Saturday, November 19, 2011
Halftime: Notre Dame 13, Boston College 7
By Matt Fortuna
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame enters halftime with a 13-7 lead over Boston College. Here's how it went down:
Turning point: Boston College marched 80 yards on nine plays on its second-to-last drive of the half, ending the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run from Josh Bordner. The score cut the Notre Dame lead to 10-7 and made this a game, as the Eagles will receive the ball to start the second half.
Stat of the half: Notre Dame began three separate drives in the first half from inside its own 6-yard line. The Irish managed as many as 45 yards on one of those drives, but were eventually forced to punt, resulting in a touchback. Boston College then scored on its next drive.
Best player in the half: Boston College's Luke Kuechly became the ACC's career leader in tackles and currently has nine on the day, leading all players. He has one tackle for loss and a pass break-up as well, and he has keyed an Eagles' run defense that has looked very impressive after an awful opening series, holding the Irish to a manageable 5 yards per carry through the first half.