2012 NCAA Relegation: Weeks 8-10 - Eagles go 0 for MAC
Ten weeks down and just three more to go in our 2012 NCAA Football Relegation league. The conference title races are taking definite shape, although no one has clinched a division title yet.
As for your Eagles, not such a great three week period. BC finished an 0 for 3 season against the Mid American Conference by losing at Kent State in 3 OTs, then dropping a two point game at Alumni to Brad Bates' old school, Miami of Ohio and then finally breaking the four game skid by nipping the North Texas Mean Green in OT in Denton, TX.
This puts BC at 4-5 overall and in need of two more wins to reach bowl eligibility. The road though is not easy down the stretch although BC does have two home games left. They start with Purdue (6-3), then off to Tampa to play South Florida (4-5) and finish with division leading Utah State (9-1). You get the feeling that the Eagles need to find a way to knock off the Boilermakers this week or else face the possibility of dropping their final three.
A review of the last three games.
October 20, 2013 - Kent,OH - Last second TD foils Eagles upset bid, BC loses in 3 OTs
Dri Archer's 19 yard touchdown run in the 3rd overtime lifted Kent State to a 47-41 come from behind win over Boston College. Trayion Durham had completed the rally for the Golden Flashes, who trailed 28-10 at the end of the third quarter, with a four yard touchdown run and subsequent two point conversion to tie the game at 31 with just three seconds left and force the OT.
BC (3-4) which trailed 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, rallied with 28 straight points in the middle two frames. Donte Elliott got the Eagles on the board with a 17 yard reception from Chase Rettig (30-53 404 5 TD, 2 INT), with 2:15 to go in the half. BC held the Flashes to a three and out and scored just with 27 seconds left in the half on a CJ Parsons 4 yard scoring catch, following two big plays by Bobby Swigert gaining 43 yards to the KSU 19.
The third quarter continued the Eagle onslaught, with Swigert and Chris Pantale hauling in Rettig passes to build the lead to 28-10 before the roof caved in.
Even leading 31-23 with 3:07 left following a Nate Freese FG wasn't enough as Kent State (5-2) drove 12 plays and 72 yards in 2:50. They converted two fourth downs along with a huge 42 yard pass from Spencer Keith to Eric Adeyemi. On after two Keith scrambles netted nothing, an incomplete pass left KSU with just one play and seven seconds and Durham ran off tackle to close the gap to 31-29. Keith then ran in the two point try to remarkably send the game into OT.
Both teams mustered FGs in the first OT, BC missing out on a first and goal from the five which could have won the game. In the second OT, Rettig hit Spiffy Evans with a 15 yard strike only to see Durham tie the game again at 41 on the first play from scrimmage with a 25 yard run.
In the third OT, It was Archer, who only needed two runs, the second of 19 yards to put the Flashes back up 47-41 after a missed two point attempt. Rettig couldn't counter this time, throwing his second pick of the game, this one to Luke Batton on the 23 to end the contest.
Andre Williams lead the rushers with 87 yards on 23 attempts, while Alex Amidon caught 8 balls for 111 yards to continue his outstanding season. Kent State ran for a remarkable 343 yards, piling up 514 yards total offense.
October 27, 2013 - Chestnut Hill, MA - Eagles lose again, this time on last second TD pass, 40-38
Zac Dysert found Nick Harwell on an 8 yard pass as time expired giving Miami OH a shocking come from behind 40-38 win over BC at Alumni Stadium.
This is the second week in a row that the Eagles (3-5) have held a lead with under 10 seconds to go and seen it wind up in a loss and the second week in a row they have blown a 15 or more point lead.
Miami (4-4) sandwiched two Kaleb Patterson field goals around a Chase Rettig 13 yard touchdown run to make it 7-6 BC after one quarter. The teams combined for 35 second quarter points including three Rettig touchdown passes to Johnathan Coleman (6 yards), Bobby Swigert (11 yards) and a 52 yarder to Alex Amidon (7 receptions, 177 yards), but the Red Hawks hung tough and took the lead 34-28 at the end of three behind Zac Dysert's 7 yard pass to Jamire Westbrook and his own 6 yard run.
BC took the lead back with 7:41 to go in the game when Rettig tossed his fifth TD pass of the game, this one to David Dudeck and Nate Freese looked he added an insurance 23 yard field goal with just 1:37 to go to put BC on top 38-34, but as has happened all year long, the defense could not hold up.
Dysert (29-51 421 4 TDs, 2 INT) marched Miami 69 yards in 17 plays in the last 1:36, converting three fourth down situations including on fourth and goal from the 8 with 0:02 left, hitting Harwell for the game winner as time expired.
Chase Rettig threw for 364 yards (23-41, 4 TD, 2 INT) as BC gained 509 yards of total offense, but simply couldn't stop the Red Hawks who gained 523 yards of their own.
November 3, 2013 - Denton, TX - Eagles break losing streak, stop Mean Green in OT
Sean Sylvia intercepted Derek Thompson's pass on the first play of overtime leading to Andre Williams 3 yard touchdown run which prevented yet another last second disaster as BC rallied from a 22-7 third quarter deficit and beat North Texas 32-25.
After blowing leads in the fourth quarter of the past two games, BC (4-5) found itself in a similar situation after coming back from 22-7 to take a 25-22 lead with just 0:35 left on a Nate Freese 24 yard field goal only to see North Texas (4-5) tie the game on Zach Olen's 29 yard field goal at the gun, forcing overtime.
Trailing 22-7 in the third quarter, the Eagles pulled to within 8 when Chase Rettig connected with Spiffy Evans on a 13 yard TD and then tied the game on Rettig's three yard run and Williams 2 point conversion with just 4:15 left.
After forcing a North Texas punt with 2:11 left, Rettig (26-40 349 1 TD, 2 INT), then lead BC from its own 31 on a 7 play, 62 yard drive culminating with Nate Freese's kick to give the Eagles the lead. Miraculously though, the Mean Green would not go away. On third and one from their own 37 with just 18 seconds left, Thompson connected with Darnell Smith for 51 yards to the BC 12 where Olen tied the game and forced the OT.
Alex Amidon once again led the receivers with 7 catches for 103 yards, while Andre Williams ran for 99 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.
BC returns to action hosting Purdue (6-3) next week.
Across the country, no team has clinched a league title yet, but several are closing in.
In Conference A, Alabama (9-0) needs only one win or Notre Dame loss to lock up the title and a semifinal berth. Florida State's win against LSU gave them a 2 game lead at 9-0 with 3 to play. Oklahoma State remained unbeaten and holds a one game lead, with the head to head tiebreaker over Florida and unbelievably, Vanderbilt (9-1) holds a half game lead with the tie breaker over Oklahoma in Division 4.
Current playoff matchups across the board would be:
Conference A: #4 Vanderbilt at #1 Alabama, #3 Oklahoma State at #2 Florida State
Conference B: #4 Virginia at #1 Fresno State, #3 Arizona State at #2 Utah State
Conference C: Colorado State vs Troy
39 teams are currently bowl eligible (6 wins or more), while 31 are bowl ineligible (7 wins or less, unless there are not enough 6 win teams).
Interestingly 10 bowl eligible teams from 2012 are NOT bowl eligible in our league already.
The next update at the conclusion of the regular season!