Boston Colleges: Jonas Gray

End of third: Irish 13, BC 7

November, 19, 2011
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame has let Boston College hang around for longer than it has any reason to through three quarters. Will it come back to bite the Irish?

Tommy Rees' erratic day finally reared its ugly head with a third-quarter interception by the Eagles' Max Holloway. Rees had several near-picks in the first half that, fortunately for him, bounced harmlessly to the ground.

The Irish start the fourth quarter from the BC 48 with a chance to score and put the Eagles away once and for all, something they have struggled to do all day long. The offense has looked stagnant, and it is not a stretch to say that the players may just be shaken up after watching senior running back Jonas Gray leave the game with what looks like a serious leg injury.

Gray hobbled back to the locker room and appeared to be on the verge of tears as several players offered their condolences. As big a loss as that may be for Notre Dame, the Irish cannot let that turn into a second loss today.

Gray leaves game with apparent leg injury

November, 19, 2011
11/19/11
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Jonas Gray took a nasty hit on his way out of bounds after a 3-yard catch, and it doesn't look promising for the senior.

Gray's leg was tended to by trainers on the sideline and he appeared to be on the verge of tears as teammates took their turns giving him hugs. Gray eventually hobbled off to the locker room.

Notre Dame leads 13-7 in the third quarter behind Gray's 26-yard opening-drive touchdown run. The senior was unheralded entering the season but has produced at a surprising rate, scoring 12 touchdowns in his past eight games, including at least one in each game during that stretch.

Gray had 11 carries for 61 yards and two catches for 15 yards Saturday before leaving the game.

End of first: Irish 10, BC 0

November, 19, 2011
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Another opening drive touchdown from Notre Dame had many thinking this would be another rout early, but the Boston College defense and punt coverage unit have given the Eagles a chance to stick around so far.

Jonas Gray added to his spectacular senior campaign by rushing for a 26-yard touchdown, his eighth straight game with a score and his 12th during that stretch. The Irish added a field goal on their second drive, but they have been pinned inside their own 10 to start their last two possessions.

Luke Kuechly and Manti Te'o have played their lead roles fittingly so far, recording six and four tackles in the first period, respectively. Kuechly added a tackle for loss as well.

The Irish defense has been the better unit thus far, however, allowing just 43 total yards of offense. Boston College's defense could do its offense a big favor by creating a turnover deep in Irish territory and taking full advantage of the field position game. Notre Dame will start from its own 17 when the second quarter begins.

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