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Friday, September 21, 2012
Two lines of thinking on BC's bye week

By Jack McCluskey

Emmett Cleary
Left tackle Emmett Cleary is eager to get back in action.
NEWTON, Mass. -- There seem to be two distinct schools of thought at BC concerning the bye week.

On the one hand, there is the offense.

"I don't personally like having this taste in my mouth for two weeks," left tackle Emmett Cleary said. "That said, though, we need the work. There were certain things on the tape that need to be corrected. We're kind of getting back to basics this week, going a lot of good on good in practice, and just fixing the technical flaws."

The offense managed only 25 yards rushing on 21 carries in the 22-13 loss to the Wildcats, to go with Chase Rettig's 291 yards passing and a touchdown. The Eagles felt they left points on the field, and would love another chance to execute and put those points on the scoreboard.

"So no I don't like it," Cleary said, "I wish we had a game on Saturday, but it's kind of the medicine we need to take to make us better."

On the other hand, there is the defense.

"To be honest with you, I think that it's better that we have the bye," linebacker Nick Clancy said. "Especially guys on defense, we played 98 or 100 snaps, guys were tired after the game. So this bye week is much needed after a game like Northwestern."

The Wildcats ran 100 offensive plays this past Saturday, 60 of them on the ground, and produced 560 total yards that they turned into 22 points. The BC defense was on the field for a whopping 35:56 on the day.

"To have a game this week would be nice, because when you lose you want to go out and get a victory," Rettig said. "But I think it's also beneficial to us to recoup and get healthy again. I think the guys have the right mentality right now.

"We just gotta move forward, that's all you can really do."

The next chance the Eagles will have to get a win comes next Saturday, Sept. 29, at home against No. 10 Clemson.

In the meantime, though, the Eagles will have plenty of time to watch the Tigers take on No. 4 Florida State on Saturday night.

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