Chase Rettig threw for 70 yards on 10-of-23 passing and tossed two interceptions as the Boston College Eagles were routed by the Central Florida Knights, 30-3, on Saturday night at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, FL.
Boston College registered 141 total yards (84 passing, 57 rushing) en route to its second straight loss of the new season, marking the first time since the 2004 season that the Eagles have opened a campaign with two consecutive losses. UCF dominated the Eagles' defense, racking up 422 total yards (235 rushing, 187 passing).
Jeffrey Godfrey, a sophomore quarterback, starred for UCF, throwing for 187 yards on 20-of-25 passing and rushing for 69 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Latavius Murray ran for 72 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Andre Williams racked up 59 rushing yards on 12 carries with a long run of 16 yards and backup quarterback Mike Marscovetra, who relieved Rettig after his second interception in the third quarter, completed one pass for 14 yards. Luke Kuechly extended his streak of 10 or more tackles to an FBS-leading 24 games, recording 17 tackles.
Nate Freese put the Eagles on the scoreboard first, connecting on a season-best 47-yard field goal with 7:52 left in the opening quarter, putting Boston College on top, 3-0. However,Nick Cattoi responded with three consecutive field goals - from 36-, 35- and 32-yards, respectively, to give the Knights a 9-3 lead heading into halftime.
In the second half, Godfrey and the Knights found the end zone three consecutive times. Godfrey rushed for a one-yard touchdown with 14:54 to go in the fourth quarter and another touchdown, this time from four yards out, with 4:15 left in the game. Murray's long score, a one-yard touchdown run, came with 9:30 left in the fourth.
Boston College returns home to open its ACC schedule against the Duke Blue Devils next Saturday. BC then hosts in-state foe FCS Massachusetts and resumes ACC play against Wake Forest after that.