In a promising start to the game, the Boston College offense needed only seven plays to drive 68 yards to get down to the FSU 1. However, after a Rettig incomplete pass on first down, two Andre Williams runs for no gain and a Rettig passing play blown up on fourth down, the Eagles came away with no points.
On the next possession, E.J. Manuel needed only six plays and 1:44 to march 99 2/3 yards down the field for the first points of the game. On the sixth play from scrimmage, Manuel hit WR Kenny Shaw for a 77-yard touchdown pitch and catch -- the longest TD of both Manuel and Shaw's careers.
And that was the ball game.
In a non-competitive college football game, a listless and uninspired Boston College Eagles team was dominated by the Florida State Seminoles, falling 51-7 at Doak Campbell Stadium. The once proud BC defense was gutted for 540 yards, 409 on the ground ... through three quarters. Final tally: 649 total yards, including 448 yards on the ground.
Both of Florida State's Division I-AA opponents -- Murray State and Savannah State -- were able to hold the Seminoles offense to fewer yards.
The narrative throughout the game on the broadcast was all about talent. Florida State is the "34th NFL team" -- after Alabama, obviously -- while Boston College doesn't have the elite talent and athletes to compete with the likes of the vaunted Seminoles. This even caused former Boston College players to bristle a bit on Twitter.
While that is true, this oversimplifies the myriad issues plaguing the current Boston College football team. The announcers correctly called Spaziani out for trying to waste clock in the third quarter, once again quitting on his players and the team. The announcers should have also called Spaz out on his decision to burn DE Malachi Moore's redshirt. That was downright shameful. Not only has Spaz failed to recruit players on the defensive line; he seems set on leaving the program cupboard even more bare than he found it.
If there is a silver lining to this game, it's that Boston College's new Athletic Director Brad Bates was on hand to witness first hand just how far this football program has fallen. Perhaps he'll reconsider his stance on firing Spaz midseason after watching his uninspired BCS football program straight up embarrassed on national television. The season is already lost. How could a midseason change in leadership be any worse for these kids?
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