Posted: 3:05 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
By Brian Favat
The Football Championship Subdivision had already claimed four FBS scalps going into Boston College's season opener against Villanova. Thankfully, the Eagles were able to shake off a sluggish first half filled with penalties, defensive miscues and whatever the hell this was ...
to avoid a similar fate, earning a 24-14 victory over the Football Championship Subdivision's Villanova Wildcats.
BC went into the locker room down 14-7 after Villanova QB Josh Robertson had his way with the Eagles defense. The Eagles were fortunate to be down only seven at the half after Robertson's pass sailed behind a wide open receiver on 4th and goal late in the second half.
To the coaching staff's credit, the Eagles came out with purpose in the second half. Rettig engineered a 7 play, 85 yard drive to open the second half, capped by a 49-yard pitch and catch with Alex Amidon to tie the game at 14. Later in the third, the BC offense needed just two plays to get the go-ahead score on a 26 yard TD run by Andre Williams. Freese added a 39-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 24-14 lead with 5:18 left to go in the fourth quarter.
At times the play calling was frustrating, the penalties maddening and both the OL and defense (all of it) remains a work in progress. But for a program that won just two games last year, we'll take the wins any way they come. Alex Amidon (13 catches, 142 yards, 1 TD), Bobby Wolford (6 catches, 84 yards, 1 TD) and Manny Asprilla had big days for the Eagles, who sent Addazio and the new coaching staff off with a win in their debut on the Heights.
The bad news is that Boston College senior running back Andre Williams (23 carries, 104 yards, 1 TD) left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return.
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