CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 03: Brian Peters #10 of the Northwestern Wildcats sacks Chase Rettig #11 of the Boston College Eagles on September 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.The Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Boston College Eagles 24-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Northwestern 24, Boston College 17: Chase Rettig, Eagles Fall Short

Chase Rettig threw for 375 yards and Andre Williams rushed for 114 yards and two TDs, but the Boston College Eagles fell to the Northwestern Wildcats, 24-17, in the season opener on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

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Boston College Vs. Northwestern: Ifeanyi Momah, Eagles Ready To Move On

CHESTNUT HILL - Ifeanyi Momah and the Boston College Eagles were dealt a setback before they could even gain their footing in the new college football season, losing to the Northwestern Wildcats, 24-17, in the season opener on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

Momah had a monster game in the loss, racking up 157 receiving yards on eight catches, but is still confident that he and the Eagles can and will rebound.

"Honestly, even though the game just ended, we always have our heads up," Momah said after Saturday's game. "We are ready for the next week and for the next challenge. We're disappointed that we lost this game but it's not the end of the world. The season goes on and [we] are going to be a really good team at the end of the year, so we are going to start pushing, starting tomorrow at practice."

It's only been one game, but Momah looked comfortable with Eagles sophomore quarterback Chase Rettig, who threw for 375 yards on 22-of-44 passing, and confirmed that he and Rettig are on the same page.

"I think all our receivers are on the same page with Chase," said Momah. "He's done a really good job this offseason learning plays, his checks and everything as a quarterback. The receivers are just working hard to make it easier for him. Colin Larmond, Bobby Swigert, they all make good catches out there, working hard to make things as easy as possible for Chase and I think that he did a really good job today."

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Northwestern 24, Boston College 17: Rettig, Eagles Fall Short In Opener

CHESTNUT HILL - On paper, Boston College played a relatively sound game. Chase Rettig (24-for-44) threw for 375 yards and Andre Williams rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.

Unfortunately, the games aren't played on paper, and when it mattered most, the Eagles offense and defense couldn't come up with the necessary big plays, losing to Northwestern, 24-17, in their season opener on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

"They came in there, and they did what they had to do. They scored more points than we did," said Boston College third-year head coach Frank Spaziani. "I think in general, we couldn't run the ball the way we need to run the ball, and they had too many yards on the ground, [and] played defense. We made too many mistakes."

Northwestern (1-0) racked up 227 net rushing yards to BC's 104, marking the first time since October of 2009 that the Eagles' defense has allowed over 200 yards on the ground, which has been an area of specialty for the team in recent years. BC out-passed Northwestern, 375-197, and outgained the Wildcats, 479-424, in total yards.

"[Our] kids fought hard and played until the end, no doubt about it, but we need to play smarter and we need to play with more efficiency," Spaziani said."

BC (0-1) drew first blood on a 19-yard chip-shot field goal from kicker Nate Freese with 12:49 to go in the opening quarter. The field goal capped off a five-play, 71-yard drive that spanned 2:11. Williams had the big play of the drive, bursting free for a 69-yard scamper down the left sideline on the very first play of the game.

Jeff Budzien knotted the score for Northwestern with his 43-yard field goal at the 7:01 mark in the first quarter, closing out a nine-play, 50 yard drive that lasted just over three minutes with three points.

Williams scored the first touchdown of the game, and the first of his career, on a six-yard outside run with 8:03 to go in the first half, putting BC up 10-7. The score was Williams' 105th career carry and put him over the century mark in rushing.

Kain Colter (17-for-24, 197 yards; 23 carries, 71 rushing yards, TD) led his troops down the field on a 10-play, 80-yard drive that lasted 3:07 and capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run, tying the game at 10-10 with 38 seconds left in the half.

Northwestern carried its momentum into the third quarter, punching the ball into the end zone on another 10-play, 80-yard drive spanning three minutes, finalized by a five-yard TD run by running back Mike Trumpy (15 carries, 85 yards, TD).

Adonis Smith hammered the nail in the coffin on a one-yard touchdown run with 9:24 to go, putting Northwestern on top 24-10, causing many of the 37,561 fans at Alumni Stadium to vacate the premises.

Rettig and company mounted a late rally, charging 80 yards down the field on 10 plays in 3:24 for a touchdown, a one-yard run for Williams, and stopped the Wildcats with nearly 1:40 left in the game.

