Boston College Falls To No. 8 Florida State, 48-34
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College started quickly, but could not sustain the momentum and fell to No. 8 Florida State, 48-34, in front of 40,129 fans at Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles (2-2, 1-1 ACC) took an early 14-3 lead in the first quarter, but the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 ACC) went on tally 21 straight points in the second quarter and record four touchdowns in the second half, including an interception return, to claim the victory.
Senior quarterback Chase Rettig completed 18-of-28 passeson the day with 197 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes. He threw two interceptions. Classmate Andre Williams rushed for 149 yards for his third 100-yard performance of the season and the eighth of his career. He surpassed the 2,000-yard mark, bringing his career total to 2,067 yard, good for 13th in BC record books.
Freshman running back Myles Willis recorded his first career receptions, earning 69 yards on four catches and tallying his first career TD. He also amassed 28 yards on the ground on five carries. Junior tight end C.J. Parsonscaught two of Rettig's passes for touchdowns for the first two of his career.
FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was 17-of-27 for 330 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. The BC defense held running back Devonta Freeman to 49 yards on nine carries, but Winston rushed for 67 more. Kelvin Benjamin led Seminole wide receiving core with 103 yards on three carries.
Boston College controlled the first quarter, taking a 14-3 lead in the first 15 minutes before Florida State came back to outscore the Eagles, 21-3, and go into halftime with a 24-17 lead.
The Eagle defense forced the Seminoles to go three-and-out to start the game, after winning the coin toss and electing to receive in the second half. After two incomplete passes, senior defensive lineman Kaleb Ramseysacked Winston for a loss of 11 yards. The Eagles defense had three sacks on the night.
Junior Spiffy Evansreturned a 41-yard punt 19 yards to set the BC offense up and Williams ran it six times for 21 yards to set Rettig up for a six-yard pass to Parsons for his first career touchdown with just under 10 minutes to play in the first quarter.
Florida State got on the board with a 40-yard field goal from Roberto Aguayo, but the Eagles came right back to tack on seven more and take a 14-3 lead with 1:46 to go in the first quarter. Rettig connected with sophomore Brian Miller on a 26-yard pass for the longest of the wide receiver's career. Two plays and a FSU unsportsmanlike call later, Rettig hit senior tight end Jake Sinkovec, who avoided one tackle and stepped into the end zone for his first touchdown of the year and second of his career.
Senior Nate Freeseconnected on a 24-yard field goal to increase the BC lead to 17-3 at the 11:19 mark in the second quarter, but the Seminoles scored the next 21 points, taking the lead without looking back.
A 56-yard touchdown pass to Greene with 10:35 to go in the first half made it a 17-10 game. FSU tied the game with just under two minutes to play on a seven-play, 80-yard scoring drive as Winston hit Chad Abram for a 10-yard TD pass. The Seminoles took the lead after the Eagles rushed three straight times without getting a first down. Starting on his own 40-yard line, Winston was sacked by senior defensive end Kasim Edebalifor a loss of nine yards, but Devonta Freeman rushed for 14 yards on second-and-19 and Winston threw 55 yards into the end zone to Kenny Shaw as time expired, after side stepping multiple tacklers.
Willis started the third with a 71-yard kickoff return to set up Freese for a 24-yard field goal. The Seminoles answered with a nine-play, 75-yard drive, capped off with 10-yard TD pass to Greene to make it a 31-20 game at the 9:06 mark. They added seven more almost six minutes later on a nine-play, 60-yard drive after reaching the BC 16-yard line on a pass interference call.
With just over two minutes to play in the third quarter, Rettig connected with Willis for a 52-yard touchdown pass on a five-play, 79-yard drive for the first TD reception of Willis' young career. The pass was the longest of the season for Rettig.
Winston came right back, hitting Bejamin with a 41-yard pass and then on third-and-12, rushing for 20 yards. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Eagles held the Seminoles to a 20-yard field goal with less than a minute off the clock. P.J. Williams intercepted Rettig on the 20-yard line and returned it for a touchdown to make it a 48-27 game.
After a 10-yard gain on the ground by Rettig for a first down and a 24-yard rush by Williams, the BC quarterback found Parsons in the end zone for the second time, cutting the lead to 48-34, with almost 10 minutes to go in the game.
With six minutes left in the game and third-and-seven for FSU, junior defensive back Manuel Asprilla deflected Winston's pass to classmate Dominique Williams to give BC the ball back. After Rettig coverted a fourth-and-five to Miller for an eight-yard gain, sophomore running back David Dudeckcaught a 20-yarder to advance the ball. BC threatened on FSU's 21-yard line, but Rettig was interception by Nate Andrews on the one.
