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Richman toes the line at BC

He is confident a win is coming

By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / September 22, 2011

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It has been a rough stretch for the Boston College football team, by anyone’s measure. Normally, the routine once the season starts is predictable. Practice for a game, play a game, win a game (at least at the start of the season).

Not this year. This year, it has been practice, play, and . . . lose to Northwestern, lose to Central Florida, and lose to . . . Duke. Whoops. Suddenly, it’s 0-3, and that hasn’t happened since 1991.

It should change this week, with FCS opponent UMass coming to Alumni Stadium, but when you lose games the way the Eagles have - failing to pick up a yard on two key situations in the third quarter against UCF, missing chip-shot field goals against Northwestern and Duke - no one is declaring anything a mortal lock.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have a win yet,’’ said offensive guard and cocaptain Nate Richman. “We have to bring it every week until we get our first win.’’

Richman said the past three weeks have been tough to deal with for a program where the mind-set has included at the very least a postseason berth the past dozen seasons.

“It’s been frustrating,’’ he said. “This is the time we can show our character as a team. We have to come out and work just as hard as we have, if not harder. And some things are going to fall in the right places.

“We have to get better at some things. We’ll get our first win and we’ll take it from there.’’

Richman sounds confident, though not cocky.

Asked if this compares with last year’s five-game losing streak in midseason, he said, “It’s definitely similar to that. It’s a low point in the season. You just have to continue to have the right attitude. You know the win is coming. You can feel it coming.

“And once it came last year, we won five straight. We hope to have similar results to last year. We won the first one and then it took it from there.

“We go into every game knowing it’s going to be a hard game and we have to do everything we can to win it. And every game we want to win, obviously. So whether we’re 0-3 or 3-0, we share the same attitude going into it.’’

The offensive line has been particularly unsettled, with injuries forcing coach Frank Spaziani to move players in and out, including Richman, who has worked at guard and tackle this season as he deals with an ongoing back issue.

“We’ve gotten better every week - the results don’t always show it on the scoreboard,’’ said Richman, who didn’t practice yesterday. “We just need to put a complete game together.’’

Spaziani says he has not noticed any negative vibes on the team after the 0-3 start.

“I can’t tell whether they won three or lost three,’’ said Spaziani.

One thing that could help is having running back Montel Harris (knee) and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey (foot) back. Both practiced yesterday on a limited basis and could be ready Saturday.

“We know there is a big one coming,’’ said Richman. “It’s going to be this week, and if the team can win the game, we’ll take it from there. We’re going to win the game and everything is going to build off of that.’’

When asked if that was a guarantee, Richman smiled.

“Nope,’’ he said. “No guarantees.’’

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