BC looking ahead to Maryland
November, 18, 2013
By Jack McCluskey | ESPNBoston.com
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Two plays stood out for Steve Addazio when the Boston College coach watched the video of his team’s 38-21 win over NC State on senior day Saturday afternoon.
And while both of them involved Andre Williams, neither of them starred the record-setting back.
They came back-to-back in the third quarter, after NC State (3-7, 0-7 ACC) had used a trick play to score and cut the BC (6-4, 3-3) lead to 20-14.
Williams burst through the Wolfpack line, shook off three would-be tacklers and streaked for the end zone. Alex Amidon, his roommate and good buddy, threw a key block upfield and then sprinted after the back.
“Here is one of the leading receivers in the ACC, he’s at like 4.4 warp speed, running, chasing Andre,” Addazio said. “And then the ball gets hawked out at the 1- or 2-yard line and who’s right there to save that touchdown -- which may have been the biggest play of the game -- Alex Amidon.”
The next play that stood out came immediately after. Wanting to make it a two-touchdown lead, Addazio and offensive coordinator Ryan Day called for a two-point conversion. Chase Rettig started in the shotgun, with Williams next to him in the backfield.
Rettig took the snap and rolled right, Williams throwing a block on the defensive end and Rettig keeping the ball and curling up the right hash. With the defense closing fast, Rettig launched himself from about the 3-yard line and went full extension into the end zone -- where he was hammered by an NC State defender.
“We’ve got a quarterback that’s really doing an outstanding job of leading and managing our team right now,” Addazio said. “With great resolve, as you saw him diving across that end zone. He wasn’t gonna be denied that two-point conversion right there.”
Though he was slow to get up initially, Rettig shook off the blow, the Eagles got the win and are now bowl eligible for the first time since his freshman season in 2010.
“That was kinda my moment, where it didn’t matter who was in front of me,” Rettig said of the play postgame. “It was senior day and I needed to go get that conversion and go get those two points. That was awesome. I’ll remember that forever.”
But though Saturday’s win is a moment that will stay with the Eagles for a lifetime, they’re determined to make more moments in the last two weeks of the season and -- they hope -- in a bowl game.
“Great moments and all that, here we are on Monday and we’re game planning to get ready for Maryland,” Addazio said. “Maryland’s got a very, very good football team. Obviously they went down and beat Virginia Tech on the road at Virginia Tech, which is a hard thing to do.”
The Terrapins prevailed 27-24 in overtime, quarterback C.J. Brown running for the game-winning score in OT, to become bowl eligible themselves.
“We’ve gotta go on the road and we’ve gotta play them on the road at their place,” Addazio said. “They’re bowl eligible, we’re bowl eligible and ... there’s a lot at stake here right now. We’ve gotta have a great week of preparation.
“You go down the last two games here, you’re in a battle to keep your team healthy, you’re in a battle to keep your team firing at a high level, so you’ve gotta adjust your practices. We’re really looking forward to it. We had some great moments, but those weren’t defining moments. It’s time for us to go get win No. 7. It’s all about win No. 7.”
Williams, Patchan honored
For their performances in Saturday’s win, Andre Williams and left tackle Matt Patchan each received an ACC honor on Monday.
Williams rushed 42 times for 339 yards and two touchdowns -- setting new single-game and single-season rushing records for BC and the ACC in the process -- and was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week. He has an FBS-best 1,810 yards with two games to go.
Patchan, a graduate student transfer from Florida, was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after grading out at 92 percent with five knockdowns and two plus blocks, according to the ACC release.
As a team, BC ran for 420 yards, the most since it piled up 518 against UMass in 1973.
While pleased with the performances he’s gotten from his senior class lately, with Amidon also setting the BC career receiving mark two weeks ago against New Mexico State, Addazio isn’t satisfied.
“I told the seniors, your best days are still ahead,” he said. “If what you think you did yesterday seems big, you’ve done nothing today. This is all about continuing to strive for greatness, that’s what you’re doing as a team, as an individual, as a unit. That’s what we’re locked into right now.”
The BC football family got some sad news Sunday, when it learned that former linebacker Frank Chamberlin had passed away at 35.
“Our thoughts and our prayers are with his family,” Addazio said to open his weekly media session. “He was just one of those great people, great teammates and had a great passion for BC.”
Chamberlin, a Scanlan Award winner his senior season -- the highest honor given to BC football players, for scholarship, leadership and athletic ability -- is perhaps best remembered for a game-sealing fourth-down tackle against Syracuse in 1999 that clinched bowl eligibility for the Eagles.
That was the start of a 12-year stretch of consecutive bowl berths for BC.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.