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Massachusetts, 41; Miami (OH), 42

Saturday was not the first time UMass has lost a lead this season, but the Minutemen’s collapse in a road loss to Miami (OH) (1-5) at Yager Stadium in a battle of winless Mid-American Conference teams was a debacle for the ages, featuring plenty of turnovers and a complete lack of confidence by the coaching staff in what has to be one of the worst kicking units the Football Bowl Subdivision has seen in a long time.

Massachusetts took the lead on its first offensive drive of the game with an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Blake Frohnapfel to wide receiver Marken Michel. On their next possession, Frohnapfel and running back Shadrach Abrokwah led the Minutemen 71 yards on 12 plays, with the QB finding the RB for a three-yard TD pass and a 14-0 lead. Continue reading College Football Week 6 Roundup: UMass 0-6 After Second-Half Collapse »

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Colorado State, 24; Boston College, 21

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio spoke this week about his team’s inconsistent performance in the season’s first four games, and that was on full display during a home loss to Colorado State (3-1) in the two teams’ second-ever meeting. A strong defensive start gave the Eagles a chance to pull away, but they couldn’t get the job done at the end.

BC defensive back Dominique Williams picked off quarterback Garrett Grayson in Eagles territory less than five minutes in, but the offense couldn’t capitalize. On the Rams’ next offensive drive, it was DB Bryce Jones who intercepted a long Grayson pass in the end zone, and this time the Eagles put together an 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown by running back Jon Hilliman. Continue reading College Football Week 5 Roundup: BC, UMass Cough Up Leads at Home »

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Tyler Murphy (John Quackenbos/Boston College Athletics)

Maine, 10; Boston College, 40

Boston College had little trouble pulling away from FCS rival Maine (1-2) at Alumni Stadium, winning its fifth straight head-to-head meeting with the Black Bears. For the second straight week, the Eagles’ defense put the clamps on the opposition, completely negating the Bears’ running game.

BC got off to a sluggish start, as quarterback Tyler Murphy threw an interception to linebacker Randy Samuels, giving Maine the ball in the Eagles’ red zone. Three plays later, Maine QB Daniel Collins threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Micah Wright. The Eagles responded with a 10-play, 40-yard drive and a 40-yard field goal by Alex Howell to get on the board. Two drives later, Murphy faked a handoff and broke through for a 71-yard TD run and a 10-7 lead. Continue reading College Football Week 4 Roundup: BC Rolls, UMass Gets Steamrolled »

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Tyler Murphy (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

#9 USC, 31; Boston College, 37

Boston College rebounded from a week 2 home loss to Pittsburgh with an upset of ninth-ranked USC (2-1), the Eagles’ first win over a top 10 team since 2004. BC came back from a double-digit deficit to knock off the Trojans, who fell to 17th in the AP rankings. They also got their revenge for a 28-point beatdown in California last season.

USC took the lead halfway through the first quarter with an eight-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cody Kessler to wide receiver George Farmer. Kicker Andre Heidari extended the advantage to 10-0 with a 52-yard field goal, and the Eagles punted in each of their first three offensive drives. Continue reading College Football Week 3 Roundup: BC Upsets USC, UMass Loses Heartbreaker »

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Pittsburgh, 30; Boston College, 20

Boston College fell to 1-1 on the season after dropping its home opener to Pittsburgh (2-0) on Friday night. The game was also the Eagles’ first Atlantic Coast Conference matchup of the season, and Pitt outplayed BC more thoroughly than the final 10-point deficit indicated. The Panthers outgained the Eagles 414-276 in total yards, including 303-142 on the ground, in a reverse of the way BC dominated UMass in week 1.

Pittsburgh got on the board on its opening drive, courtesy of a 49-yard field goal by kicker Chris Blewitt. But the Eagles came right back, taking the lead after a quick drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown by running back Tyler Rouse. Late in the first quarter, BC linebacker Steven Daniels picked off quarterback Chad Voytik and returned the ball 23 yards to Pitt’s 29, but the offense was unable to gain any more ground and kicker/punter Alex Howell missed the ensuing 46-yard FG attempt, leaving the Eagles’ lead at 7-3. Continue reading College Football Week 2 Roundup: BC, UMass Come up Short at Home »

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Tyler Murphy (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Boston College, 30; Massachusetts, 7

Boston College and UMass kicked off the 2014 season with the “Battle for the Bay State” at the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, where the Minutemen will play three of their home games this year. It was certainly reasonable to expect a lopsided affair, after BC returned to postseason play in 2013 while UMass went 1-11 and fired head coach Charley Molnar. But the Eagles lost plenty of starters to graduation and the NFL, so there was no guarantee that the new faces would be able to get the job done.

The two teams went scoreless through a dull first quarter, before BC took the lead early in the second on a 44-yard field goal by punter Alex Howell. After the defense forced a quick three-and-out, regular kicker Joey Launceford capped the next drive with a 28-yarder for a 6-0 lead. The Eagles totaled 25 plays and 143 yards on those two scoring drives, but failed to capitalize in the red zone. UMass had a chance to get on the board before halftime when defensive back Randall Jette picked off a Tyler Murphy pass and returned it 20 yards to the BC 19, but the Minutemen’s offense lost 11 yards on the subsequent drive, which ended with a missed field goal. Murphy then quickly drove the Eagles downfield, but Howell missed his second 44-yard attempt as time expired. Continue reading College Football Week 1 Roundup: BC Pulls Away from UMass on Opening Day »

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Out of the many athletic organizations in America, none has come under more scrutiny recently than the National Collegiate Athletic Association, specifically in football. From the cancellation of EA Sports’ critically acclaimed NCAA Football video game series, to the recent unionization of the Northwestern University players, the NCAA has come under fire for dozens of topics and is in need of a serious fix.

Should athletes be required to stay in college a minimum amount of time before being allowed to go professional? Are athletes compensated enough for their services? How do we fix these problems while making everyone happy? While there is no one perfect solution, we can’t deny that something does need to be done. Continue reading The NCAA: How Can It Be Fixed? »

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