CHESTNUT HILL - It wasn't the best of days for Boston College Eagles sophomore kicker Nate Freese, who missed an extra point in the first half and cost his team the game with a muffed 23-yard field goal with 43 seconds left in the game, giving the Duke Blue Devils a 20-19 win over the Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
Freese's kick, which was from the left hash mark, bounced off the left upright and dropped to the ground, sending the 35,812 fans home in sheer disappointment.
"I was trying to get the ball up," Freese said. "I did that, but it caught the inside of my toe a little bit, it hooked left and ended up hitting the left upright. [The offense] got it where they needed to. They did a great job there at the end to give my field goal unit a chance. I'm very proud of the offense and what they did at the end there. I really appreciate everyone coming up to me afterward. The reality is that I missed the kick, but it reassures that they're behind me 100 percent."
Freese and the Eagles charge on with their season with a home game against UMass - an FCS team - next weekend, where BC will search for its first win of the season.
"Every loss is tough, but you have to play the next play, go out to practice tomorrow and get back to basics, go out next week and get a win" Freese said.