Reeling BC visits sizzling ‘Noles in ACC road test
Boston College plans to start a freshman at quarterback Saturday
against the nation’s leading pass rush defense when it visits
16th-ranked Florida State in a matchup of teams going opposite
The Seminoles (5-1, 3-0 ACC) are riding a four-game winning
streak while the visiting Eagles (2-3, 0-2) have lost three
straight games in which they’ve been outscored 94-30.
Freshman quarterback Chase Rettig will make his second career
start for Boston College, lining up against a Florida State pass
rush that leads the nation with 26 quarterback sacks.
”It’s not an easy problem to say the least,” concedes Eagles
coach Frank Spaziani. ”The quarterback is where it all
Mike Marscovetra, who replaced Rettig in a 31-13 loss to Notre
Dame on Oct. 2, will be the backup Saturday with freshman Josh
Bordner in the wings if necessary. Last year’s starter, Dave
Shinskie, is out with a concussion.
Rettig started against the Fighting Irish but left the game
after he sprained his left ankle in the second quarter. He was 5 of
10 for 72 yards and a touchdown before being hurt.
He hopes that brief experience benefits him against the
”I feel like I can go out there a little bit more confident and
a little bit less nervous about what to expect,” Rettig said.
”You’re trying to tell yourself to focus on what your job
Rettig will be the third straight true freshman to start against
the Seminoles in Tallahassee. BYU’s Jake Heaps and Wake Forest’s
Tanner Price didn’t have much success, managing only 66 yards
passing between them.
Despite the uncertainty of its quarterback situation, Boston
College’s players are taking a nothing-to-lose approach to the
”We have to be, like coach Spaz says, ‘running scared,”’ said
defensive end Alex Albright. ”He explained it’s not scared, but
just kind of like your backs are against the wall.”
His teammate, Billy Flutie, agrees.
”It’s just another opportunity to take down one of the big
dogs,” said Flutie, the nephew of former Heisman Trophy winner and
Boston College icon Doug Flutie. ”We beat them the past couple of
years and I think we can do it again.”
And that alone worries first-year Florida State coach Jimbo
”They are still big and strong up front,” Fisher said. ”A
physical football team.”
Boston College pits its top-ranked run defense in the ACC
against the Seminoles’ veteran offensive line, which helped them
average 223.5 yards per game on the ground, mostly behind tailbacks
Jermaine Thomas and Chris Thompson.
And the Boston College defense, led by linebackers Luke Kuechly
and Mark Herzlich, will also have to contend with Florida State
quarterback Christian Ponder. He’s completed 60.3 percent of his
passes for 1,017 yards with 10 touchdowns and four
”You see what the maturity has done for the quarterbacks that
we’ve played the past couple of weeks,” Albright said.
Florida State’s defense will try to slow down Boston College
tailback Montel Harris. The former prep star from Jacksonville has
run for 300 yards and three touchdowns in victories over the
Seminoles the last two years. Those wins evened the series at