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The UNC game is looking more and more like a toss-up game for us.
At my seat. Eagle Walk was very good.Players look almost like deer in the headlights.All FSU receivers look like superstars in practice.Look for BC defensive pressure early.
Beautiful day for college football
FSU aerial game is awesome in practice - it's getting windy - blow winds, blow.
One more and I will shut up - pretty good FSU contingent.Come on wind - blow, blow, blow some more.
Jack: How filled is are the upper endzone areas?
Late arriving crowd but some fans in the upper endzone so far. Hoping for 40k
You cannot ask for a better start than that.
I can't get the game until the S. Carolina - Central Florida game ends. Praying that one does not go to overtime.
eagleboston:Try ESPN 2 until the USC-UCF game ends.
That was a great drive. The OLine looked good. Rettig also deserves credit...that was probably his fourth option.
Go it just in time for the touchdown. What a play!
FYI the game is now returned to ABC.
That was huge to hold them to a field goal. They look tight. Let's hope they stay that way.
Boys playing great right now!!! Keep it up baby!!!!!!
Tremendous play-calling and great execution! What a fun team. Don't know if this will last, but at least we will put some points on the board.
This is fun numbers 41 and 80 sinkovek and miller
The defensive gameplan has been good. Winston is confused.
Holy crap, this game has been a blast. Play-calling has been inspired, and the D has been electric. Got to keep it up for three more quarters.
I agree on taking the points.
What a fun game so far.
Yeah, I wish it were 4th and 5 instead of 4th and inches. It would have been nice to try to go up 21-3 but you have to get points when you can against a top-ranked team.
Now I really wish we had the 21 points. It will be hard to hold these guys back now.
We've got to get pressure because our DBs can't hang with them.
Maybe we should go back to the Spaz 10 yard cushion.
Absolutely not. Should have gone for it on 4th and a foot. BC needs to score TDs, not FGs to win. FSU hads not stopped the run all day. Getting a TD there puts them up 21-3, and that could get in FSU's head. A FG still makes it only a 2 possession game. Even if they missed, FSU would have been pinned deep. And as I write this, FSU scores quickly to make it a 1 possession game. Horrible call.
No, no Spaz cushion. We just look bad when we get beat with the Spaz cushion.
Need strong defensive series to get back momentum.
I was joking about the Spaz cushion. I do think we have to play the long ball and force them to dink and dunk. We have given up 2 huge pass plays which led to 10 points so we may have to give up the short stuff to prevent the devastating big plays.
Not a fan of these Rettig keepers.
Time for some play-action. They have 10 guys in the box.
The Rettig runs aren't pretty but it keeps them honest.
That Rettig keeper destroyed all momentum on that drive. Bad, bad call.
It looks like BC has reverted to its USC game plan the last 2 possessions.
Playing great defense aside from the blown coverage.....lets see if we can continue this
There is the BC defense we all know and love. Can't wait until Addazio gets some speed on campus.
Damn that looked so easy for FSU
Total breakdown on that TD.
Yes going for that FG was genius. Need points on this possession or it could be lights out.
Total breakdown on that drive....smh
OK, do we take a knee and not risk a Pick 6 or do we just throw caution to the wind and go for it since we are such huge underdogs?
We need to stay aggressive on D. Playing off gives Winston too much time.
Stupid idea to run the clock out why not throw it
This play calling is absolutely enraging. Just giving the ball back to them with a ton of time left.
I'm upset about them blowing the lead but if you asked me last night if BC would score 17 points against this team, I would have told you that you were nuts. This could very well end up being a 42-17 game, especially after Jimbo makes his adjustments, but at least we won't get embarrassed a la USC.
I don't mind killing clock now. Different from Spaz doing it against Army. Plus we get the ball to start the half.
This is a very Spaz-like end to the half. Florida State has plenty of time and the mo to score again.
Spaz is back!!!!! The horror!
What the fuck is BC thinking there? How the hell can that happen?
Foolish and silly
The air is out of this place; you play not to lose: you lose.
BC basically just lost the game going for a FG. It's been all downhill since then. That FG turned BC into a conservative shell. BC finds the most risk averse coaches ever.
That was bad coaching clock management plus both brown and day took the momentum away from the players - sad.Meanwhile Winston is the real deal. They had him sacked with no time on the clock.
21 straight points. Ouch! It just seems like the last 5 years have been nothing but misery for BC. You are always expecting the worst instead of the best. Then again, we are only down 7 to a top 10 team. What angers me, though, is the 3 straight runs rather than throwing caution to the wind and going for it. You don't have the tlent to go toe to toe with these guys. You have nothing to lose. Why not execute your 2-minute offense and at least get 1 first down to keep their explosive offense off the field?
Young BC fans, that is what Miami felt like after Flutie to Phelan.
They were playing well and excited and day took it away.Tough to stop Winston buy we are trying.Must come out to score on second half kick off
Bravesbill,I wanted to see a fake field goal on that 4th and inches. I don't believe BC has run a special teams fake in over 5 years so that would have been the time to try it. Those 3 points mean absolutely nothing to us now.
Those 3 points don't mean anything right now. Had they gotten a TD, they would still only be down by 3 though. And the FG decision changed the entire game and all the momentum. BC went into a conservative shell after that and FSU destroyed them.
Play to win the damn game. If you don't win, at least you tried. You will never win playing not to lose. That's what makes it so frustrating.
