Boston College falls to Arizona 42-19

First-year coach Steve Addazio said Boston College has plenty to

be proud of after a remarkable turnaround season that included a

return to postseason play after a 2-10 record in 2012.

But the way things ended is undeniably disappointing.

Not much went right for the Eagles in a 42-19 loss to Arizona in

the Advocare V100 Bowl on Tuesday. Boston College running back

Andre Williams, the Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman finalist

who came into the game with 2,102 yards rushing, was held to 75

yards and one touchdown in his final collegiate game.

Boston College (7-6) kept things tight early, trailing just 7-6

midway through the second quarter. But Arizona scored two quick

touchdowns just before halftime to take a 21-6 lead and the Eagles

could never mount another challenge.

”The way we’re built right now, this year, we’re not built to

come back from three scores,” Addazio said. ”We’ve got to be on

schedule, or we start getting into things we don’t do best. It can

get out of whack.”

Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey took a decisive victory in a showdown

between two of the nation’s top running backs.

Carey rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns, getting stronger

as the game progressed. B.J. Denker threw for 275 touchdowns and

two touchdowns and also rushed for a 14-yard touchdown.

It was another impressive performance for Carey in what might be

his final college game. The 5-foot-10, 207-pound junior topped 100

yards rushing for a 16th straight game.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez had plenty of praise for Carey

before sneaking in a plug to campaign for a senior season.

”He’s the hardest runner in the country and I think he’s the

best running back in the country,” Rodriguez said before breaking

into a grin. ”And he’s still got some things to learn. So another

year and he’d be just right.”

Boston College (7-6) didn’t score a touchdown until Williams’

4-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Williams and Carey both

earned first team AP All-America honors this season, but the

expected duel never materialized.

”The biggest key for us defensively was tackling (Williams)

before he had the chance to get going,” Rodriguez said. ”We

wanted to tackle him early and be physical.”

Carey had plenty of help. Arizona (8-5) had 529 total yards and

scored 35 straight points to turn a tight 7-6 game in the second

quarter into a 42-6 blowout by early in the fourth.

Denker completed 17 of 24 passes while Nate Phillips caught nine

passes for 193 yards. Redshirt freshman Trey Griffey – the son of

former baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. – caught two touchdown passes,

including a 26-yarder just before halftime that gave the Wildcats a

21-6 lead.

Arizona’s six touchdowns tied an Advocare V100 Bowl record.

Rodriguez said the offense – and particularly Denker- played at a

high level for most of the day

”I know when a quarterback gets it like B.J,” Rodriguez said.

”He’s seeing everything – good and bad. He was really sharp

mentally and obviously, he showed his athletic ability on some of

those runs.”

Boston College could never get in sync offensively.

Williams looked ordinary against Arizona’s active defensive

line. The senior never had much of a chance, usually meeting a pile

of defenders right at the line of scrimmage.

”We had to execute at a high level and we failed to do that at

certain points.” Williams said.

The Eagles’ secondary struggled to contain Arizona’s receivers,

who repeatedly found space in the defense. Boston College’s Alex

Amidon caught 10 passes for 129 yards and Nate Freese made field

goals from 32 and 41 yards to cap a 20-for-20 season.

Both teams took to the air early. Denker completed 8 of 12

passes for 145 yards in the first half. Griffey’s two touchdowns

were the first of his career.

Boston College looked much less comfortable throwing. Chase

Rettig tossed two first-half interceptions, including one that

William Parks returned 69 yards for a touchdown.

”As I was running I heard the crowd getting real loud,” Parks

said. ”So I said `Oh man, I must have done something really


Denker was selected game’s Most Valuable Player on offense, and

Parks took defensive honors.

Carey had 116 of his 169 yards rushing in the second half. The

Wildcats pushed ahead 28-6 early in the third quarter after a long

drive ended with Carey’s second touchdown – a 5-yard run up the


”(Denker) started making unbelievable plays downfield and with

his feet, and then everything came open for me,” Carey said.


Follow David Brandt on Twitter: