Hurricanes Take Down Eagles in Season Opener, 41-32
Sept. 1, 2012
BOSTON (AP) - Freshman Duke Johnson broke two long touchdown runs, rushing for 135 yards to lead Miami to a 41-32 victory over Boston College on Saturday.
Johnson scored from 54 and 56 yards out for the Hurricanes, and Stephen Morris threw for 207 yards and a touchdown in the season opener for both teams. The schools also played each other in the 2011 finale, when BC beat the Hurricanes in Miami for the first time since Doug Flutie's famous desperation pass in 1984.
Chase Rettig led BC on two quick touchdown drives to open the game, scoring on Andre Williams' 4-yard run on the first drive of the game and then a 15-yard pass to Jake Sinkovec. But Miami tied it before the quarter was over, scoring on Eduardo Clements' 1-yard run and then, on the final play of the first, Denzel Perryman's 41-yard interception return.
After Nate Freese kicked a 26-yard field goal to give BC the lead again, Johnson broke loose from 54 yards out and scored to make it 21-17. BC took the lead with two more field goals, but Miami's Jake Wieclaw answered with one and then Johnson broke another long one.
Rettig completed 32 of 51 passes for 441 yards and two touchdowns for BC, which led 14-0 after its first two possessions. But Johnson's second score made it 31-23, and then the Eagles fumbled the ball away on consecutive drives to start the fourth quarter. That set up a field goal and touchdown to give Miami a 41-23 lead.
BC cut the deficit on Rettig's 17-yard touchdown pass to Tahj Kimble, but it wasn't enough. Late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles came up just short of the goal line on a third-down pass to Spiffy Evans. With the clock below 2:30, Rettig quickly lined up and tried to sneak it in but was stopped for no gain. The play was reviewed and upheld.
Miami took an intentional safety with 4 seconds left rather than punt from deep in its own end zone.
• This was the 29th all-time meeting between the two teams. With the Miami victory, it now has a 24-5 advantage in the series.
• BC is 2-2 in season openers under Coach Spaziani.
• Miami's 41 points is the most allowed by BC since a 44-17 loss at NC State on Oct. 9, 2010.
• Junior FB Jake Sinkovec's 36-yard reception on the game's opening play was the first of his career. His second reception went for a 15-yard touchdown, the first of his career.
• Junior RB Andre Williams' touchdown on the opening drive was the seventh of his career.
• Freshman TE Brian Miller's 19-yard reception in the first quarter was the first of his career.
• Sophomore DB Spenser Rositano recorded his first career interception in the first quarter.
• Sophomore WR Spiffy Evans recorded his first career reception in the first quarter.
• Junior K Nate Freese improved to 14-of-14 in field goals from 20-29 yards with a 26-yard second quarter field goal. The Strongsville, Ohio, native's third field goal from 30 yards made him 14-of-18 from 30-39 yards in his career and gave him his sixth game with 3+ field goals.
• Junior WR Alex Amidon registered his second career 100+ receiving yard game (149) and set a career high with 10 receptions. The last 100+ yard receiver for the Eagles was Colin Larmond, Jr. on Sept. 24, 2011 vs. UMass.
• Junior QB Chase Rettig registered his first career 400+ yard passing game. His 441 was the most since Doug Flutie threw 447 yards against Penn State on Nov. 3, 1984. It ranks sixth on BC's single-game record list. He also tallied career highs in completions (32) and attempts (51).
• Sophomore TE C.J. Parsons recorded his first career reception (7 yards) in the third quarter.
• Senior P Gerald Levano recorded his first career punts for an average of 38.7 yards.
• Sophomore RB Tahj Kimbleset a career high with 8 receptions for 130 yards.
• At halftime BC recognized the late Lou Montgomery, the first African American to play football for the Eagles from 1938 through 1940. A talented running back, Montgomery was not allowed to play in several competitions in the South due to the color of his skin. The Brockton, Mass., native was posthumously inducted into the BC Hall of Fame in 1997.
• Between the first and second quarters, Boston College honored former LB Frank Chamberlin, who lettered for the Eagles from 1996 through 1999. He holds the single-game record for tackles with 25 vs. Syracuse in 1999. Chamberlin was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Weather: 75 degrees, winds out of the east at 12 mph; sunny.
Coin Toss: Miami has won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Boston College will defend the north goal.
Head Coach Frank Spaziani
"First of all, congratulations to Al Goldenand Miami. They came up here, they have some good athletes and they did a good job. I thought we played sloppy. We made some mistakes that hurt us on offense. We certainly moved the ball and did some real nice things. I think we played hard until the end. We made a couple of fumbles and had some turnovers obviously. We had two long runs which we can't have happen on defense. We have to figure out what the problem was. We have to play better defense than that. But there are some good signs there. We have to build on that and move forward."
"That was the disappointing part, our backs not holding the ball."
"That was a winnable game. Not taking anything away from Miami. They deserved to win but we need to play better. We need to catch the ball, hold onto the ball and tackle. Those are the things that we can improve on and we need to."
On the Defensive Effort
"Certainly, defensively we have to play better than that. No one made a play. It didn't look like it. We did fight and stop them a couple of times, but not when we needed to. You can't give up big plays."
"We stopped them sometimes and made some plays but not enough."
On the Offensive Effort
"I thought we moved the ball. I think we did some nice things. I think Chase played well."
On the Effort of Boston College Quarterback Chase Rettig
"He played well enough to win. I think Chase did a good job but we lost. I'm sure he's going to be the first one to say that. He did some nice things. I think he might have had one or two reads that he might have missed but those things are going to happen in games. You're not going to be perfect but he did do some nice things."
On the Play of BC Receiver Alex Amidon
Junior LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
On defensive execution:
"I felt as though we needed to execute a little bit better. We were right in the right spots we just needed to execute a little bit better. We were ready for [the no huddle]. Again, we were in the right spots, we just need to make those plays. The coaches stressed the no-huddle offense. The coaches did a great job preparing us for Miami--just the big plays killed us today. We were able to stop them a lot on defense just need to stop those big plays."
On the linebackers:
"We have a great linebacking core. Nick Clancythe current mike has been doing a great job getting the plays in, making sure the defense is set, making sure everybody's in the right spots. There wasn't a point where we felt like `oh we needed Luke on this play. We have a great linebacking core--we just need to step up."
Junior WR Alex Amidon
On the offense moving the ball:
"Obviously we lost, and we beat ourselves. There were lots of mistakes and plays left on the field, but we can come out of it with something really positive, and that's that the offense moved the ball. That's something to look forward to for next week for sure."
On attacking Miami's defense:
"Lots of film--they kind of ran a lot of the things they ran last year, lots of zone. You see the holes in the zone--Coach Martin did a good job scheming it up. It's just a lot to do with him and Chase. They had a lot of holes pretty early so took advantage of that.
Junior QB Chase Rettig
On the play of Alex Amidon:
"They came out with their gameplan--played zone coverage and blitzed. We just ran slants, he [Amidon] dropped a couple, but we just kept working on them. He had a good game. I just felt like we worked through our progressions, and everything was working for us. Most importantly we've got to score touchdowns instead of field goals."
On new offense:
"We played for 550 yards of offense. I feel like we out-tempoed them. We were calling plays before there D-line was even set. I thought the offense played good. The only thing I can come back to is third-and-ones, we didn't convert a couple of third-and-ones and just not scoring touchdowns when we were in the red zone. We had a couple good looks, a couple good plays--we've just got to finish them. I thought the offensive line played great. I thought the receivers were making plays--could have caught a couple more passes, but I think there were only a couple dropped passes."