Eagles looking ahead to Notre Dame - cautiously
Boston College had just won its third football game of the season Saturday, beating North Carolina State, 14-10, and the Eagles already were focusing on their next game - Saturday at Notre Dame.
It’s not like the Eagles are chasing a title or even a bowl bid. With a 3-7 record, BC will finish its business at Miami the day after Thanksgiving. But the Eagles still are chasing a complete game - offense, defense, and special teams - something that has not yet happened.
It certainly didn’t happen on offense in the second half against N.C. State.
At the half, BC led, 14-3, and had piled up a respectable 192 yards of total offense on 29 plays. But at the end of the game, the numbers were 190 yards on 49 plays.
Twenty plays and minus-2 yards of offense?
“I was letting them know that next week we’re not going to be able to come out like we did in the second half,’’ said BC quarterback Chase Rettig, who accounted for 101 of the 190 yards of offense. “This week in practice, we’re going to have to step it up. The guys understood that.’’
What helped the Eagles’ mental health was that they won despite their offensive shortcomings in the second half against the Wolfpack, when five of their six possessions were three plays or shorter, they got only one first down, and produced no points.
“Any time you get a win, it builds momentum,’’ said middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, part of a defense starting to show some teeth.
“We made some plays, we did a couple of bonehead things,’’ said coach Frank Spaziani. “When you play good defense, you are always in the game.’’
Yesterday Spaziani looked for whatever positives he could find in preparing for the Fighting Irish.
“In viewing the film, the score is still 14-10,’’ said Spaziani. “There were a lot of positives, more than negatives. We made plays when we had to make them. We played with more emotion. We played with a little bit of an edge.’’
He also cited the increased pressure put on the quarterback by the defensive line.
“I just told them it was a nice win, but we still have a couple of other chapters in the season,’’ Spaziani said.
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