Boston College 45, UMass 17: Chase Rettig, Eagles Pound Minutemen

Chase Rettig completed 14-of-22 passes for 196 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as the Boston College Eagles beat up the UMass Minutemen, 45-17, to claim their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

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Boston College Vs. UMass: Chase Rettig, Eagles Rout Minutemen, 45-17

CHESTNUT HILL - Chase Rettig completed 14-of-22 passes for 196 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as the Boston College Eagles beat up the UMass Minutemen, 45-17, to claim their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

"I think we were trying to get over the hump," said Rettig, whose team dropped its first three games of the 2011 season against Northwestern (24-17), Central Florida (30-3) and Duke (20-19) before winning Saturday. "It's important to every guy to win and I think we can build off it in practice. We will want to extend it. We are going to enjoy the win today and then go out there in practice and worry about next week."

Boston College (1-3, 0-1 ACC) racked up 389 total yards (196 passing, 193 rushing) while allowing 313 total yards of offense to UMass (195 passing, 118 rushing). BC controlled the time of possession, 36:23 to 23:28, and recorded 22 first downs while holding UMass to 19.

"We're obviously elated to get our first victory," said BC head coach Frank Spaziani. "[It took] four weeks, but we finally got it. Tribute to the kids and the coaches, they did a good job getting them ready, and the players did a good job compartmentalizing and doing what they need to do. We certainly had some nice opportunities and made some plays. Hopefully we can build on it and move forward."

On the first play from scrimmage, UMass quarterback Kellen Pagel threw an interception to Hampton Hughes, which set the Eagles up with favorable field position. BC used an 11-play, 47-yard drive, in which Andre Williams had eight rushes, to punch the ball into the endzone. Rettig found Lars Anderson for the first touchdown of the day, a one-yard toss on a play-action pass to the back right side of the endzone with 9:10 left in the opening quarter, capping off an 11-play, 47-yard drive. Nate Freese added a 26-yard field goal from the left hash with 2:25 remaining in the quarter, giving BC a 10-0 lead after one quarter.

Tahj Kimble tacked on the Eagles' second touchdown of the game, scoring on a three-yard scramble to put BC up 17-0 with 9:31 remaining in the second quarter. UMass (2-1, 1-0 CAA) jumped on the board on a 100-yard kickoff return from Jesse Julmiste with 9:18 to go before the half, cutting the Minutemen deficit to 10.

"I was waiting for that time," Julmiste said about the touchdown return. "Today was a good day for me to do that."

Rettig added his second touchdown of the game on a 36-yard pass to Colin Larmond Jr., giving the Eagles a 24-7 advantage, which they would take into halftime.

UMass scored first in the third quarter as Brendon Levengood kicked a 38-yard field goal to trim the BC lead to 24-10 at the 4:33 mark. Rettig threw his third and final score of the game with 1:36 left in the third, finding Larmond for a 37-yard score to put BC on top 31-10. Nick Clancy then recovered a Jonathan Hernandez fumble and returned it 19 yards for the score, giving the Eagles a 38-10 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Kevin Pierre Louis scored BC's only touchdown in the fourth quarter, returning a fumble 96 yards to put the Eagles up by a commanding score of 45-10. Jonathan Hernandez ran for UMass' only offensive touchdown on a six-yard rush up the middle, bringing the game to its final score of 45-17.

Larmond Jr. finished with 114 receiving yards and two scores on six catches while Andre Williams ran for 95 yards on 20 carries. Montel Harris, who missed the first three games of this season and the last five total, had 27 net yards on nine carries. Dave Shinskie took over for Rettig in the fourth quarter, but did not throw a pass.

On defense, Luke Kuechly recorded 11 tackles (10 assisted) to extend his streak of 10 or more tackles in a game to an FBS-leading 26 straight games. Steele Divitto also had eight total tackes (four assisted) for Boston College.

Pagel threw for 195 yards and tossed two interceptions on 18-of-37 passing and Hernandez rushed for 80 net yards and a touchdown on  22 carries and had five catches for 38 yards for the Minutemen. Julmiste racked up a school-record 252 kickoff return yards, including his 100-yard kickoff return.

