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Boston College Falls To USC, 35-7

Mehdi Abdesmad sacks Southern California QB Cody Kessler in Saturday's 35-7 loss to the Trojans in L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

Mehdi Abdesmad sacks Southern California QB Cody Kessler in Saturday's 35-7 loss to the Trojans in L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

Sept. 14, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - Boston College fell, 35-7, to Southern California at the LA Coliseum in front of 62,006 fans on Saturday afternoon as senior quarterback Chase Rettig returned to his home state, as he grew up in nearby Sierra Madre.

Starting his 35th straight game for the Eagles, the signal caller completed 11-of-23 passes for 83 yards. Senior running back Andre Williams, who rushed for 318 yards in Boston College's first two games, was held to 38 yards on 17 carries.

Meanwhile, USC's Cody Kessler passed for 237 yards and two touchdowns and Tre Madden became the first Southern California player to open a season with three straight 100-yard rushing games in 32 years.

The Trojans (2-1) amassed 521 yards in total offense while holding the Eagles (2-1) to just 184 yards.

Kessler put USC ahead for good by capping an 86-yard drive on the Trojans' second possession with a five-yard pass to Madden, who gained 102 yards on 16 carries in becoming the first USC player to surpass 100 yards rushing in the first three games of a season since Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen accomplished the feat in 1981.

Kessler and Lee teamed up on an 80-yard pass play early in the second period for a 14-0 lead.

The Eagles, who have already matched their win total of last season, reached the USC 46-yard line midway through the third quarter before Williams was thrown for a one-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 play.

The Trojans made it 21-0 by scoring on a 30-yard run by Madden. Justin Davis scored on a 17-yard run early in the final period to extend USC's lead to 28-0.

Freshman running back Tyler Rouse scored his first career touchdown on a 29-yard run with 10:40 left. He recorded three carries for 38 yards on the day.

USC's Max Wittek completed both of his passes for 22 yards, and his two-yard TD run with 4:22 to play completed the scoring.

The BC defense tallied two sacks on the afternoon - one for an eight-yard loss by junior lineman Mehdi Abdesmad and one for a six-yard loss by classmate Josh Keyes - totaling nine on the season so far, which surpasses the six from all of 2012.

The Eagles have a bye week before they host No. 8 Florida State at Alumni Stadium on Sept. 28.

Boston College Game Notes

Team Notes

  • Boston College loses its first game of the 2013 season and falls to 0-4 in the all-time series against Southern California, including a 0-2 mark at L.A. Memorial Coliseum.  BC previously fell to USC, 23-17, in September 1987.  The teams will meet, and concluded a two-game, home-and-home series in Chestnut Hill, Mass. next season.
  • True freshman RB Tyler Rouse became the sixth BC player to score a touchdown through three games this season.

Individual Notes

  • True freshman RB Tyler Rouse's 29-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter marked the longest run of his young career and the first touchdown of his career.
  • Through three quarters, senior P/K Nate Freese had punted seven times for an average of 51.6 yards.   Of Freese's seven punts, four were pinned inside the USC 20 yardline.
  • Senior TE Mike Naples 13-yard reception in the first quarter marked his first reception of the season.
  • Junior DL Mehdi Abdesmad's second-quarter sack of Cody Kessler marked his first of the season.
  • Sophomore LB Josh Keyes' third-quarter sack of Cody Kessler marked his second solo sack of the season.  He now has 2.5 sacks this season.

Attendance:  62,006 | Weather: 83 degrees, sunny; SW wind at 7 MPH | Coin Toss:  USC won and elected to receive

Boston College Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Steve Addazio

"I'm obviously disappointed in the outcome. I don't think we executed well at all. We gave up some 550 yards and on offense and we gained only 185-200. We didn't do much on either side of the ball. Collectively as a team we didn't play like we have to. We have to get off the field on defense and get good field position on offense, try to control the ball and get the thing in the fourth quarter and that didn't happen.

"I said all week we had to sustain their early shot, the early barrage. They had their backs against the wall. I felt we kind of survived that and got going a little on offense but then we stalled. Then they went on a long drive and we didn't really respond with an equal drive and (the game) turned.

"We felt good at the half and that we would regroup and respond but it didn't happen. Offensively we didn't make it happen and we couldn't stop them. Offensively we didn't pick up the pace. We had a collective let down in the third quarter that was severe. I'm anxious to see the tape on that and exactly see where all the breakdowns were.

"They did a good job of running and throwing and we couldn't get off the field and it wore down the defense. Then we had a period of time when we were three and out. We only touched the ball like 21 times in the first half. In the second half we needed to sustain drives and get field position but it didn't happen.  We have to play great defense, get field position and run the ball well. I told the team after the game that I would wait to see the film. I don't feel like we got beat up on either side of the ball but we didn't run the ball well and they did. Why? We need to take a look at that.

Defensive End Kasim Edebali

"We need to get back in the film room and see what we need to improve and come back a better team.

"Our mindset, it doesn't matter what the score is. There wasn't a point where `this is it'. We keep fighting the entire time. That's how we're coached."

(On USC's late first half fumble that the Trojans recovered)

"As coach pointed out, if you get an opportunity like that, you can't miss it. Those are the opportunities against a great football team that you have to take advantage of to win."

"They're good. They executed better than we did and hit a couple big plays which was frustrating."

 Quarterback Chase Rettig

(On facing USC's defense)

"They did everything we thought they would do. They just played better than us today. That's about it."

 (On playing in Southern California, where he's from)

"The biggest thing was getting to see my family. We wish the team would've played better as a whole. We just need to move forward and make the corrections."

 (On first half offensive struggles)

"We came out and moved the ball pretty well. We had some drives going and they just stopped. We have to do a better job on first down and our third down situations weren't good. We can't have that with our offense ... They just beat us today and we have to make the corrections."

(On USC loading up the box to take away the run game)

"That's how most teams play us. We have a lot of guys tight and they have a lot of guys tight, it's common sense. We had big running plays against them, but then we had a TFL or a run of no gain and then you're second and 10. We want to run, but you can't trying to get back to third and short."

 Right Tackle Ian White

"They came out and played pretty well. I thought we came out and had the right mindset and wanted to run the ball downhill, but they did a good job of stopping it.

 "Every play, doesn't matter what they call, if we do our job, it will split. But we didn't execute early. Had a few nice plays but we need more."

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