 5-3 (3-2 ACC) and are third in the ACC Atlantic Division. Boston College, well, hasn't been so fortunate. It took the Eagles far too long to notch their first FBS win - a 28-17 win over Maryland last Saturday - to bring their record to 2-6 (1-4 ACC).
However, this game is still important. Florida State needs this win to keep themselves in the discussion for the ACC Championship Game while the Eagles simply need a win to keep their bowl berth hopes alive.
Eagles In The Rankings: Boston College is not ranked in any national polls (shocking, I know), and really don't have anything going for them in the statistics category. BC ranks 107th in the nation in points for, averaging 19.9 points per contest, but does rank 52nd in points allowed (25.1 PPG). However, BC is 101st in the nation in passing yards (176.4 YPG) and 73rd in rushing yards per game (146.5 YPG), but that stat is mostly due to Finch's big game in Maryland.
Seminoles In The Ranking: Florida State is not currently ranked in any national poll but did receive 11 points in the last ESPN/USA Today poll. The Seminoles' strongest area is their rush defense, which ranks first in the ACC in rushing defense, allowing a mere 77 yards per game (a problem for a BC team that usually relies on its rushing attack). FSU is ranked 12th nationally in total passing yards per game (306.4) and 12th in points allowed with 16.9. In addition, the Seminoles rank 89th in team rushing yards (126.4 YPG) and 25th in points for (35.6 PPG).
Players To Watch: For BC, keep your eyes on junior linebacker Luke Kuechly (if you can even keep up). Kuechly leads the nation in solo tackles (68) and total tackles 130) and leads the FBS with a streak of 29 straight games with 10 or more tackles. Kuechly will keep that streak alive and by all means should be a factor in the game, one way or another.
Also, keep your eyes on Chase Rettig, the Eagles' sophomore quarterback who threw for just 32 yards and tossed one pick in the win over Maryland. Clearly, BC can win without him, but it would make things much tougher if he is unable to get his game going once again.
Finally, the Eagles' rushing attack will be key to their success on Thursday night. Rolandan Finch had a tremendous game against Maryland, rushing for 243 yards and two scores in the Eagles' win. With Montel Harris out for the season, the Eagles will look to the trio of Finch, Andre Williams and Tahj Kimble to lead them on the ground.
Florida State looks to their very talented quarterback, E.J. Manuel. In the Seminoles' 34-0 win over N.C. State, Manuel threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns. Manuel now has thrown for 1,776 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. Devonta Freeman is the Seminoles' leading rusher with 305 rushing yards and four scores on 58 carries. In the receiving game, the Seminoles have two solid options in Rodney Smith (27 catches, 468 yards, 3 TDs) and Rashad Greene (26 catches, 457 yards, 6 TDs).
Prediction: Boston College definitely needs this win way more than Florida State does, and you should see a level of desperation in BC's play. However, Florida State is still dominant and should take care of business. Final Score: Florida State 34, Boston College 21.
Boston College is coming off its first FBS win of the season, beating Maryland on the road. Don't expect the winning to continue on Thursday when the Eagles host ACC rival Florida St. at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN. The odds are not in BC's favor, so to speak.
According to OddsShark.com, the spread opened with the Seminoles as 16-point favorites. Florida State has been largely disappointing this season after entering the year with national title aspirations ... but still: Boston College is one of the worst teams in Division I-A. The over under for the game is set at 44 points.
BC enters the game at 2-6 (1-4 ACC), last in the ACC's Atlantic Division. After starting the season 2-3, Florida State has regained form, winning its last three games by wide margins. True, those games were against Duke, Maryland and NC State, three of the worst teams in the ACC. Then again, what do you think BC is?
For more on the Eagles, check out our excellent Boston College blog BC Interruption.
Boston College (2-6, 1-4 ACC) hosts Florida State (5-3, 3-2 ACC) in a nationally televised match-up at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday night at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA.
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