Running on empty

BC ground game goes nowhere

BC quarterback Chase Rettig uncorks a fourth-quarter pass as Northwestern linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo brings heavy pressure to the pocket.
BC quarterback Chase Rettig uncorks a fourth-quarter pass as Northwestern linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo brings heavy pressure to the pocket.
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EVANSTON, Ill. — After Boston College running back Rolandan Finch lost a fumble in the third quarter of the Eagles’ 22-13 loss to Northwestern Saturday, quarterback Chase Rettig made sure to include him in a team huddle.

“Everybody makes mistakes,” Rettig said. “A physical mistake, when you do something, it can happen to anybody. It just happens sometimes. What you can’t do is hang your head — just keep playing. The team is going to need you. There are some times where I’ve made mistakes and you’ve just got to keep going forward.”

BC finished with just 25 yards rushing on 21 carries. Finch had 19 yards on eight attempts.

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“We’ve got to run the ball, you can’t win like that,” said BC coach Frank Spaziani.

Said Rettig: “I think they pressured, they had some good calls on our running game. We just have to continue to pass the ball well so that can always be a threat, so that can open up the running game a little bit. Also, we have to get the running game established early for it work for us.”

Clancy kept busy

BC linebacker Nick Clancy finished with 24 tackles, 14 solo.

“I got in a zone, I guess,” Clancy said. “We prepared all week, we studied so much tape. Every formation that came out, we were ready to defend. We weren’t guessing, we kind of knew what to expect. That’s kind of how I made all my plays.”

Northwestern had 560 yards of offense, but did not score a touchdown until its 100th and final snap of the game.

“It’s extremely frustrating, it’s kind of hard to put into words,” Clancy said. “To the average person watching, it’s kind of like they’re just going to let them walk down the field and then they’re going to turn it on in the red zone — that’s not what we’re doing.

“I think our guys battled and our D-line came out and pushed those guys back. It’s just one of those things. I can’t really explain — they made some good plays.”

Well received

Alex Amidon had a team-high nine receptions Saturday for 118 yards. On the season he has 25 catches for 366 yards.

“It’s a combination of offense being what it is and, certainly, Alex,” Spaziani said prior to the game. “He’s in his third year and he’s getting better, he’s understanding what’s happening. He works hard and quarterbacks like to throw it to guys who catch it and work hard and get open. So, put all that together and you have his results so far.”

Nothing’s amiss

BC’s Nate Freese extended his consecutive field goal streak to eight, dating to last season, with a 21-yarder in the opening quarter and a 34-yarder in the fourth. This season, Freese is 7 for 7 on field goals and 8 for 8 on extra points. Freese converted only one field goal in the final seven games last season, a 30-yarder in the season finale against Miami . . . Northwestern has won its last 12 nonconference home games.