Football Beats Maine, 34-3
BOSTON (AP) -- Junior quarterback Chase Rettig threw three touchdown passes, and sophomore Spiffy Evans caught one score and ran a punt back 82 yards for another as Boston College beat Maine 34-3 on Saturday.
Junior place-kicker Nate Freese booted two field goals, helping the Eagles (1-1) rebound from a season-opening loss to Miami last week.
The loss was the season opener and the 1,000th game for Maine's program. Brian Harvey had a 19-yard field goal for the Black Bears.
Rettig went 16 of 32 for 219 yards and no interceptions. Junior running back Rolandan Finch carried 17 times for 90 yards.
The longtime hockey rivals were locked in a surprisingly tight battle before the Eagles scored 17 points in the final 7:09 of the second quarter. Boston College broke it open with a field goal and two TDs late in the third.
Maine's Marcus Wasilewski was 20 of 42 for 134 yards and two interceptions.
It was just the seventh meeting between the schools, with the first five coming before 1930.
The Eagles outgained the Black Bears by nearly 100 yards in the opening quarter, but fumbled it away twice and trailed 3-0 after one.
In the second, BC avoided turning the ball over, got its offense on track and marched 62 yards in nine plays with Rettig capping the drive with a 3-yard TD toss to Evans to move ahead 7-3.
Rettig completed a pair of passes for 27 yards, moving the ball deep into Maine's territory, before junior Andre Williams carried to the 3 to set up the score.
After the Black Bears gave the ball back to BC at its own 10 following a botched snap on a punt attempt, the Eagles made it 14-3 on Rettig's 9-yard scoring strike to Johnathan Coleman, who made a nice grab along the back line of the end zone.
Freese's 39-yard field goal with 61 seconds left in the first half made it 17-3.
The Eagles outgained the Black Bears 229-65 in the first half.
Midway into the third, BC safety Jim Noel picked off Wasilewski's pass at the Black Bears' 18. Six plays later, Freese kicked a 20-yard field goal to make it 20-3.
Late in the quarter, Evans backpedaled to handle a long punt, bolted up the middle and raced untouched for the score, making it 27-3.
In the opening quarter, BC marched down to Maine's 14-yard line before Tahj Kimble fumbled it diving toward the goal line. After a replay review, it was ruled that the ball hit the pylon and rolled into the end zone, giving the Black Bears the ball on the 20.
Later in the quarter, Maine's Darlos James recovered Finch's fumble at the Eagles' 10. The Black Bears were unable to punch it into the end zone, though, getting stopped at the 2 before Harvey's field goal.
It was similar to the final quarter of their opening week loss to Miami when the Eagles fumbled the ball away on their first two possessions of the fourth
BOSTON COLLEGE POSTGAME NOTES
At halftime BC recognized nine new inductees into the Varsity Club Hall of Fame. The athletes are: Mark Chmura '91 (football), Maria Cicero '05 (cross country/track & field), Don Fox '57 (hockey), Antonio Granger '98 (basketball), Amy LaCombe '90 (basketball), Mike Mamula '95 (football), Marty McInnis '92 (hockey), Casey Schmidt '03 (soccer), and Lou Tessier '65 (track & field).
BOSTON COLLEGE POSTGAME QUOTES
Head coach Frank Spaziani
"We got our first victory so that's good. I thought we improved in some areas and we need a lot improvement in other areas. First things first, we got a victory. Now we have to build on it and understand that we can do it. Now we have to go do it some more."
On the play of the Eagles in the first quarter:
"I have a new bald spot in the back of my head. It was an inauspicious start. Those things are there. They need to be corrected. We are not going to be able to go the rest of the season, playing the schedule that we play, doing that."
"[After the first quarter] we tried to let our players know it's a football game. It's 60 minutes and you've got to keep playing."
On the defensive stop when Maine recovered a fumble in the red zone:
"Any time you give up the ball in the red zone like that, a field goal is palatable if you will, depending on the situation. The defense did a good job keeping Maine out of the endzone."
On the defense:
"They played well. Maine is well organized. They have a good plan. They are well coached. They understand what they are doing. The defense did some nice things. We were in better position, it looked to me, on some things. Once again, we are going to have to be better in a lot of areas but they did a good job."
On the play of Chase Rettig at quarterback:
"Chase was fine. He had a winning effort. There is a lot of improvement he needs to make off of this one. He's a good player but he made a few mistakes that we need not to make. We need him to be almost perfect. That's what we're looking for."
On the play of Spiffy Evans:
"Spiffy played a little bit better than he practiced. He did some nice things out there. That's his potential. We need to keep doing that."
"We haven't had the real dynamic returner in all the years that I've been here. We try to be fundamentally sound, catch the ball and get up field. I think they outkicked their coverage. We got some blocks and he did what he was supposed to do. That's what will happen if you are fundamentally sound. You'll get something good like that."
On the game next week:
"We're going to a different stratosphere now. We've got two games under our belt. We're going on the road. It's a game that we need to go play well."
"We took some steps forward in areas, but we've got 10 tough games coming up and we've got to get better. There are some good things out there but we've got to get better."
Jr. LB Steele Divitto
On holding Maine to a field goal when it started on the BC 10-yard line in the first quarter:
"It was big. For us, it was a confidence thing. The more stops we get and the better we respond to tougher situations. They really pay dividends down the road. I feel that builds confidence in everyone."
On stopping Maine on third down:
"That is always one of our MOs. You want to stop them on third down, get off the field and get the offense in and give them a shot. The offense did an awesome job taking care of the ball. They were a little sloppy in the beginning, but they responded well."
Sr. LB Nick Clancy
On BC getting the first win of the season:
"I think it's huge. Every year, our first goal is to get our first victory. In a lot of ways, it's the hardest one for us to get. We now have this first win under our belt. We have some momentum now and guys have good energy and our psyche is in a good place right now. I am just ready to see where it goes with Northwestern next week."
On the defense stopping big plays:
"I am really proud of the way the defense played. Last week, we gave up a lot of big plays. During the week, we prepared to stop those big plays. This means everybody doing their jobs, everybody executing the defense that we are in together. We did that today. We barely ran anything other than the base today. We lined up with [Maine], got everyone set and played BC football. We came down and we stopped them."
Jr. WR Johnathan Coleman
On bringing energy to the team:
"From day one, Coach [Aaron] Smith came in and told us [Coleman and Evans] that we're supposed to be the guys who bring the energy. And that's what we try to do every day."
So. WR Spiffy Evans
On celebrating Coleman's touchdown:
"[The coaches] always tell us when a big play happens, to be excited. When [Coleman] got his first touchdown, that had to be one of the greatest moments for me because I got to celebrate with my teammates. He ran away from me; I couldn't catch him...It was better than my punt return for a touchdown because I practice big plays, so I should expect them to come, but for my teammates, we work hard so to see someone else have the glory and I can celebrate with them is better."