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Boston College scores 20 unanswered but comeback attempt falls short vs. Florida State

Mary Schwalm
Akeem Dent sealed the win with an interception for Florida State.

For two-plus quarters Saturday, the Boston College football team looked sluggish, disjointed, and simply out of sorts against Florida State.

The Eagles fell behind by 16 at the half and 23 early in the third, and their chances of staging what would have been the biggest comeback in program history seemed bleak.

“We started off slow and flat,” quarterback Phil Jurkovec said. “I’m not sure exactly why. We just didn’t have energy.”

Then suddenly, following a Pat Garwo touchdown midway through the third quarter, the Eagles resembled the team they have been for the bulk of the season when Jurkovec has been healthy. They exploded for 20 unanswered points in a span of less than 13 minutes, putting a major scare into Florida State before FSU snatched back the momentum.


The Seminoles came up with a critical interception with 1:42 remaining, as the Eagles fell, 26-23, at Alumni Stadium. Boston College (6-5, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) nearly gave its fans another thrilling victory, but instead, the result was an agonizing defeat.

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