With the ball and a chance to tie, the Eagles started out at their own 36 yardline, but Rettig put together a healthy eight-play, 40 yard drive to bring BC to the Wildcats' 19 yardline.

A false start with less than 15 seconds to go cost the Eagles dearly, as not only did they have to move back five yards, but 10 seconds ticked off the clock, leaving BC with one last chance to tie the score.

Rettig took the snap and rolled right, but the sophomore gunslinger waited two long to throw the ball and was taken down by Vince Brown at the Northwestern 24.

Ifeanyi Momah led the Eagles' receivers with 157 yards on eight catches. Colin Larmond Jr. had 84 yards on four catches in his return to action and Bobby Swigert caught five balls for 68 yards.

Luke Kuechly starred for BC on defense (per usual), recording 18 tackles (9 solo) and interception a Colter pass in the second quarter that led to Williams' first touchdown run. With his big day, Kuechly extended his stream of 10 or more tackles in a game to an FBS-leading 23 straight games. Kevin Pierre-Louis had 16 tackles (7 solo) for BC.

Jeremy Ebert recorded four catches for a team-leading 54 yards. Jordan Mabin and David Nwabuisi each recorded eight tackles to lead the way for the Wildcats defense.

Boston College now shifts its focus to the UCF Knights, who they face in Week 2 in Florida.

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Boston College Vs. Northwestern: Eagles, Wildcats Tied, 10-10, At Half

CHESTNUT HILL - Andre Williams set the tone with a 69-yard game-opening rush to set Boston College up with a field goal and has rushed for 103 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries as Boston College enters halftime tied with the Northwestern Wildcats, 10-10, at Alumni Stadium.

Nate Freese connected on a 19-yard field goal with 12:49 left in the first to cap off a five-play, 71-yard drive for the Eagles and give them a 3-0 lead.

Northwestern answered with a field goal of its own near the midway point of the quarter, as Jeff Budzien made a 43-yard field goal with 7:01 left in the quarter, tying the game at 3-3. The field goal capped off an eight-play, 50-yard drive lasting over three minutes.

Williams scored on a six-yard run with 8:03 left in the second half to put the Eagles up, 10-3. The touchdown was the first of Williams' career and his 105th career carry, and at the time, put him at 100 yards for the game.

Luke Kuechly came up big with his fifth career interception, which he returned 23 yards to put BC inside the Northwestern five yard line and set up Williams' touchdown. Kuechly recorded 10 tackles in the first half, two of which were for a loss, marking his 23rd straight game with 10 or more tackles, which leads all FBS teams.

Northwestern answered with a touchdown of their own, as quarterback Kain Colter (10-for-16, 112 yards,1 INT) rushed in for a three-yard score with 38 seconds left in the half.

BC sophomore QB Chase Rettig has thrown for 129 yards on 10-of-17 passing and has also thrown an interception. Ifeanyi Momah leads all BC receivers with 60 receiving yards on four catches.

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Boston College Vs. Northwestern: Eagles, Wildcats Tied After 1st Quarter

CHESTNUT HILL - Andre Williams broke free for a 69-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage, setting the Boston College Eagles up with a first and goal, but the Eagles offense couldn't punch it in and had to go for a field goal. At the end of one quarter here at Alumni Stadium, BC and the Northwestern Wildcats are tied, 3-3.

Nate Freese connected on a 19-yard field goal with 12:49 left in the first to cap off a five-play, 71-yard drive for the Eagles and give them a 3-0 lead.

Northwestern answered with a field goal of its own near the midway point of the quarter, as Jeff Budzien made a 43-yard field goal with 7:01 left in the quarter, tying the game at 3-3. The field goal capped off an eight-play, 50-yard drive lasting over three minutes.

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Boston College Vs. Northwestern: Follow @SBNationBoston & @GethinCoolbaugh On Twitter For Live Updates

CHESTNUT HILL – For live in-game updates from Saturday’s Boston College-Northwestern game, follow @SBNationBoston and @GethinCoolbaugh on Twitter.

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

Chase Rettig and the Boston College Eagles open the 2011 season with a match-up against Big Ten opponent Northwestern at noon on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

Event: Boston College Eagles vs. Northwestern Wildcats - NCAA Football, Week 1.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 12:00 p.m. EDT.

