Chase Rettig and the Boston College Eagles travel to South Bend, Indiana to take on their arch rivals, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday afternoon (TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI 93.7 FM, 850 AM).
Boston College trails the all-time series against Notre Dame, 9-11-0. The two teams last met on October 2, 2010, when Dayne Crist tossed two first-quarter touchdowns and rushed for another and ultimately finished with 203 passing yards as the Fighting Irish routed the Eagles, 31-13, in the annual Battle for the Ireland Trophy. Rettig completed 5-of-10 passes for 72 yards in his first career start, but was forced out with an ankle injury in the secon quarter.
BC (3-7, 2-5 ACC) is coming off a 14-10 win over the N.C. State Wolfpack last Saturday, in which the Eagles were powered by strong defensive performance from Luke Kuechly, the nation's leading in solo and total tackles, who had 18 tackles and nine stops in the final 13 minutes to help preserve the victory.
Rettig has thrown for 1,588 yards and nine touchdowns this season to pace BC. Rolandan Finch and Andre Williams have been the Eagles leaders on the ground, with Finch rushing for 577 yards and three scores and Williams darting for 466 yards and four scores. Colin Larmond has 31 catches for 500 yards and three touchdowns and Bobby Swigert has 35 receptions for 356 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eagles rank 105th in total passing yards with 164.2 yards per game and rank 81st in total rushing yards with 133.8 per game. BC also ranks 114th in first points for (18 PPG) and 56th in points against (24.9 PPG).
Notre Dame (7-3) is fresh off a 45-21 win over the Maryland Terrapins last Saturday. Tommy Rees threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns on 30-of-38 passing and Jonas Gray ran for 136 yards and two scores in the win for the Fighting Irish. Cierre Wood rushed for 99 yards and one score and Michael Floyd had nine catches for 90 yards and a score.
Rees has 2,392 passing yards and 19 touchdown passes this season for the Irish. Meanwhile, Wood has rushed for 907 yards and nine touchdowns while Floyd has 77 catches for 922 yards and seven touchdowns.
Notre Dame ranks 37th in the nation in passing with 258.9 yards through the air per game and also ranks 41st in total rushing yards per tilt with 177.4. In addition, the Irish rank 28th in points for (33.6) and 26th in points against (20.9).
Boston College concludes its season against Miami next weekend while Notre Dame wraps up its regular season with a big showdown against No. 9 Stanford on Saturday, November 26.
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