It’s not the reward he wanted, but Nick Clancy will take it.
The fifth-year Boston College senior desperately wanted a win on Senior Day at Alumni Stadium. It’d been a long, hard season, with losses far outnumbering wins, and Clancy and his classmates wanted to leave their final game in Chestnut Hill with a good taste in their mouths.
But Clancy and the defense weren’t able to stop Virginia Tech late in the fourth quarter and in overtime, and the Eagles once again came up short in a winnable game, 30-23.
On Monday, Clancy got a consolation prize when he was named ACC Linebacker of the Week for his performance in the loss, which dropped BC to 2-9 (1-6 in the ACC).
The 6-foot-3, 232-pound senior had a game-high 20 tackles (17 solo, 3 assisted), including 2.5 tackles for a loss, and two passes defended.
It was the second 20-tackle game of Clancy’s career, the first coming in the Plainfield, Ill., native’s semi-homecoming game at Northwestern (he had 24). He also won the ACC LB of the Week award for that performance.
Coming into the season, Clancy’s career high was 7 tackles in a single game, a total he has surpassed in eight of 11 games this season. With 127 stops in 2012, Clancy is the ACC’s leading tackler and ranks fourth in the country.
Clancy and the Eagles have one game left, at NC State on Saturday (3 p.m. ET, ESPN3).
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.