RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Boston College didn’t play poorly on defense, but with the passing game sputtering, the Eagles couldn’t keep up with North Carolina State on Saturday.
The Eagles led 3-0 early, but three interceptions thrown by Chase Rettig and several untimely penalties contributed to N.C. State’s 27-10 victory at Carter-Finley Stadium.
‘‘We have been playing better the last couple of weeks defensively,’’ Boston College coach Frank Spaziani said. ‘‘We gave them a short field a couple of times.’’
Rettig (16 of 45, 123 yards) moved into fourth on the Eagles’ single-season passing chart with a first-quarter completion. He is the first non-senior in school history to have a 3,000-yard season. Also, receiver Alex Amidon became the single-season reception leader with 77. He already had the yardage record and finished the season at 1,215 yards.
Tailback Rolandan Finch had 19 carries for 144 yards and a third-quarter touchdown.
‘‘He’s been a different back these last three games,’’ Spaziani said of Finch, who has 332 yards in that span.
With the loss, the Eagles (2-10, 1-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) capped the program’s worst season since the 1978 team finished 0-11. The defeat potentially marked the end of Spaziani’s tenure. The Eagles won 15 games his first two seasons but were just 6-18 since. Spaziani declined to address his job status after the game.
Mike Glennon threw three touchdown passes and David Amerson returned an interception for a score for N.C. State.
The Wolfpack (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) is headed for a bowl game for the third season in a row. Its destination is dependent on other ACC results.
Glennon connected twice for touchdowns with Tobais Palmer in a span of 51 seconds late in the third quarter to propel N.C. State. Glennon finished 27 of 41 for 245 yards.
Amerson snagged a pass that deflected off the hands of Boston College receiver Colin Larmond Jr., recording his 18th career pick and darting back for a 55-yard score 27 seconds before halftime. N.C. State improved to 12-2 when Amerson records an interception, including 5-0 this season.
The Wolfpack overcame a shaky offensive performance in the first half — one fumble, six punts — to clinch a third consecutive winning season.
Finch scored from 4 yards out with 5:18 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 14-10, but that was as close as the Eagles would get.
Glennon found Palmer for an 8-yard score on the next drive. Then, after Juston Burris recorded the Wolfpack’s third interception, Glennon hit Palmer for a 25-yard score and a 27-10 lead.
Glennon’s season total of 3,648 yards is second on the school’s all-time list, behind Philip Rivers. Glennon is the first player in N.C. State history to record multiple 30-touchdown seasons. He had 31 last season and 30 this year.