What happens when you play with fire? You lose 27-17 @ home to an unranked conference foe. Squib kicking every time you kick-off, passing the ball on 1st and goal from the five, and playing with no sense of urgency for three quarters cost the previously undefeated Eagles a shot at the National Championship & most likely the first Heisman Trophy on Chestnut Hill since Doug Flutie. While putting 415 yards on the Seminole defense through the air and two touchdown passes seems good, its the Heisman hopefule, Matt Ryan's third (11) interception of the night which sealed the fate of Boston College.
1. BC drove all the way down the field on Florida State in the first quarter before a forced pass to reciever Marcus Robinson inside the ten yard line was picked off by cornerback Tony Carter.
2. After a Ryan toss down the sideline BC was set up, once again inside the ten yard line with 1st and goal to go. Two botched runs and an incomplete pass later, Steve Aponivicius misses a field goal wide right. Boston College fails to put points on the board for the second time in the half.
3. 4th Quarter, the Eagles are down 6 and driving on the Seminoles when they arrive inside the ten yard line once again, Boston College throws several incomplete passes, adds a holding penatly & over the line of scrimmage penalty, result = 3 Points. Boston College has successfully shot themself in the foot. Tom O'Brien style.
I take my hat off to Florida State and the semi-unconscious Bobby Bowden they played with excitement all night long and put pressure on Ryan forcing him into making bad decisions. While Ryan's Heisman trophy bid may be done, his success surely won't be, expect him to be one of the top QB's selected in next years pro draft. Next up for Boston College, road games at Maryland and Clemson with a return to 'The Heights' against Miami just after Thanksgiving.
Sidenote: While I'll tell you, and it may be hard to believe, I never actually went to Boston College, my season tickets are a result of my cousins hard work during her years as a student there, members of my family and I still enjoy watching BC Football and will for years to come. As far as "superfrauds" go? I was at Boston College Saturday night in the pouring rain for three hours tailgating before the game, the wind was blistering, the air was freezing, but I was there. That may be a sign of a severe drinking problem, but to me I can't get enough of the college football atmosphere and there is only one real D-1 Football Program in the state to cheer for, so I do. Fraud that.