Boston College Falls To USC, 35-7
Sept. 14, 2013
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
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.
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."