CHESTNUT HILL - What's the point anymore?
This was it. This was the one shot to make your statement and provide a high point for your youngins' and fan base. Instead, the Boston College Eagles did what they've done all year long: They lost, and they lost badly.
Eleven of 14 third down conversions (including 10 in a row to start the game) and 393 total yards surrendered later, the Eagles handed the Holy War to the arch enemy, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, in an uninteresting nationally televised 21-6 rout.
Notre Dame was as good as advertised. The Irish defense kept Chase Rettig and the Eagles' skilled passing attack out of the end zone, despite a record-breaking day from junior wide receiver Alex Amidon who broke the school's single season receiving yardage mark. The Fighting Irish even put together a consistent offensive game plan, as well. The defense, of course, did its thing, and Manti Te'o added another interception to his season total.
Fourth-year Eagles head coach Frank Spaziani looked more dejected than I have ever seen after the loss, and his postgame rhetoric was the same. "Congratulations to Notre Dame" and "we just didn't make enough plays."
Nothing new there. That's been the trend all year long.
Boston College fell to 2-8 overall and 1-5 in the ACC after dropping their fourth straight Holy War to Notre Dame. The loss was the eight in a row against a ranked opponent (thanks to the Boston Globe's Julian Benbow for unearthing that gem) and their 16th loss in the last 22 games. Spaz now has a lifetime coaching record of 22-27.
There may be two more games on the schedule, but you can now officially put a bow on the Eagles' season. It's done. Caput. Nothing left to see here.
Really, this puppy was over long before Saturday. Heck, maybe it was even in the books after Boston College surrendered that 14-0 lead in the season opener and went on to lose to Miami.
Virginia Tech comes to town next Saturday followed by a season ending (and career ending for a certain head coach) date with old buddy Tom O'Brien and N.C. State in two weeks.
But where does the motivation come from?
A win against the Hokies would be nice, if not for anything else but sending the seniors off with a win, and I suppose it would be a moral victory (?) to beat T.O.B. down in North Carolina, but it all means nothing.
Is there a way they can forfeit those games and get a head start on the offseason? That would be nice, and that's exactly what needs to happen.
Once the triple zeroes hit for the final time this season, Boston College can finally start moving forward. Spaziani can be canned, and the Eagles can shut the door on one of the most miserable eras in program history. A new (hopefully competent) coach can be summoned and this once-proud team can begin to lick its wounds and start the long journey of rebuilding.
Until then, it's just not worth one second of your time.
Gethin Coolbaugh is the Editor of SB Nation Boston. Twitter: @GethinCoolbaugh.