"You can tell that BC played a lot better than they had the last couple of weeks," said UMass head coach Kevin Morris. "Congratulations to them. The score certainly wasn't indicative of the score of play. They were looking to figure some things out and get better with a win. They got that today."

BC resumes its ACC schedule next Saturday when it hosts Wake Forest in the last game of its season-long three game home stand. UMass travels to Norfolk, Virginia to face Old Dominion at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

NOTES

BC won its first game of the season 91-3) and improved to 19-5 all-time against UMass. The Eagles have now won the last seven meetings between the schools dating back to 1978...The Eagles scored a season-best 45 points in the victory, recording the most since a 52-20 home victory against N.C. State on Oct. 17, 2009...BC posted 24 first-half points, the most since the Eagles' first game of the 2010 season on Sept. 4 against Weber State.

For more BC Football coverage, visit our team page and blog, BC Interruption.

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Boston College Vs. UMass: Chase Rettig, Eagles Lead 38-10 After 3rd Quarter

CHESTNUT HILL - Chase Rettig has set a career high with three touchdown passes and has thrown for 196 yards as the Boston College Eagles lead the UMass Minutemen, 38-10, after three quarters.

BC led 24-7 entering the third quarter, and UMass opened the scoring with a 38-yard field goal from Brendon Levengood with 4:33 to go, cutting the deficit to 24-10. Rettig then threw his third touchdown of the game - a 37-yard TD to Colin Larmond Jr. - to put the Eagles up 31-10 with 1:36 left in the quarter. Later, Nick Clancy recovered a Jonathan Hernandez fumble and returned it 19 yards for the score, giving BC a 38-10 cushion with 1:17 left in the third.

Kellen Pagel has completed 11-of-25 passes for 133 yards and two interceptions for UMass. Hernandez has rushed for 56 yards on 19 carries and Jesse Julmiste has 214 kick return yards and a 100-yard touchdown.

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Boston College Vs. UMass: Eagles Lead Minutemen, 24-7, At Halftime

CHESTNUT HILL - Chase Rettig threw for 137 yards and two touchdowns as the Boston College Eagles carrited a 24-7 lead over the UMass Minutemen into halftime on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

BC scored the game's first 10 points, as Rettig found Lars Anderson in the back of the endzone for a one-yard touchdown pass with 9:10 to go in the first quarter and Nate Freese made a 26-yard field goal with 2:25 left in the quarter. Then, with 9:31 left in the second quarter, Tahj Kimble rushed into the endzone for a three-yard score to put the Eagles up 17-0.

UMass scored its only touchdown on a 100-yard kickoff return from Jesse Julmiste, the first touchdown return of his career, with 9:18 to go in the first half, cutting the Minutemen lead to 17-7.

Rettig connected with Colin Larmond Jr. for a 36-yard touchdown down the left sideline, putting BC up 24-7.

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Boston College. Vs. UMass: Eagles Start Fast, Lead 10-0 After 1st Quarter

CHESTNUT HILL - Chase Rettig and the Boston College Eagles got off to the fast start they had hoped for, putting up 10 unanswered points in the first 15 minutes as BC took a 10-0 lead over the UMass Minutemen after one quarter.

BC picked off UMass quarterback Kellen Pagel on the first play of the game, as Hampton Hughes grabbed the interception and set the Eagles up with prime field position. BC used Andre Williams to take the ball to the UMass one yard line. Williams had eight rushes on the drive. Rettig fooled the defense on a beautiful play action pass and found Lars Anderson in the back right corner of the endzone. The drive lasted 5:35 and saw BC go 47 yards on 11 plays.

Nate Freese then hit a 26-yard field goal from the left has mark - where he missed a potential game-winning field goal one week before in a 20-19 loss to Duke - to put the Eagles up 10-0 with 2:25 left in the quarter.

For more BC Football coverage, visit our team page and blog, BC Interruption.

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Boston College Vs. UMass: Greetings From Alumni Stadium

CHESTNUT HILL - Who ever thought that a Week 4 match-up against UMass would be considered a must-win game for the Boston College Eagles? Seriously, who did? I certainly wasn't of that thinking just a few weeks ago, but here we are with an 0-3 BC team that has looked lifeless for most of the season, and they must beat an FCS team to get their first win and get their season back on track. Oh, how three weekends have altered the course of a season.

