The one thing Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig has thought ceaselessly about since last week's 41-32 loss to Miami is all the points the Eagles offense left on the board.
"That's a lot more hours of sleep that I would have had on Saturday night and Sunday night," he said. "Just watching plays in my head, we've got to eliminate them. We've got to do better."
The offense made seven trips to the red zone, but settled for field goals on three of them. In one instance in the second quarter, a botched snap on third-and-4 brought out kicker Nate Freese. In another, after driving from their own 22-yard line to the Miami 20, they saw the drive stall after a couple Rettig incompletions and called on Freese again. And in the third quarter, after driving from their 27 to Miami's 13, they watched their ground game fail them when Andre Williams was stopped at scrimmage on third-and-1.
Freese was 3 of 3, but if Chase Rettig had his way, the junior kicker would only see the field for kickoffs and extra points. Running up 537 yards of total offense and scoring more points than they had all last season wasn't enough for Rettig. The offense put up 14 points in the first eight minutes, and he expects that kind of effectiveness.
"You saw the potential," Rettig said. "We could have scored 50 points. We had a lot of deep passing plays. I think we had 12 explosive plays on Saturday, which is crazy.
"50 points put you in the winning category. We've just got to set our bar higher. Watching the game, we could have done better. So maybe instead of saying, let's score 30, let's score 40."
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