Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Recap: Nevada 20, BC 13
A rollercoaster season of ups and downs for BC fans ended on a bad note on Sunday night.
Taking on Nevada's high powered pistol offense, the BC defense stood its ground, giving up just 13 points to a team that averages just over 38 a game, but go no help from Chase Rettig and the Eagles offense.
However, BC fans saw a glimmer of hope with 8 and a half minutes left in the first quarter. After Mark Herzlich forced a fumble and BC recovered, freshman tailback Andre Williams scampered for a 30 yard touchdown run on the very next play. Montel Harris was scheduled to get the start in the backfield, but could not go. However, Williams had difficulty finding running room for the rest of the game, finishing with just 70 yards on 19 carries.
Nevada's pistol attack answered right back. The Wolf Pack drove 77 yards in 10 plays. The drive ended in a 27-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick to a wide open Rishard Matthews. Matthews struck again after a BC three and out on the next possesion. Lined up as a punt returner, Matthews fielded the punt and went around the right edge and outran everyone to put Nevada up 14-7. The Pack added a field goal to go into the locker at half up by 10.
Chase Rettig and the BC offense really struggled after Williams' run, only gaining 155 total yards. But the Eagles were kept in the game by their defense. A Luke Kuechly interception set up a field goal by Nate Freese. After another field goal, the BC offense found themselves with a chance to tie the game, with 3 minutes on the clock at their own ten yard line. However, after a 32-yard completion to Chris Pantale, Rettig threw his second pick of the night which sealed the game for the Pack.
Rettig finished the game 14/34 for 121 yards and two interceptions. On the other side, Nevada's Colin Kaepernick was 20/32 for 192 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The loss ends BC's season with a record of 7-6. The Eagles now head into the offseason with lots of question marks on the offensive side of the ball.