Saturday, September 24, 2011
Rapid Reaction: BC 45, UMass 17
By Jack McCluskey
NEWTON, Mass. -- Boston College got its first win in its fourth try, beating UMass 45-17.
What it means: Frank Spaziani & Co. are no longer winless. It’s a big weight off their shoulders, as they consistently said they believe the first win is the hardest one to get. Now, they have to hope they built some momentum they can carry forward into the rest of the season.
It can be argued, however, that the Eagles have already played the easy part of their schedule. Left on the docket are road trips to Clemson, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Notre Dame and Miami. The Eagles also have to play Florida State, though at least that game is in Alumni Stadium.
How it happened: The Eagles completely outclassed the Minutemen, their intrastate Football Championship Subdivision opponent.
The Eagles set a new season high for scoring with 24 points in the first half alone. The defense didn’t allow a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter (UMass’ only other TD came on a 102-yard kickoff return by Jesse Julmiste, who set a school record for return yards in the game), forced four turnovers (two interceptions, two forced fumbles) and nearly outscored UMass by itself (17-14).
After averaging 80.7 yards rushing in the first three games, the Eagles piled up 76 yards against UMass in just the first half. Chase Rettig threw one touchdown pass in the first three games; in the fourth game, he had three (setting a career high).
What comes next: The Eagles finish up a three-game homestand when they host Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are 2-1 and will come to Chestnut Hill rested and ready, after an early bye week.
Last time out, Wake Forest flattened Gardner-Webb 48-5.