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Football Looks To Rebound Against NC State Saturday

Oct. 14, 2009

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    CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College football team returns to Alumni Stadium Saturday to face former head coach Tom O'Brien's NC State Wolfpack at 3:30 p.m. The game will be aired live by ABC and the BC/ISP Radio Network.

    Both the Eagles and Wolfpack are coming off of ACC losses last weekend. BC lost at No. 4 Virginia Tech, 48-14, while Duke took down NC State in Raleigh, 49-28. Boston College enters the game with a 2-2 mark in the conference (4-2 overall) while the Wolfpack is 0-2 (3-3).

    "It was a struggle down there," senior WR Rich Gunnell said. "We know that we came out flat and you can't come out flat against a team like that, especially in their home stadium. We have definitely put the game behind us. If we see them down the road in the future, we will now how to prepare better."

    Senior captain Mike McLaughlin led a players' only meeting following practice on Sunday to regroup the team following the loss and to emphasize how important Saturday's game is against the Wolfpack. Junior DE Alex Albright said it was beneficial as the Tuesday practice was more spirited than usual.

    "We are a little flat sometimes on Tuesday because of the day off on Monday," he said. "Yesterday was really sharp. Guys were running around a lot more than usual and running to the ball. The coaches didn't seem to be screaming as much. It was a very good practice."

    The game on Saturday marks the second time that former head coach Tom O'Brien returns to Chestnut Hill. The Eagles are 2-0 against O'Brien since his departure with a 38-31 win last year in Raleigh and a 37-17 triumph at Alumni in 2007.

    "I think it's a major aspect for the older guys," Albright said. "It's a friendly thing. It's a good competition. You want to go out and play against the people that recruited you and show them that you still have it."

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