NC State falls to BC 14-10
North Carolina’s failure to beat a struggling team has left it
in a no-lose situation.
The Wolfpack lost to Boston College 14-10 on Saturday, and need
to upset No. 9 Clemson and beat Maryland in their final two games
to become bowl eligible for the second straight season.
”We have a big week ahead of us,” said quarterback Mike
Glennon, who fourth-down pass from BC’s 27-yard line in the closing
minutes was batted down. ”We’re playing one of the best teams in
the country and we know we have to win out, so we just have to
improve in all the aspects, finishing drives on offense, and get
ready. Backs against the wall now. We know it and we’re ready to
step up to the task.”
Glennon led his team to a third-quarter touchdown that cut an
11-point halftime deficit down to 14-10. But he then threw a
fourth-quarter interception in the BC end zone before his
fourth-down try was knocked down by defensive end Max Holloway with
”We couldn’t put the ball in the end zone,” said O’Brien,
whose defense held the Eagles (3-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference)
to minus-2 yards of total offense in the second half. ”We just
couldn’t make a play against their defense when we had to. That’s
what it came down to.”
O’Brien also felt it came down to a lack of leadership on his
young team, which fell to 5-5 and 2-4 in the conference.
”We have to be able to play consistent week in and week out,”
he said. ”You just can’t play a half. I mean, we played a half of
Starting quarterback Chase Rettig threw for a touchdown, backup
Josh Bordner ran for a score for BC.
Eagles linebacker Luke Kuechly finished with 18 tackles – nine
in the final 13 minutes – for his 32nd straight game with double
digits in tackles. He entered the game leading the nation with 150
after leading the nation with 183 last year.
”I think it was one of those things where I kind of figured out
what was going on and where they were trying to attack us,” said
Kuechly, who missed two plays early in the third after injuring his
right elbow. ”It took a while to figure it out, but I finally got
The Eagles are suffering through their worst season since going
4-7 in 1998 under O’Brien – now in his fifth season as head coach
at North Carolina State.
Rettig completed 9 of 13 attempts for 118 yards, and Andre
Williams carried 18 times for 61 yards.
Glennon was 28 of 40 for 220 yards, and James Washington had a
3-yard TD run for the Wolfpack.
Wolfpack corner back David Amerson extended a school-record with
his NCAA-leading 10th interception in the first half.
On the drive before its last one, North Carolina State started
at its own 18 with 13 1/2 minutes left and marched down to the
Eagles’ 23 before Donnie Fletcher picked off Glennon’s pass in the
”We drove down the field numerous times in this game, but we
never could punch it in,” tight end George Bryant said. ”That’s
just a credit to them and we’re going to go back to work and get
Boston College took the opening kickoff and marched right down
the field in five plays, grabbing a 7-0 lead when backup
quarterback Bordner scored on a 3-yard run off an option play. The
score came two plays after Rettig hit Alex Amidon with a 41-yard
pass along the left sideline, moving the ball to the Wolfpack’s
NC State, coming off a shutout win over rival North Carolina
last week, drove 61 yards in 13 plays on its first possession
before the drive stalled and Niklas Sade kicked a 32-yard field
goal. Glennon completed 7 of 8 passes for 60 yards with the only
incompletion a drop by T.J. Graham.
The Wolfpack had four first downs on their first drive of the
game, but only had three more until midway into the final
The Eagles improved their lead to 14-3 late in the first half on
Rettig’s 17-yard TD pass to Colin Larmond Jr. BC started with good
field position after Wil Baumann’s 24-yard punt gave them the ball
at their own 41. Rettig completed consecutive passes for a combined
23 yards and Williams carried six times – mostly up the middle –
for 16 yards.
Except for the final possession – which was a one-play kneel
down to end the half – BC went into NC State territory each time it
had the ball in the first half.
Washington’s scoring run cut it to 14-10 midway into the third
quarter. On a third-and-4 from the Eagles’ 38, Glennon lofted a
pass to tight end Quinton Payton that dropped in between four
Late in the first half, a fan wearing a No. 40 BC jersey ran
onto the field from the student section toward the line of
scrimmage. Wolfpack offensive tackle Rob Crisp knocked the male
intruder to the ground with his right arm before he got up and was
taken off the field by security.