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

Broadcast Info: Saturday's season opener between Boston College and Northwestern will be aired nationally on ESPNU, with Rob Stone doing play-by-play and Danny Kannel providing analysis. The game can also be heard on the WEEI Sports Radio Network (850 AM), with Jon Meterparel doing play-by-play, Pete Cronan providing analysis and Brian St. Pierre providing sideline coverage.

Storyline: Dan Persa is the center of attention heading into Saturday's game. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, he won't be playing in game at Alumni Stadium, as he continues to recover from an Achilles injury suffered last season. Sophomore QB Kain Colter is expected to start in Persa's place, providing BC fans with a sigh of relief.

For Boston College, senior running back Montel Harris will miss the game (and up to three weeks) as he continues his recovery from a knee injury suffered late last season. Sophomore back Andre Williams - who was bothered by an ankle injury in training camp - will start in his place. As for sophomore QB Chase Rettig, he looks to continue building on the success he found in the latter half of the 2010 season.

Prediction: With Persa out, expect BC to win relatively easily. Final: BC 31, NU 24.

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Boston College Vs. Northwestern: QB Dan Persa Out For Wildcats

CHESTNUT HILL - Northwestern Wildcats senior quarterback and Heisman hopeful Dan Persa will not play in the season opener against the Boston College Eagles at noon on Saturday at Alumni Stadium, as reported by ESPN College GameDay.

GameDay reports Dan Persa out vs. BC today. .... That was a very expensive Heisman campaign for naught.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Persa is coming off of a magnificent 2010 campaign in which he threw for 2,581 yards and 15 touchdowns on 222-of-302 passing (73.5 completion percentage). Persa suffered an Achilles injury late last season that knocked him out for the Wildcats final few games, and is still working his way back. Sophomore backup QB Kain Colter will likely start in Persa's place for Northwestern.

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Boston College Vs. Northwestern: Greetings From Alumni Stadium

CHESTNUT HILL - At long last, Boston College Eagles football is back. Greetings from Alumni Stadium, where I was the first beat reporter to arrive at the press box for the 2011 season. And I couldn't be more exicted.

On a side note, for those who maintain that to be a good reporter, you can't be a fan of a team, that's completely untrue. I am a diehard Boston College fan, but I don't let it get in the way of my reporting. That being said, if you are a reporter and diehard fan of that team, and you let it influence your reporting, that is a problem. But as long as you have the ability to seperate your fanhood from your journalistic approach and integrity, there isn't a problem.

But let's get back to business - Saturday's season opener between BC and Northwestern in Chestnut Hill. As far as first week opponents go, Northwestern is a tough team to face for the Eagles. Their strength starts under center with quarterback Dan Persa, who is already the recipient of some Heisman Trophy-related buzz, albeit a small amount.

However, Persa has been slow to recover from an Achillies injury late last season that knocked him out for the rest of the year. Persa is listed as doubtful for Saturday's opener, and it would be a big boost for BC's chances if he were to miss the game. Still, Eagles running back Andre Williams sent out a statement on Twitter earlier this week that he hopes Persa is healthy and will play. Be careful what you wish for, right?

If Persa doesn't play, sophomore quarterback Kain Colter is listed second on the depth chart and would be expected to start. Colter starting would be a plus for BC, but at this point, it seems more likely that Persa will fight through the injury and start.

For BC, they have their own injury problems, as both of their top two running backs have fought injuries in training camp. Montel Harris, the team's leading rusher who is poised to break the school's all-time rushing record this season, will miss at least the first two to three weeks of the season recovering from a knee injury. Andre Williams, a sophomore back who took over for Harris after his injury in the second-to-last game of the 2010 regular season, will start in place of Harris, but is dealing with his own problems, as he suffered an ankle sprain in camp.

Williams says he's fine, though, and is close to 100 percent. Hopefully he's telling the truth.

This will be the Eagles' toughest season opener in recent memory, and should provide for a solid 60 minutes (or more) of college football to rejuvenate the BC fan base. It won't be easy, but I do predict that the Eagles will beat the Wildcats in a tight affair, winning 31-24 to open their season in style.

Hopefully you can make it out to Alumni Stadium, and if not, you can catch the game on ESPNU or listen to it on the radio on WEEI. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the game and the season that's in store!

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Boston College Vs. Northwestern: Eagles Face Tough Test In Opener

Chase Rettig and the Boston College Eagles face a tough test in their season opener against Heisman hopeful Dan Persa and the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium (TV/Radio: ESPNU/WEEI).

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