Instant Analysis: Notre Dame 21, BC 6

NEWTON, Mass. -- Instant analysis from Boston College's 21-6 loss to No. 4 Notre Dame at a packed Alumni Stadium on Saturday night:

How it happened: Notre Dame scored first, taking the air out of the Eagles' upset hopes, and was never seriously threatened after a brief scare in the opening half.

With Notre Dame driving, up 7-3 in the second quarter, Steele Divitto forced and then recovered a fumble for BC. But the Eagles' offense couldn't turn the possession into points, forced to punt after Chase Rettig's pass for Alex Amidon was broken up on third-and-10 from the Irish 40-yard line.

Everett Golson and the Irish then executed a 16-play, 87-yard scoring drive of their own, culminating in a 7-yard TD pass from Golson to Troy Niklas that put the visitors up 14-3.

Notre Dame scored on the first possession of the third quarter, making it 21-3 and essentially ending any chance of drama.

What it means: BC falls to 2-8 (1-5 ACC), while No. 4 Notre Dame improves to 10-0. With No. 1 Alabama upset at home by No. 15 Texas A&M earlier Saturday, this game had major implications for the Irish.

There was no letdown, as the favorites were in control from start to finish.

What's next: The Eagles will host Virginia Tech on Saturday at Alumni Stadium, the last home game of the 2012 season.

It's been a rare down season for Frank Beamer & Co., who lost 28-22 to No. 10 Florida State on Thursday night in Blacksburg, Va. The Hokies are just 4-6 (2-4 ACC) in 2012.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.