Saturday, February 5, 2011

2010-2011 Season in Review: Games of the Year

There were not a whole lot of choices to go with here. Most of our games were blowout losses, or unentertaining wins against bad teams. Regardless, here are my top five games of the year.

5) 24-19 loss at FSU

I know we couldn't pull this one off, but this was one of the most exciting games of the year. BC entered Tallahassee huge underdogs coming off a blowout loss to NC State and FSU riding high after their beatdown of Miami. However, BC set the tone on the first play of the game, when Montel broke off a 72 yard run. But the Eagles weren't able to capitalize, settling for a field goal. The much-heralded FSU quarterback, Christian Ponder, struggled for most of the day, turning the ball over four times. BC took the lead in the fourth quarter after a Nate Freese field goal that followed a Jim Noel pick 6. However, FSU's Bert Reed scored on a 42-yard reverse that put the Seminoles up for good.

4) 21-16 Win at Duke

In a game that featured two ACC teams near the bottom of their respective divisions, this one had a lot of fireworks. Chase Rettig threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns, including a 38 yard bomb to Bobby Swigert. In the fourth quarter, BC seemed to be going in for the game sealing score. Up 21-9, Montel Harris carried the ball up the middle for what looked like a short gain. But Harris had the balled stripped away and Duke's August Campbell scooped it up and ran it back for a touchdown. Duke got the ball back one more time on their own 37 with 4 minutes remaining. They took it down all the way to the BC nine, where the Eagles defense made a stand. After three straight incompletions, Duke faced a fourth down with the game on the line. Duke QB Sean Renfree dropped back and threw a quick slant when defensive end Max Holloway leaped into the air and batted the ball down, winning the game for the Eagles.

3) 16-7 Win at Syracuse

In the final game of the regular season, BC matched up with non-conference foe Syracuse. After injuring his knee the week before, star tailback Montel Harris was out for the Eagles. Taking his place, was the unknown Andre Williams. Williams was stellar for BC. On an amazing 42 carries, Andre 3000 (copyright me) ran for 185 yards and a touchdown. The game was sealed with a Mark Herzlich interception with less than a minute to play. Although it was a meaningless non-conference game, Williams gave fans a performance to remember.

2)17-13 Win vs Virginia

In the final home game of the season, Mark Herzlich and the rest of the BC seniors were able to go out in style. Down 10-3, BC tied up the game with 2 minutes left in the first half when Rettig hit freshman Alex Amidon for a 40 yard touchdown pass. But Virginia drove down the field and kicked a 40 yard field goal to take a 13-10 lead into the locker room. But late in the fourth quarter, Andre 3000 broke off by far his biggest run of the season, a 60 yard scamper down to the Virginia 4. Harris finished off the drive taking it in to give BC a 17-13 lead. From there the BC defense took over. In the fourth quarter, Mark Herzlich picked off Marc Verica to cap the game and his amazing career at BC.

1) 16-10 Win vs Clemson

I think this was the game that turned our season around. But it did not look great from the start. In BC's first offensive drive, Chase Rettig threw a bad interception which was returned for a touchdown to give Clemson an early lead. But the freshman responded, leading BC on two straight field goal drives. Down 10-6, BC made a huge play in the second quarter to give the Eagles the momentum. After forcing another Clemson punt, Chase dropped back and found Montel Harris wide open down the sideline. Harris did the rest to put BC up 13-10. Freese added another field goal at the end of the half to put BC up 6. In the second half, it was the aggressive BC defense that took over. With two and a half minutes left in the third quarter, Clemson QB Kyle Parker threw an ill-advised pass that bounced around and ended up in the hands of Donnie Fletcher, keeping Clemson from scoring. While the offense struggled, the defense of the Eagles kept Clemson from getting any points. Then, with under 2 minutes left, Parker rolled left and threw down the sideline where Luke Kuechly stepped in and made a diving interception, ending the game.

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