SHREVEPORT, La. — In the end, they looked out of synch, out of gas, and completely outclassed.
It was not the kind of impression Boston College’s football team wanted to leave after becoming bowl-eligible for the first time since the 2010 season and earning a trip to the AdvoCare V100 Bowl.
The Eagles (7-6) fell short of their objective to win eight games this season, suffering a sobering 42-19 loss to an up-tempo Arizona team that rolled up 529 yards total offense and scored 28 straight points to break open a 7-6 contest Tuesday afternoon before 36,917 at Independence Stadium.
“I said the outcome of this game would not in any way, shape, or form change the footprint that’s been laid down at Boston College,’’ said BC coach Steve Addazio, whose team went from two wins in 2012 to seven. “That wouldn’t be right if anybody suggested that.
“By the same breath, it outlines the next steps that have to happen in order to keep your program moving in the direction that we want to get it moving again.’’
Senior wide receiver Alex Amidon cemented his legacy as the best receiver in school history when he added another career record to his résumé by making 10 catches (for 129 yards), giving him 191 for his career to surpass Pete Mitchell (190, 1991-94) as BC’s all-time leader.
The tantalizing bowl matchup between the nation’s top two running backs never materialized, as Arizona’s defense held BC’s Andre Williams, the Doak Walker Award winner, to 75 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries.
“I think they learned a lot from past games and watching tape and they did a great job preparing how to play,’’ Williams said. “Just as importantly, we had to prepare the right way and execute at a high level and we failed to do that at certain times.’’
Williams was outperformed by Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey, who rushed 27 times for 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns on runs of 2 and 5 yards.
Carey’s first TD gave Arizona a 7-0 lead and his second capped an 11-play, 75-yard scoring march that turned a 21-6 halftime lead into a daunting 28-6 advantage.
“The way we were built right now, this year, we’ve got to be on schedule, we’ve got to be in phase, and not too far out of that thing, then we start getting into the things we don’t do best and it can get out of whack,’’ Addazio said.
“As I told our team, I’m very proud of our seniors and I’m proud of what they accomplished. I won’t let this game get in the way of that ever. We’re not going to demean what was done.
“Obviously, the next step is not just getting to a bowl game, but winning a bowl game and competing for conference championships and that’s my responsibility to make sure that happens.’’
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