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The forecast for Eagles’ bowl remains clouded

By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / November 28, 2010

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Phase 1 is over for Boston College, and it ended on the highest possible note. After a five-game losing streak dropped the Eagles to 2-5, and led to voices of doom coming at coach Frank Spaziani and his staff from every direction, BC finished its regular season yesterday with a 16-7 victory over Syracuse.

It was the Eagles’ fifth consecutive win and moved them to 7-5.

“It’s really satisfying, especially because it’s the last game of the year,’’ said senior left tackle Anthony Castonzo, part of an offensive line that helped freshman Andre Williams rush for 185 yards. “It’s like the culmination of everything we worked for. The offensive line was able to take over and I’m happy we did it in the last game and on the drive [that produced the go-ahead touchdown by Williams].

Until yesterday, the consensus was that BC was headed to San Francisco for the second consecutive year, to play a Western Athletic Conference team in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Jan. 9.

Boise State, or Nevada, which shocked the Broncos Friday night, loom as the opponent for an Atlantic Coast Conference squad filling a spot created because the Pac-10 will not have enough bowl-eligible teams.

But BC now could be positioned for the ACC’s fourth bowl slot, which puts the Sun Bowl in El Paso Dec. 31 against a Pac-10 team (probably Arizona) in play.

At the very least, the loser of the ACC championship game (between Florida State and Virginia Tech) would play in the Sun. But the Chick-fil-A Bowl has designs on the lucky loser.

BC, Miami (which lost to South Florida yesterday), and Georgia Tech would be viable options for El Paso. However, last night, sources close to the Sun Bowl said that it would be going with Miami.

Some free time
Spaziani said he would give his players time off until the end of this week, when he will have a better idea of the bowl game and the practice schedule . . . BC held Syracuse to 238 total yards, only 91 rushing . . . The Eagles played almost an error-free game: no fumbles, one interception, and only one penalty for 5 yards.

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