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Momah gives Eagles two-way option

Ifeanyi Momah has 19 catches for 296 yards and three touchdowns, but was also used as a defensive end last week, and could go both ways again tomorrow at Syracuse. Ifeanyi Momah has 19 catches for 296 yards and three touchdowns, but was also used as a defensive end last week, and could go both ways again tomorrow at Syracuse. (Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)
By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / November 26, 2010

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Ifeanyi Momah will start at receiver when Boston College concludes its regular season tomorrow at Syracuse. It’s been that way the entire season for the 6-foot-6-inch, 240-pound Momah, who has emerged as one of Chase Rettig’s favorite offensive targets.

But if the outcome is still not clear in the final minutes and BC’s defense is on the field, don’t be surprised if Momah is out there.

It was that way during the last series of the game in BC’s 17-13 win over Virginia last week. With the Cavaliers looking for a game-changing play, there was Momah lining up at defensive end.

Frank Spaziani’s reason was clear. “Nobody was getting in there,’’ said the BC coach, who had experimented with Momah as a defensive end last spring but was forced to shelve those plans when injuries depleted his receiving depth chart. “We were banged up.’’

The Eagles are still banged up, with defensive end Max Holloway (leg) listed as questionable tomorrow. Holloway had replaced Alex Albright (leg), who is out until BC’s bowl game, which has yet to be determined.

Against Virginia, Momah was on the sideline watching with everyone else, wondering if the defense could come up with another game-saving stop.

“I had to go find him,’’ Spaziani said with a laugh. “He was ready to watch along with everyone else. I said, ‘Not so fast. Go in and do something.’ ’’

Momah did, making his presence felt. “If you have a 6-6 guy in there, he creates a few problems until they figure out [how to stop him],’’ said Spaziani.

Whether the Eagles will need Momah on both sides of the ball tomorrow remains to be seen.

Let’s go bowling With six victories, BC is bowl eligible, even if the Eagles lose to Syracuse. The ACC has spots for eight teams in bowl games, and will have nine bowl-eligible teams, which could be a problem for the potential 6-6 clubs (BC, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and Clemson are all 6-5). But the ACC has an agreement with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on Jan. 9 to fill a spot if the Pac-10 can’t fill all its bowl slots, which seems likely. BC remains the most logical ACC team to fill the slot . . . Spaziani said he will probably give the Eagles a week off before resuming practice in preparation for the bowl game.

Mark Blaudschun can be reached at blaudschun@globe.com.