Marquise Williams (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Boston College, 10; North Carolina, 34

Boston College missed a good chance to go above .500 with a poor showing against North Carolina (2-5) at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The Tar Heels hadn’t won since September 7 against Middle Tennessee, and the win was their first in Atlantic Coast Conference play. On Saturday, they outgained the Eagles 392 yards to 261, and their passing defense was especially dominant.

Things started going badly for BC from the very start, when running back Andre Williams lost a fumble in Eagles territory on just the second play from scrimmage. The Tar Heels immediately capitalized, with quarterback Bryn Renner finding wide receiver Ryan Switzer for a 13-yard touchdown. They failed on a two-point conversion attempt, and Williams redeemed himself later in the first quarter with a 56-yard TD run to put Boston College on top 7-6. Continue reading College Football Week 9 Roundup: Disappointing Losses for BC, UMass »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The UMass defense, and the rain, were no match for Buffalo RB Branden Oliver on Saturday. (BuffaloBulls.com)

Massachusetts, 3; Buffalo, 32

UMass never really stood a chance against MAC East-leading Buffalo (5-2), getting manhandled on its trip to upstate New York and dropping to 1-6 on the season. The offense, as has typically been the case this year, was particularly listless in the loss.

The Massachusetts defense managed to hold off the Bulls’ O throughout a scoreless first quarter, but Buffalo got on the board early in the second with a 44-yard field goal by kicker Patrick Clarke. Later in the same period, linebacker Khalil Mack intercepted an A. J. Doyle pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown, and Clarke’s second FG, from 36 yards, gave Buffalo a 13-0 lead. Blake Lucas put the Minutemen on the board with a 42-yard FG of his own as time expired on the first half. Continue reading College Football Week 8 Roundup: UMass Gets Blown Out »

Tags: , , , , ,

Tajh Boyd (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Boston College, 14; #3 Clemson, 24

For the second time in three weeks, Boston College put up a fight against a top 10 team, taking a lead into the fourth quarter before falling to third-ranked Clemson (6-0) at Memorial Stadium. The defense was a particularly bright spot for the Eagles, who fell to 3-3 on the season, against a Clemson team that averages more than 40 points per game.

The Tigers marched downfield on their first drive, but a rare missed field goal by kicker Chandler Catanzaro from just 25 yards was a harbinger of the struggle that lay ahead. Running back Myles Willis scored his first career touchdown early in the second quarter on a 38-yard run to cap off a 10-play, 93-yard drive and put BC on top. The Eagles’ defense recovered two Clemson fumbles and forced two turnovers on downs in the quarter, but the offense came up against the Tigers’ own stout D, with quarterback Chase Rettig having a pass picked off by safety Korrin Wiggins. As time expired in the first half, Catanzaro booted a 35-yard FG to put Clemson on the board.

Continue reading College Football Week 7 Roundup: BC Fights, UMass Finally Wins »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Andre Williams (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Army, 27; Boston College, 48

In a game that almost didn’t take place due to the government shutdown, Boston College improved to 3-2 with an offensive explosion against Army (2-4) at Alumni Stadium. The Eagles’ three wins this season are already more than they had in all of 2012. The game was close throughout the first half, but the Black Knights ultimately couldn’t keep up with BC’s offensive production.

Army scored first, with a 38-yard field goal by kicker Daniel Grochowski on the opening drive, but quarterback Chase Rettig led Boston College 80 yards downfield in just four plays, finally finding running back David Dudeck for a 3-yard touchdown. The Knights’ next drive had only one play: an 80-yard TD pass from QB Angel Santiago to wide receiver Xavier Moss. The Eagles responded with another quick drive, ending in a 34-yard TD run by RB Andre Williams, to retake the lead.

Continue reading College Football Week 6 Roundup: BC Puts up Points, UMass Puts up a Fight »

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Nothing beats college basketball. The sense of passion and excitement that it brings simply embodies the American spirit that is why it is religiously watched by sports fanatics across the country.

College players do not play for big contracts or shoe deals; they play their hearts out for the fans and basically for the love of the game. These are the reasons why many people prefer to watch college basketball games than professional ones. You can just feel the intensity as you watch college players dive for loose balls or drive to the basket. Continue reading College Basketball and Sports Betting: Maximize Your Winning Potential »

Tags: , ,

Jameis Winston (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

#8 Florida State, 48; Boston College, 34

#8 Florida State improved to 4-0 with a win at Alumni Stadium that turned out to be much more hard-fought than the Atlantic Coast Conference-leading Seminoles had bargained for. The fourth highest-scoring offense in the nation successfully overcame some first-quarter jitters, but the 34 points allowed were more than twice their average for the first three games.

The Boston College defense forced a three-and-out on the opening drive, and the offense capitalized with a 36-yard touchdown drive that ended with a six-yard pass from quarterback Chase Rettig to tight end C. J. Parsons. Kicker Roberto Aguayo responded for FSU with a 40-yard field goal, but Rettig recorded his second TD pass before the end of the first quarter, a three-yarder to TE Jake Sinkovec, to make it 14-3.

Continue reading College Football Week 5 Roundup: Eagles Fall Short in Major Upset Bid »

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Austyn Carta-Samuels (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Vanderbilt, 24; Massachusetts, 7

Vanderbilt (2-2) handed UMass its fourth consecutive loss to start the 2013 season (and sixth straight dating back to last year) on Saturday at Gillette Stadium. On this occasion, the Minutemen managed to keep the game close until the final quarter, after a first half which was marred by sloppy offensive play on the part of both teams.

Vandy’s opening drive lasted just three plays before quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels threw a long pass that was picked off by defensive back Randall Jette. Massachusetts failed to capitalize, though, as QB A. J. Doyle fumbled a handoff at midfield, with defensive tackle Adam Butler recovering for the Commodores. The UMass defense stopped Vanderbilt on fourth down on the ensuing drive, but the ‘Dores would score later in the quarter on a 42-yard pass from Carta-Samuels to wide receiver Jonathan Krause.

Continue reading College Football Week 4 Roundup: Minutemen Extend Run of Futility »

Tags: , , , , ,