The much anticipated collegiate debut of Boston College freshman quarterback Chase Rettig turned into only a cameo apperarance instead of beginning ogf a new era at QB tonight at Alumni Stadium as the Eagles dropped a 31-13 decision to Notre Dame and Rettig was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury.
Even more disheartening for the Eagle fans was that Rettig's season might be finished, if the injury is more than a sprain.
Notre Dame 21, Boston College 7
It started poorly for BC--the Irish took the opening kickoff to the 50 and it got worse and worse and worse before there was final a sign of life in the final seconds of the first quarter.
First the bad news for the Eagles, who were being led by freshman quarterback Chase Rettig, making his collegiate debut. The defense, which had been so stout through the first three games of the season, was porous from the start.
After the opening kickoff return, ND quarterback Dayne Crist took the Irish quickly down the field, sparked by a 30 yard run by running back Armando Allen, who went from the BC 37 to the 7 on quick slither through the line. Crist rolled the final seven yards around his right side on the next play and the Irish led 7-0 less than two minutes into the game.
Now it was time for Rettig's debut. The true freshman had replaced starter Dave Shinskie after last week's 19-0 loss to Virginia Tech. Neither Rettig nor the offense could do anything on the Eagles first series. Or second series. Or third series. Rettig's first completion was to back up running back Sterlin Phifer for a loss of one yard.
While that was happening. Crist was taking the normally reliable Eagle defense apart on series after series. A two-yard play action pass resulted in a TD to tight end Kyle Rudolph which made it 14--0 with 9:59 left in the first period.
It got worse when Crist took the Irish 72 yards in 7 plays, picking up the final 21 yards on a TD pass to Theo Riddick which made it 21-0 with 7:12 remaining in the period.
Facing an embarrassing pounding, the Eagles and Rettig, finally found their game faces in the final minute of the period. After picking up their first down of the game, Rettig threw the first TD pass of his career when he rolled out and hit a wide open Bobby Swigert for a 58 yard TD pass, which made it 21-7.
Notre Dame 24, Boston College 13
The news of the quarter and of the game thus far was the injury to his left ankle suffered by Chase Rettig, who was taken to the locker room to have his ankle x-rayed after he threw an incomplete pass and was hit as he threw..
After Rettig had revived the BC offense and energized the sellout Alumni Stadium crowd with his touchdown pass to Swigert, Notre Dame got generous, fumbling the ball away twice which gave BC and Rettig legitimate scoring opportunities.
Rettig brought the Eagles down the field following the first fumble which was recovered by linebacker Luke Kuechly at the ND 45. He got as far as the 31 but was hit as he threw an incompletion intended for tight end Chris Pantale but came up limping, favoring his left ankle. The Eagle drive stalled, but Nate Freese came in and kicked a 49-yard field goal to cut the ND lead to 21-10 with 11:32 left in the first half.
With Rettig still on the sidelines as the medical staff checked out his ankle, sophomore Mike Marscovetra trotted into the game but could do little until little when Notre Dame gave up the ball again, fumbling on its own 14..
The Eagles again stalled again, but Freese came in booted a 25-yard field goal which cut the Irish lead to 21-13. Notre Dame quickly responded when Dave Ruffer b theooted a 37-yard field goal, which increased the Irish lead to 24-13.
Rettig went into the BC locker room to have his left-ankle x-rayed, which left the BC offense in limbo as the half ended.3rd Quarter
Notre Dame 31, Boston College 13.
With Rettig knocked out of the game, BC was again in an offensive wasteland. Notre Dame took advantage with another sustained, ball control scoring drive, moving 76 yards in 14 plays with RB Armando Allen slicing through a huge hole in the middle of the line for a 2-yard TD, which increased the ND margin to 31-13 with 4:39 left in the quarter.
As the game moved into the fourth quarter, the Eagles were indeed flying low.
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