Of course, in the long run, beating UMass means very little for Boston College. In fact, a win against the Minutemen would do nothing but boost the confidence of a fledgling Eagles team, which at this point, isn't the worst outcome.

However, a win for BC over UMass doesn't help their bowl bid chances, as it does not count towards the necessary 6-win mark because UMass is an FCS team. That will all change next year, though.

For that exact reason, this is the biggest game of the year for UMass. Since they aren't eligible to take part in the FCS postseason because of their scheduled move to the FBS level and the MAC next year, they would like nothing more than to send a message that they are a serious force to be reckoned with by beating an FBS team, even if they are a down and out bunch like Boston College.

Either way you look at it, this game should be a good one, and should be well attended.

For more BC Football coverage, visit our team page and blog, BC Interruption.

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Boston College Vs. UMass: TV Schedule, Time, Location, History And More

Luke Kuechly and the Boston College Eagles host the UMass Minutemen in search of their first win on Saturday afternoon in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Event: Boston College Eagles vs. Massachusetts Minutemen - NCAA Football, Week 4.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Location: Alumni Stadium (Capacity: 44,500), Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Broadcast Info: Saturday's game between Boston College and UMass will be broadcast live online on ESPN3, with Dave Weekley on play-by-play duty and Rene Ingoglia providing analysis.

The game can also be heard on the WEEI Sports Radio Network, with Jon Meterparel providing play-by-play, Pete Cronan providing analysis and former BC quarterback Brian St. Pierre on the sidelines. The game can be heard on 680 AM WRKO.

Series History: Boston College leads the all-time series against UMass, 18-5. The Eagles have won their last six meetings against UMass dating back to 1978. BC bested UMass, 24-14, in their last meeting back in 2007 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill.

Last Week: Boston College lost to the Duke Blue Devils in heartbreaking fashion, falling 20-19 in its ACC opener after kicker Nate Freese missed an extra point in the second quarter and then missed a 23-yard field goal with less than one minute left, handing the Blue Devils the win. Chase Rettig threw for 247 yards and one touchdown in the loss and Andre Williams rushed for 56 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries.

As for UMass, it topped Rhode Island, 36-27, after trailing 21-16 entering the fourth quarter. Kellen Pagel threw for 249 yards and a touchdown while tossing two picks in the victory. Julian Talley recorded eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Storyline: There may not be a team more desperate for a win than Boston College. After losing its first three games, including a game against ACC foe Duke, the Eagles need a win to put their season back on track. Chase Rettig and Luke Kuechly look to lead the charge on offense and defense, respectively. Montel Harris, the star back for BC, may make his season debut for the Eagles, and that would go a long way towards giving the Eagles win No. 1 of 2011.

On the other sideline, UMass is also eager for a win. An FCS program that's making the jump to the FBS level next season would absolutely love to beat a current FBS team - even if they are down and out - to show that they are a serious opponent and a tough program. Expect for Kevin Morris and the Minutemen to put up a good fight.

Players To Watch: For UMass, keep an eye on Jonathan Hernandez - the standout senior running back who carved up Holy Cross and Rhode Island in the first two games of the season for UMass. Hernandez's bread-and-butter is the outside run, and once he breaks free, he can be dangerous.

Luke Kuechly will have the task of stopping Hernandez, a task that he is certainly up for. Kuechly has proven himself to be one of the best - if not the best - linebackers in the country, and stopping a back like Hernandez, who is good but is still an FCS-leve talent, should be relatively simple.

Prediction: There's no more time left for BC to falter. Fortunately, they are facing a team that is a level lower than they are. This time around, expect the Eagles to claim victory, albeit a close one. Final Score: BC 28, UMass 21.

For more BC Football coverage, visit our team page and blog, BC Interruption.

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Boston College Vs. UMass: Eagles Host Minutemen In Search Of First Win

Desperate for a victory, Chase Rettig and the Boston College Eagles play host to their in-state counterparts, the Massachusetts Minutemen, in their Week 4 match-up on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill.

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