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Boston College’s Offense Struggles in Fight Hunger Bowl Loss

Nevada receiver Rishard Matthews scores on a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press / January 9, 2011)

Boston College started their season inconsistently, the middle stretch mirrored that same performance, and the end concluded the both patterns. In a way, the beginning, middle and end all resembled inconsistency and underachievement.

Despite coming off a five-game winning streak, BC fell to Nevada 20-13 in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. BC started off the season 2-0, before losing five straight that included a 44-17 thrashing courtesy of North Carolina State.

In the win, Nevada benefited from two Rishard Matthews touchdowns. One of which came on a 27-yard pass from Colin Naepernick, the other was a 72-yard punt return to put Nevada ahead 14-7 heading into the second quarter. Matthews ended up with 86 receiving yards on seven receptions.

For the Eagles, their offense was no where to be found as BC only could muster 185 total yards. Freshman quarterback Chase Rettig struggled, throwing two interceptions and completing just 41 percent of his passes. For Rettig, it was the same story all season as he ended a frustrating freshman campaign. The California kid only threw for six touchdowns all season with a pedestrian 51 percent competition percentage.

Moving forward, BC will look to improve for the 2011 season and expect Rettig to only progress. According to Rivals, BC currently has the 30th best recruiting class in the country. The Eagles can thank Brockton, Mass., defensive back Albert Louis-Jean. The 4-star was committed to the University of Miami before decommitting after Randy Shannon was fired. The talent will be there for third year coach Frank Spaziani, who is just 16-11 in his two full years as head coach, including an 0-2 record in bowl games.

The Boosters at Boston College are getting impatient and soon they’ll be expecting this team to play up to level it did when quarterback Matt Ryan was on campus.

Whether Spaziani is the guy who can take this Eagles team to that same success isn’t immediately known, but overtime the answer will be given. Can Rettig be a Matt Ryan? Again, time will tell.

One thing is known, however, and that is that Boston College needs to win more football games and do so quickly.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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