SAN FRANCISCO CA - JANUARY 09: Richard Matthews #15 of the Nevada Wolf Pack runs past a diving Ryan Quigley #46 of Boston College on his way a returning a punt for a touchdown during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9 2011 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The BC offense wasted another outstanding defensive effort, falling to Nevada 20-13 in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. The offense couldn't get much of anything going all night, managing just 127 yards through 3 quarters before BC's two frantic, pass interference-aided fourth quarter drives added an additional 56 yards.
The offensive finished the night with just 183 total yards. Rettig finished the night a disappointing 14-34 for 119 yards and two interceptions. The only real bright spot on offense was Andre Williams 30-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give BC an early 7-0 lead.
The defense played a very good game, limiting the Nevada rushing offense to 114 yards (2.8 yards per attempt). Nevada's Pistol offense is one that averaged over 300 yards a game on the ground this season. With an average offense, you've got to think that any time you turn the Nevada offense over three times, you are going to put yourselves in a good position to win the game. It's just too bad Kuechly couldn't find the end zone on his INT.
When you play without your all-ACC running back in front of a pro-Nevada crowd, I guess you'll take a 7 point loss ("Hey, we covered, didn't we?"). But you hate to see this senior class go out on a losing note, especially in a season of extreme highs and lows. With how inept the offense was tonight, it is going to be a long, long off season.
Leave your thoughts on the game below. We'll have more coherent thoughts and analysis during the week, after I get a few hours of sleep before the work week starts.