Saturday, October 30, 2010

Rallied for BC fans' sanity

A win! The sun shines brighter. The sky is bluer. It feels nice. Very proud of the effort on both sides of the ball. I am sure I will nitpick a little after watching it back, but I am happy for the team.

Now let's run the table!


I will have second viewing thoughts and grades up late Sunday night.

UPDATE WITH LEATHER HELMET

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34 Comments:

At 3:40 PM, Blogger WestCoastFan said...

Yes, the sun has broken through! Defense was awesome and Chris Fox broke up 3 TD attempts. ESPN had a text poll and Keuchly was definitely the impact player of the game!

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger BCDoubleEagle said...

The student section sang happy birthday to Montel after the game. It was a nice ending to a good afternoon at Alumni.

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger Snuffy said...

I am pleasantly surprised our blue-collar talent could prevail over a far more athletic team. I guess it has got to happen every so often.

Nice to see Rettig could make a few connections even where receivers were not able to get any separation.

I think we are headed back to a program that can again (next year) win 8 games and get to a forgetable bowl. Rah.

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger Timothy J. said...

Can BC still fire Spaz? His (Tranq's) play calling is brutal. Way to burn 30 seconds at the end of the first half just to go for the field goal.

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Fox was incredible in the secondary. We still get zero pressure on the QB but we were better on screens today than we were against MD.

Harris was fed over and over, just like he should have been in the losses to VT and ND, allowing us to totally eat clock and get much needed first downs. The offense was still 100% predictable outside of the Harris playaction, which was one of the only calls I've really liked on offense all season.

We have a serious shot at beating WF and Duke away and taking Virginia at home (although they dominated Miami from what I've read until the 4th quarter). 6-6 isn't totally out of the question this season. A small glimmer of hope in an ugly, ugly season.

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger mod34b said...

We hold Clemson for zero offensive TDs. Not even #1 Auburn could do that.

Parker looked completely confused as a few of his desperation chucks showed. The defense is really getting good and not getting shredded underneath all game.

Offense not so good. Clemson gave us 3 turn overs and missed two makable field goals, but we only eek out a win. We should have score 25+ points. But nice win

We should go at least 6-6.

 
At 6:24 PM, Blogger Katie said...

ATL, to answer your question on Twitter, WEEI said Montel tried on the leather helmet and it fit him perfectly. Don't know about anyone else. Go Eagles!!

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger eagleboston said...

I have been critical of Spaz lately, but I can't criticize him for going for the field goal before half. You have a freshman qb who has already thrown 1 pick six and you have a field goal kicker who is nearly automatic. Further, you have a defense that is playing great despite all of the injuries. He made the right decision. Amazing that we fans have not seen a BC victory since early September. Let's hope they can scratch up 3 more and we can keep the bowl streak alive.

Wow, Notre Dame goes down. I can't believe Kelly had the freshman qb throwing deep in double coverage when they were already in field goal range.

 
At 6:43 PM, Blogger mod34b said...

E/B. That ND pass call was one of the dumbest calls ever! All they had to do was line up and kick the FG to win. Boo hoo ND

 
At 7:05 PM, Blogger Scott said...

It's a little hard to criticize playing for the field goal before the half, when it was that exact field goal that forced Clemson to go 80 yards for a TD with a 1:30 ... rather than 40 yards for a tying field goal.

That last drive could have been very different if Clemson wasn't so desperate for a big play.

Still, I wanted to go for it.

 
At 8:48 PM, Blogger Timothy J. said...

I think it's very fair to criticize the decision not to go for the TD - part of the reason Clemson was driving for a TD to win at the end of the game was that they missed 2 FG's and shot themselves in the foot all game (Not taking anything away from BC's D, I was very impressed). BC still could have gone for the FG, try a pass in the endzone if it's not there throw it away, that's coaching.

Spaz comes from the TOB school of protecting the lead for 3 quarters. The whole second half play calling was brutal - I never felt like Spaz ever had the intention of stepping on Clemson's throat. Run, run, pass. If not for Clemson's mistakes, the outcome what have been completely different.

 
At 1:36 AM, Blogger Lenny Sienko said...

Credit where credit is due; i.e., play action fake to Montel with swing pass to him for TD was excellent call and timed properly.

Pass to full back when we were backed up and needed first down to kill clock also good call.

Switch from shotgun to fullback in backfield with Montel and loading up with tight ends, formation adjustments, motion, all contributed to ground game in first half.

We saw an example of the "bend but don't break" defensive philosophy actually working for a change; but not without holding on by the skin of our teeth. Sorry, but I will never see being comfortable or satisfied with such a defensive philosophy.

OTOH "... a win is a win is a win...".

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger Timothy J. said...

From the Boston Globe: After taking the lead, BC went conservative. Of their six possessions in the second half, four were three and out, and none had gotten the Eagles close enough for Freese to attempt an insurance field goal.

Although the Eagles had the lead, they were one mistake from having another game slip away"

 
At 8:48 AM, Blogger John said...

At the game. Euphoric win as its been a long season. Agree with everything that has been said. Offense fell asleep in second half and play calling in Q3 and Q4 was terrible. I saw the Maryland-Wake score and could not believe it. Is Wake really that bad? Could we really win two in a row? I hope the win was enough to convince the two big recruits to come to BC next year. There was a lot of noise in the second half (especially in the last 5 minutes). Go Eagles!

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Erik said...

We are so much better with McClusky in there to throw that extra block. Not to mention he's one of our few healthy captains, so his leadership on-field is essential. I'm glad to see Tranq realize this yesterday and go away from single back which has been weak all season.

I wouldn't mind seeing ATL chart our success with FB vs single back.

Also, if we want something to gripe about, I'm fully willing to blame Rettig for us losing Lapham. Awful throw, the injury is on Chase.

