Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Daily Links -11/29/10



Kuechly named to AFCA All-American team.

Also, along with Kuechly, Montel and Castonzo were named All-ACC First team.

BC Hockey beat Vermont Sunday.

WEEI had an article on Gene and the Conte Forum.

BC could be headed to the Sun Bowl after Miami's firing of coach Randy Shannon.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rapid Reaction: Eagles' second half surge leads to route of Cal


BC dominated the Golden Bears in the second half to take third place in the Old Spice Classic.

-BC outscored Cal 33-15 in the second half. Led by Joe Trapani, the Eagles stretched their lead from 4 to as much as 23.
-Freshman Danny Rubin was impressive, hitting some clutch threes. This guy is a sharpshooter and can really help us.
-Reggie Jackson scored just 11 points, but I was happy to see he wasn't forcing too much like he was in the Wisconsin game.
-Overall, I think it was a very successful weekend for the team. They picked up two solid non-conference wins, while playing a very good Wisconsin team tough for a half. This should give the team confidence going forward.
-The Eagles head home to take on Indiana on Wednesday night as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. This is a chance to get another nice little non-conference win. Go BC!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Recap: BC 16, Syracuse 7



With Montel Harris out for the season, many fans (like me)worried about BC's offense without the star tailback. Well, worry no longer.

True freshman Andre Williams stepped up in a big, big way. On 42 carries, Williams rushed for 185 yards. He also had a one-yard touchdown run to cap off the first offensive drive in which he ran for 42 yards. Williams may have just offered a glimpse into the future for BC fans.

Kicker Nate Freese connected on two field goals (27,29) in the first half, and the Eagles entered the locker room up 6-0. However, Syracuse came out fast in the second half. The Orange received the kickoff, and, led by Antwon Bailey and Ryan Nassib, drove 80 yards down the field, ending in a 5 yard TD run by Bailey.

But then BC answered, with a 78 yard drive that set up Williams' touchdown run. That's when the stout BC defense took over, only allowing 42 total yards the rest of the game. Mark Herzlich sealed the deal with his interception with just a minute and a half to go.

Chase Rettig finished the game 11/19 for 110 yards and one interception.

The win gave the Eagles their fifth straight win to close out the season. It also guarantees another winning season for the 12th straight year, a school record.

Rapid Reaction: BC takes down Syracuse on the legs of Andre WIlliams

The future certainly looks bright for BC.

-Andre Williams was a straight up beast. With 42 carries, Andre 3000 ran for 185 yards and a touchdownn. I said in the press pass that I didn't want him to get too many carries, well boy was I wrong. Williams is a tough, hard nosed runner, that caught me by surprise.
-Rettig was alright. Not as good as the last few games, but he was not needed as much. That INT was a head scratcher, but I guess he is just a freshman.
-The game was won on the first offensive drive of the second half. After, 'Cuse just had a long drive for a touchdown, the BC offense ran the ball down the Orange's throat and capped off the drive with a one yard TD run by Williams.
-Besides that opening drive in the second half, the defense played well. We stopped the run and forced Nassib to try and beat us, and he couldn't. Damik Scafe and Kaleb Ramsey were monsters. Kuechly was Kuechly, hopefully the Butkus award people were impressed.
-Great to see Herzy get that pick at the end. This guy is amazing and I'm going to miss him next year.
-BC will most likely head to San Fran again this year for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Some may be upset with that, but we are going to a bowl. That is something nobody thought we could do halfway through the year. Go BC!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pre-Game Press Pass: Boston College at Syracuse

For the first time since the days of the Big East, the Eagles will travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange in the regular season finale. As you probably know, Montel Harris will not play, which means freshman Andre Williams will get the start at running back.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Andre Williams' Carries

Montel, obviously, is one of the best backs in the country, and one of the reasons is that he gets stronger as the game goes on. This allows Tranq to keep feeding it to him. Williams, however, is a different back. He's a bigger guy who has yet to carry the load by himself. I hope to see Andre get about 18-20 carries, with McCluskey getting a few as well.

DIFFERENCE MAKER: Chase Rettig

Chase has gotten better and better each week and looks like a great QB in the making. However, he also has had a great run game with a great running back behind him. With all respect to Andre, he is not Montel and the run game will not be as effective today. This is where the game falls on Rettig's shoulders. If he can pick up key third downs, we will win this game.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: 'Cuse at the Dome

Although Syracuse is bowl eligible for the first time in a while, the Orange have struggled at home. They are just 2-3, with their two wins coming against Maine and Colgate.

PREDICTION: BC-24 Syracuse-14

I think Syracuse is a program on the rise, but I believe the Eagles solid defense forces some turnovers and the offense capitalizes and the Eagles walk away with their 7th win. Go BC!

Rapid Reaction: Eagles lay an egg in second half and fall to Wisconsin

Well, where do I start?

-BC just fell apart in the second half. After going in to the locker room with a three point lead, the offense came out sloppy and the defense couldn't stop anybody on Wisconsin. The Eagles were also outhusled by the Badgers on both ends of the floor.
-Joe Trapani had a miserable game. Big Joe just wanted to fire up (and miss) long range threes. He seems like he is trying to create his own offense, rather than going through the system.
-After his quick start, Reggie cooled off dramatically and, like the team, played pretty poorly up until the final couple minutes.
-As bad as the second half was, it was good to see the guys not give up. During the last minute surge, I could only imagine what the final would have been with Skinner still coaching. Hats off to Donahue for not letting his players quit.
-BC gets the day off tomorrow and then returns to action on Sunday to take on the loser of Cal/Notre Dame in the third place game. Hopefully Cal wins so we can see the Holy War on the court!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Rapid Reacton: Eagles defeat Texas A&M in first round of Old Spice Classic

Wow! Hopefully you had your turkey after the game, because if you didn't, you probably lost it during the final couple of minutes.

-Reggie Jackson led the team with 21 points and 3 assists. Reggie is hands down our best player and will carry this team throughout the year.
-For much of the game, our half court offense looked terrible. Too many times guys looked lost and confused out there, especially the reserves. I understand this is a new system with a new coach, but I thought we would be better at this point.
-The Eagles went 9-19 (47%) from beyond the arc, it certainly looks like we will live and die by the three this year.
-I really liked our defense. Mixing up between the zones and the man-to-man seemed to throw off the Aggies at times
-Our game management, was not the greatest the last few minutes of the game. Fouling on a three, Trapani deciding to drive for a tough layup, and letting Harris drive all the way the hoop with no help were all mental mistakes, but I expect these to get cleaned up.
-The Eagles move on the second round of the Old Spice Classic. They take on Wisconsin tomorrow at noon. First ever Pregame Press Pass will come either tonight or tomorrow morning! Go BC!

What to expect from Boston College Sports Blog

As promised, I decided to write a post explaining what you can find on this new blog.

Obviously, it is a blog, and my opinion will be a big part of it. Because BC does not have strong media coverage, you can come here for some real perspective. In addition to my thoughts, everyday (hopefully), there will be a daily links posts. Here you can get links to articles online that have, in one way or another, have something to do with Boston College athletics. Also, for every game, (well, at least football and basketball) I will have a preview, known as the press pass, before the game, along with rapid reactions and game recaps.

I am also currently working on setting up a twitter account, where I will tweet blog updates, news, and my occasional two cents.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Welcome


Well, this is the first post of (hopefully) many. This blog will be all about all things Boston College athletics, coming from a die-hard Eagles fan. Because I am new to this, it will take me a little while to master this site, so please bear with me. I hope to have another post up soon explaining what you can expect from this blog. Tell your friends! Thanks and GO BC!