It seemed like the same mistakes that piled up a week ago when Boston College sabotaged themselves in a loss to Miami would find a way to sneak into their matchup with a Maine Black Bears team that would have been more than happy to take advantage.
The Eagles watched one running back, Tahj Kimble, cough the ball up at goal line and another, Deuce Finch, get stripped of the ball at midfield, killing drives that doubtlessly would have had points at the end of them.
They let Maine hang around, controlling the clock with their ground game, experimenting with new quarterback Marcus Wasilewski and assigning junior defensive end Michael Cole the explicit responsibility of harassing BC quarterback Chase Rettig.
But eventually the Eagles got their bearings and in turn their first win, 34-3
After throwing for 441 yards last week – the best passing performance by a BC quarterback since Doug Flutie threw for 447 yards 18 years ago – Chase Rettig threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns, pulling the strings on an offense that went for 385 total yards.
The Black Bears jumped ahead 3-0 when Brian Harvey nailed a 19-yard field goal in the first quarter (the first points Maine had scored against the Eagles since 1915), but when Rettig hit sophomore receiver Spiffy Evans for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter the Eagles started to shake some of the mistakes that had cost them in the early going.
It was the first touchdown Evans's career, and also the first of two scores on the day. In the third quarter, he took a punt 82 yards to the house, the Eagles first punt return touchdown since 2009.
After missing the season opener with a sprained left foot, running back Deuce Finch took the lion's share of the Eagles carries, rushing 17 times for 90 yards.
Boston College hasn't lost to an FCS school since 1978.
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