Upsets are expected when Notre Dame and Boston College match up on the College Football gridiron. In 1993, #17 Boston College upset then #1 Notre Dame, 41-39, on a late field goal. After the Irish started 8-0 in 2002, Notre Dame fell to Boston College, 14-0. Boston College attempted to pull off another upset against the Fighting Irish.
On Notre Dame’s first drive, Everett Golson and company moved the ball 95 yards down the field for a score. The 13-play, 95 yard drive was capped off by a 2-yard Everett Golson touchdown run. This scoring play moved the Irish out to an early 7-0 lead.
Boston College threw the “kitchen sink” at Notre Dame’s defense. Early on, it kept the Irish off guard and on their heels. However, Notre Dame’s Defense tightened up in the red zone not allowing the Eagles a touchdown.
After Boston College kicked a field goal, Notre Dame moved the ball down the field again. This drive lasted 16 plays and went for 86 yards. It was capped by a 7 yard touchdown pass from Everett Golson to Troy Niklas. This pushed the halftime score to 14-3.
Notre Dame got their last score of the night on their first drive of the second half. Everett Golson scrambled right then left and threw the ball to a wide open John Goodman in the end zone. The play was reminiscent of a play that occurred against Michigan State between the Quarterback and Receiver. The touchdown made the score, 21-3.
Manti Te’o added another interception to his already impressive total. Will this improve his Heisman chances? Maybe. He is doing something from the Linebacker position that is almost unheard of. Te’o has recorded 5 interceptions on the season.
Boston College would add a field goal to finish out the scoring on the evening. Everett Golson was an efficient 16 of 24 passing for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Irish Quarterback added 39 yards on the ground. The Fighting Irish were led on the ground by Senior Running Back Theo Riddick. Riddick carried the ball 18 times for 104 yards. Tyler Eifert led the Irish in receiving with 6 catches for 67 yards. Notre Dame out-gained the Eagles 393-300.
Notre Dame did not add style points against the Boston College Eagles. This will not help with voters in the Coaches Poll and Harris Poll tomorrow. It is likely that when the BCS Standings are revealed on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m., the Irish will be on the outside looking in. Notre Dame will need to look better in wins versus Wake Forest and USC if they want to sway voters.
The most important thing for Brian Kelly and Notre Dame is that they focus on winning the game in front of them. So far, they have done that. They only have two more games to go to complete an undefeated regular season. No one at the beginning of the season saw this coming.