Notes: Amidon sets receiving yards record

November, 11, 2012
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NEWTON, Mass. -- Alex Amidon stands alone.

With 84 yards receiving on Saturday, the Greenfield, Mass., native wrote his name on the top line in another column in the BC record book.

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Matt Cashore/US PresswireAlex Amidon's six catches against Notre Dame brought his season total to 73, three short of Andre Callendar's BC record.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound wideout now has the most yards (1,157) of any receiver in a single season in Eagles history.

Amidon entered the night needing 77 yards to break the record, held by Brian Brennan (1,149 yards in 1983).

After the game, a 21-6 loss to No. 4 Notre Dame, was over, Amidon was asked about the accomplishment.

"I don't really have too much to say," he said. "Chase [Rettig] is playing phenomenal this year.

"The only thing that matters to me right now is 2-8. That's the only stat I'm worried about."

The loss to the Fighting Irish dropped the Eagles to 2-8 overall, with games against Virginia Tech and NC State left on the calendar the next two weeks. Amidon and his mates had been hoping to upset the undefeated, BCS-title aspirant Irish, saying it would make something of their season.

That didn't happen. But Amidon's record-setting season continued, even if at first no one wanted to talk about it.

"It's kinda been the same story all year," Rettig said. "Obviously statistically it's been a great year for a couple guys on our offense, but you've still gotta walk around campus with a loss. So it's not really significant to us.

"Everyone would vouch for that on our team. Alex would rather win and have zero touches."

BC head coach Frank Spaziani echoed that sentiment.

"It's a team sport," he said, "and it's good for them but it's a small consolation. If you ask them I'm sure they'd be happy to trade some of those yards and catches for wins."

That's undoubtedly true. But when the wounds of this season have healed, what will people point to as the reasons for Amidon's stellar season?

"I think he has a good quarterback," Rettig deadpanned, drawing laughs. "No, everything has been a credit to Alex. He's just never out of progression. Because he works so hard, he finds himself [a way] to get open. You saw it late in the game, messing around with DBs and getting open.

"He's taken a lot of hits this year and gotten up every time. Everyone should be congratulating him on his accomplishment. He's done really well and big things for his position as a wide receiver that's gonna go down in the history of BC. Hats off to Alex. He's what everyone who goes to BC should be like."

Clancy, Swigert out

Linebacker Nick Clancy, the Eagles' most prolific tackler, left the game in the second quarter with a concussion. Wideout Bobby Swigert, who missed the first three games of the season with a left knee injury, left the game in the third quarter with a right knee injury.

Neither player returned to the game. Clancy was replaced in the middle by sophomore Sean Duggan, and Swigert was replaced by senior Donte Elliott.

The senior linebacker leads the team in tackles with 107. Clancy's average of 11.89 stops per game ranks third in the nation, according to cfbstats.com.

In the first quarter, Notre Dame had a third-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Everett Golson kept the ball, running left along the line. Clancy met the Fighting Irish signal-caller at the goal line but couldn't stop him from falling forward into the end zone for the score.

With Clancy out, the Eagles had an exceedingly young linebacking corps.

"Obviously you miss ... them," Steele Divitto said of the loss of Clancy and absence of the injured Kevin Pierre-Louis. "But I think the other guys stepped up and played well."

Swigert had three catches for 23 yards and one carry for 9 yards before he was hurt.

Gashed by Golson

Golson, the Irish's sophomore quarterback, had a good day. He finished 16-for-24 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns, and added 39 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

"He's a good player, very dynamic," Divitto said. "He's definitely a playmaker."

It was Golson's third straight game with a rushing touchdown, and second straight week with at least 200 yards passing.

Flag day

The flags were flying in Chestnut Hill, and it had nothing to do with Veterans Day.

Entering the game, BC was the least penalized team in the ACC in terms of number of flags (34), penalty yards (285) and penalties per game (3.8) and penalty yards per game (31.7).

So of course the Eagles had four penalties in the first 30 minutes of play Saturday, costing themselves 20 yards. They finished with six flags for 40 yards.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, had eight flags for 65 yards.

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

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