Boston College Game Notes
Boston College Defense
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Weather:68 degrees, winds from the northeast at nine miles per hour
Coin Toss:BC won the toss and deferred to the second half. Florida State received the opening kickoff and defended the north end zone to start the game.
Boston College Postgame Quotes
Head Coach Steve Addazio
"Obviously we have a very disappointed locker room right now. I told our players in the locker room, that I was extremely proud of their effort. I was extremely proud of how hard they played and the way we came back from adversity after half time. I thought our team played with a lot of pride and a lot of toughness. We made plays. We gave up too many big plays. I told them that there are no moral victories in football. While I am proud of their effort, and I really am proud of their effort, I want them to absorb that feeling of what it takes to compete with the number eight team in the country."
"You come out of that game and you don't feel good at all because it's all about winning. That's all that matters is winning. But you feel like you've got the foundation in place of a team that's going to battle and be tough. We have to have a great day tomorrow and we have to come back next week with the same effort and the same intensity. We've got to get ready to play the same level that we played at this week, we have to play on Saturday. That won't be easy. That's the challenge but that's what it is, week in and week out. That's the grind. I want our team to learn that and I want them to embrace it. That's the challenge that we have."
"I don't think anybody walked out of that stadium feeling like their team didn't fight, feeling like they didn't compete. I don't think that's the case."
"That's what's so important in this message. I told them don't walk out of here with a smile on your face thinking that you got some moral victory because you didn't. We lost the game. Bottle the feeling of what it takes to win with the effort and the intensity with laying it all on the line with no guarantee that success is going to follow it. Then you're going to win your share of games."
On the last play of the first half resulting in a Florida State touchdown
"It was devastating giving up that big play before the half. We had the kid on the ground but we came right back out of there. We popped that kickoff return back, scored a field goal, came back and fought them."
"I am upset about the big plays. We let up too many big plays on defense. You can't do that. That's upsetting to me."
"We played that game physically enough to win it. We gave up too many big plays and that cost us a football game. That didn't have to happen."
On the play of the BC Special Teams
"We brought a kickoff return almost back to the house. We brought a couple of punts back. You saw the emergence of our special teams for the first time this season. Our special teams were a positive factor."
Senior DE Kasim Edebali
On the defensive game plan:
"We came in with a great game plan and that's keep playing aggressive. We try to get after the quarterback and if you do that a lot and keep playing aggressively, there might be a couple of holes in the back end. Whenever there was a hole on our end, FSU made sure to execute."
Senior OL Ian White
On the offense's execution: "I talked to you earlier in the week and I said every play works if you execute. If you look at the first half, we executed our plays and ran the ball physically like we wanted to do. We had the game where we wanted it." On Florida State responding:
"If you run downhill and hit them in the mouth enough, they're going to start stepping back and playing around the blocks instead of through them. There were times when I felt like we had them there. I thought there were times when we had them backing up on the ropes."
Senior RB Andre Williams
On learning from the loss:
"I think this game was invaluable in [terms of] experience. Just comparing it to how we came out of the half against USC, we might have let a little air out of the bag. We came in the locker room and found a way to keep our energy up and play another half of football."
On true freshman RB Myles Willis:
"Myles is a really great kid. He has sweet feet and he's fast. He really gave us a boost when he got that wheel route for the touchdown and on the kickoff return. He's fast. We should have taken better advantage of that field position but now we know he is a weapon out there."
Senior QB Chase Rettig
On what he took away from the game:
"Looking back at the game, we were right there. We had a lot of guys working hard and sticking together. We were really good up front on offense. They played so hard. We kept fighting, trying to get back in the game and I think we did a good job of that. There are a lot of good things to take from this game moving forward. No moral victories. I'm sure we will see some success down the road."
On the team's difference from last year:
"The coaching staff is just doing a good job with us, motivating us and making us play for one another. If you're speaking offensively, we are so much better up front and are able to run the ball. There are a couple of plays that determine the outcome - and we made a lot today - but versus a team like that you have to be perfect."
On Myles Willis:
"He has a lot of speed. Our special teams did a good job blocking and he hit the hole. He had a big reception and some nice runs. We know what he can be and what he can do on the field. Our coaches have done a really good job putting him certain plays where we go to him."
Freshman RB Myles Willis
On his effort:
"Today I had to give more than I ever have. I definitely didn't have to give that much in high school. To have that production, make some big plays, give all you have and still come out with a loss really hurts."