Back to the good times, it was so nice to get a win yesterday. The beer tasted 10x better than it did the past few weeks. I'm glad that ugly L streak is over, I feel like that was going to lead to bad news on the recruiting front if we let it continue.

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger Eagle 1 said...

I'm with Timothy, J. Although I am happy with BC's progress and do not want to sound like a sourpuss, Clemson effectively gave that game away. Two missed field goals and a terrible Clemson QB were the keys to this game.

I was happy to see Chase progressing, although he's still throwing (1) high, (2) behind, and (3) into tight coverage. He's also staring down receivers too often. That stuff really needs to stop ASAP.

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Big Jack Krack said...

Great win - and I'm just going to enjoy it. Every year Clemson thinks they will win it all.

Still - 3 first downs and 84 yards in the second half is another Nyquil special. These players deserve better, Mr. OC. A tail of 2 halfs offensively.

Atl's analysis will be interesting.

Congratulations BC.

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger Big Jack Krack said...

tale of two halfs - sorry.

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Eddierock said...

Offensive line really dominated in the first half. The holes were big enough for Nyquil to run through. Nice to see different looks and formations. Why then do we abandon all that in the second half and revert to the most simple, predictable play calling? makes no sense.

wheel route to montel was beautiful, set up by rettig looking away early...

defense played like a team possessed. Scaife was a one man wrecking crew.

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Rettig does tend to look down receivers but he definitely does it less than Shinskie/ Marsco (and definitely less than they did 4 games into their careers). He also has enough zip on his throws that he can get away with it better than Shinskie staring down his receiver and then tossing a duck into the air.

Overall, his progression is looking very good. Wake is giving up 45 points a game to FBS schools so hopefully him and the rest of the offense can use next week to let out some frustration and build some more confidence.

It'd be nice to see him start utilizing some pump fakes to help the receivers get a little seperation. Ryan used to us that quite effectively to loosen up D's.

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger VinnyBostonCollegeEagle said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkRZqSRP7rM

Highlights from the CLemson game!

 
At 12:40 PM, Blogger mod34b said...

I luv beating Clemson.  Really nice fans who come to BC, but a really overblown sense of their superiority.  And they go nuts when they lose to us and say bs like this (something a few here also appear also to be brainwashed about): "Saturday you watched a Boston College team with slower, less skilled athletes beat Clemson by  imposing their will on the Tigers.". See Disaster at Clemson

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger mod10aeagle said...

My favorite moments yesterday: 3) Momah made a great adjustment and hung on to the ball, even though it initially bounced of his hand, as it so often does; 2) I saw DBs knock down passes at least three times! So much better than waiting until after they catch the ball. 1) Obviously, the O-line performance in the first half -- finally! Who are those guys and where have they been hiding?

Least favorite moments: 2) Clearly, the O-line made Tranq look great in 1H, but he still doesn't seem to understand when to call play action. He waits until after the "one time too many" run. I'm still saying, "now play action ... DAMN!" as Montel gets stuck for a one yard loss after three consecutive 4-5 yard gains. 1) Spaz's post game comments on the field. Was he crying? There's no crying in football!

Actually, that's all. Darn good win.

 
At 2:06 PM, Blogger Rob said...

"Also, if we want something to gripe about, I'm fully willing to blame Rettig for us losing Lapham. Awful throw, the injury is on Chase."

Definitely. Forget random bad luck, Chase Rettig is personally responsible for this injury. I don't know how he sleeps at night after what he did.

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger Dustbowl said...

Rob - Pay Erik no mind. Erik lacks a filter and blurts out every dumb thought on his mind.

 
At 3:10 PM, Blogger Timothy J. said...

btw, does anyone know what BC is building on the dust bowl? more dorms?

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger Old Heightsonian said...

Timothy J.: It's the new Stokes Hall:

http://www.bc.edu/offices/pubaf/specialreports/stokeshall.html

There's a live webcam of the construction:

http://at.bc.edu/webcams/stokes/

DUSTBOWL (1907-2010)
R. I. P.

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Great moment and a great photo. Hopefully this game and the team atmosphere helped sway some recruits this week.

Wonder how Sterlin feels seeing this?

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger BCDoubleEagle said...

Sean Duggan committed to BC. The St. X pipeline is alive and well. Welcome, Sean!

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/preps/2010/10/31/st-xavier-player-commits-to-boston-college/

 
At 12:05 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Well seeing as this kid also had offers from Wisconsin, Arizona, NC State, Michigan and oh yea #1 Oregon, I guess whatever the "truth" that everyone was so scared about Keuchly telling him must not have been so bad.

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger Snuffy said...

BC gets a 3-star recruit.

Halleluia! The talent gap is bridged!

More 8-win seasons and forgetable bowls are just around the corner.

get serious Dan -- we need speed, speed, speed, and playmakers to even compete in the ACC.

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger Erik said...

Our worst finish ever is 2nd place, but that doesn't matter because we can't compete with all those ACC teams finishing 3-6 each year.

 
At 11:28 AM, Blogger BCDoubleEagle said...

Snuffy:
Kuechly and Herzlich were 3-star recruits. Ron Brace (who curently plays on Sundays) was also a 3-star, and B.J. Raji (also in the NFL) was a 2-star. Montel Harris is on track to become BC's all-time rushing leader (he was a 2-star). We had a kid a couple years ago named Matt Ryan. He must not have been very good; he was only a 3-star.

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger Snuffy said...

Yes, fellas, no more losing seasons, but more 8-win seasons and forgetable bowls are just around the corner. Break out the bubbly. Rah. When will you 'superfans' see, we need speed and playmakers to get to the next level. We have not progressed beyond the TOB ceiling yet, and he's been gone half a decade.

 

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