If Florida State scores again, I'm thinking we will be forced to abandon the run and go to the passing game to try to catch up. Another theory is to keep running to kill time and make the bleeding slow. I don't want us to abandon our game plan yet, but if we get down by another TD, we need to open up to try to get back in it.
Good point by Meter that on that pass interference call, the receiver went out of bounds, meaning he is no longer eligible. Further, the ball was un-catchable. That should not have been called.
Also, how about that punt by Freese? He has been punting well all season and then he barely gets it over the 50. Nice job Myles!
The first couple games, Freese didn't get much distance on his punts. Last game he did really well though.
Cheap play by O'Leary. Just hit him in the chest.
Must hold them to a field goal here.
Who coaches BC linemen? I have noticed that they are not getting their hands in the air as the QB releases. I know it is a long-shot, but at least try.
Mehdi is gone looks bad
Play to win Ryan day
OK, announcers, you have me convinced, I'm going to BC!
"BC has very little depth." Thanks Spaz. Explain to me again why we have to pay your loser ass $1,000,000?
Rettig's true pocket plays have not been good.
Off to watch the rest of the LSU-UGA game. Can't take this crap any more.
31 yard punt?? There is no one else on the team that can punt? For God's sake!
We need to start taking chances on D.
On the bright side, we are losing by 10, the same deficit mighty Notre Dame faces at home against 14th ranked OU.Also, last year we lost to the Seminoles 51-7. That's progress in 1 year.
It is not why we are losing but the refs have been bad.
Like Willis' energy
Please tell me we can now open things up and pass every down. You are down by 17 points. Forget the run, let's work on our passing game as we need the practice for future opponents.We are 2-2. No surprise there. Exactly where I thought we would be at this point in the season. We can't hang with Clemson, or Virginia Tech, but the rest of the games are winnable.
Well, there's a Td
Thanks for opening things up Daz. Just what I ordered! Love this kid Willis.
Where are the safeties?
We are not ready for a shootout yet.
Great stop. 41-27 and giving our guys a fighting chance. Also, Dinich just noted that BC is no longer a pushover under Addazio. Concur, HD, concur.
Bad pass. Forcing things.
Is it possible that Rettig has actually regressed from last year? He has looked pretty pathetic the entire year so far.
Ryan Day had the wrong players on the field that series - and 3 passes over the middle - give me a break. The same play and the defender was smiling.
Last year this game would have been a 52-3 by now. Kudos to Daz to coaching these guys up & keeping them fighting against the #8 team in country. I don't think anyone would have thought it would be a 14 pt game at beginning of 4th qtr.If he can find a few athletes to plug in at the skill positions, I like our chances in next few years.
I know we are getting out butts kicked, but it seems different than the past 4 years. There is a little more fight in these guys and you get the sense that they are going to give effort until the bitter end. It seems like they believe in the vision of this coaching regime and I am becoming hopeful that we might somehow muster 4 more wins for a bowl slot.
I liked the bubble screen towards the line.
The are still fighting.
Eagleboston: this does feel different.
Another bright spot. Anyone know the last time a team pasted 34 on Florida State?
Hard core fans are staying
Looks like Florida and Clemson put up 37 on them last season.
Let's get our own pick 6
People are still in the stands, we are still watching & we've put the most points up ever against FSU. It IS different.
Fsu getting away with a lot of holding
This play is huge obviously
Why does it take Daz and Day this long to open up the play book?
No quiit in this teami
Losing stinks but this game showed me a lot today.
Why a timeout there?
Good point BCeagle93. 34 points is the most BC has EVER scored against Florida State. There are a lot of positive take-aways with this loss.
"Jags did not recruit anybody." Neither did Spaz, but Sean McDonough is right, the decline started with Jag's recruiting no one his second year.
And give Daz some talent and look out. You are within striking distance of a top 10 team with a bare cupboard and coming off a disastrous 2-win season. Once he gets his players to come into this system, BC should set and achieve higher goals. He is just a few skill players short of being competitive.Now let's get revenge on Army!
Very disappointing finish. They lose by 14. The TD at the end of the first half and the abysmal interception for a TD were unforgiveable and hard to believe. You can't make any mistakes against FSU. They will drive that burning lance through your nose. The injury to 45 (Mahdi) was a dirty hit by O'Leary, the tight end. He should have been ejected. However, FSU just overpowered BC the second half. There are big problems with the d backs.
Was at the game and the environment of the stadium changed after that FG. You go from tightening the screw to looking like some quitters. The WHOLE GAME turned on that play. We were a shell after that and got steamrolled. Then, on the long TD, no one knew what was going on. Half the players looking at the clock, heading to locker room, anything but what they should have been instructed to do, which should have been for about FOUR of them to park themselves in the end zone and wait for the hail mary to get tossed up to one of those monster WR's. I'd have taken the staff calling a TO on defense and parking half the team in the endzone and rushing 2 than that mockery of a defense. Complete breakdown. Then, just as they needed to tack on some more points to keep pressure on, they switch to some WR screen nonsense 3 plays in a row. This team isn't Villanova that we're playing. Their defenders were bigger, stronger, and faster. They blew by blocks and from what I recall they all went for negative yardage, followed by about a 30 yard punt. Would a normal play action be too hard to mix into this screen collection?I feel for the players, because they left it all on the field, and played their hearts out, (if someone told me before the game we'd put up 30 I'd have laughed) but the coaching was Spaz-esque for 3 quarters. Everyone knows FSU is going to put up points, if you have a 4 and inches on the 4, you best damn well go for it because you will need those points, and it came back to bite them today. Good job players. I hope the coaches get their acts together.
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