Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 23 (OT): #FireSpaz Finds New Ways To Lose

Jared Wickerham

Just when you thought Spaz couldn't find ways to lose, the fourth year Boston College coach keeps you guessing.

Just when you thought Spaz couldn't find ways to lose, the fourth year Boston College coach keeps you guessing. Let's cut to the chase.

After Virginia Tech tied the game at 23 with 1:05 remaining, Spiffy Evans returned the ball on the ensuing kickoff to only the BC 17 yard line. Armed with two timeouts and behind the arm of QB Chase Rettig, Spaz called the following plays:

- 1st and 10 at BC 17 -- David Dudeck rush for 2 yards to the BC 19, tackled by Bruce Taylor and Derrick Hopkins.
- 2nd and 8 at BC 19 -- Timeout Virginia Tech, clock 00:48.
- 2nd and 8 at BC 19 -- David Dudeck rush for 4 yards to the BC 23, tackled by Kyle Fuller and Jack Tyler.
- 3rd and 4 at BC 23 -- Timeout Virginia Tech, clock 00:40.
- 3rd and 4 at BC 23 -- Team rush for a loss of 2 yards to the BC 21.
- End of 4th Quarter

Playing for overtime, Spaz must have liked his chances considering the Eagles' sterling 4-0 record in overtime games as a member of the ACC. After Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas made it 30-23 with a 7-yard Randall Dunn TD on the first possession of overtime, BC took over needing seven points to extend the game.

Here are the Eagles offensive plays in the first OT:

- 1st and 10 at VT 25 -- David Dudeck rush for no gain to the VTech 25, tackled by Jack Tyler and Derrick Hopkins.
- 2nd and 10 at VT 25 -- Chase Rettig sacked by Corey Marshall and Derrick Hopkins for a loss of 1 yard to the VTech 26.
- 3rd and 11 at VT 26 -- Chase Rettig pass incomplete.
- 4th and 11 at VT 26 -- Timeout Boston College, clock 15:00.
- 4th and 11 at VT 26 -- Chase Rettig pass complete to David Dudeck for 7 yards to the VTech 19, tackled by Alonzo Tweedy.

Just when you thought Boston College football couldn't get any more sad and pathetic, Spaz plays for OT with 0:59 seconds left and the Eagles, predictably, lose by seven points. And you thought a draw play on 3rd and 23 against Florida State last year was a surrender? This loser, playing-not-to-lose mentality has plagued the Eagles football program time and time again and this game was no different. Though this game puts a nice, neat bow on four years of Boston College football under Frank Spaziani. So there's that I guess.

What a shame for the Eagles on Senior Day -- for a guy like QB Dave Shinskie who hasn't seen the field in more than two full seasons. Spaz simply does not put the team in a position to win ball games and it's the kids that are the ones who end up suffering. Bates is always talking about putting the student-athlete first and fostering an environment to promote student development. How is a defeatist coach who plays not to lose fostering the development of these players?

There is no reason why Spaz should be allowed to coach in the season finale next Saturday at N.C. State. None. Fire Spaz on Monday, Dr. Bates. Put an end to this misery. This has gone on long enough. Give the players and fans some hope for the future. Show us all that you can deliver on holding the football program head coach to the school's Ever To Excel motto.

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