Boston College Eagles Win, (Insert Spiffy Cliche' Here)
Let the cliche's begin. With a name like Spiffy Evans, they're bound to pile up. Evans—who had four receptions for 53 yard and a touchdown, along with an 82-yard punt return for another touchdown—burst on the scene Saturday afternoon and helped Boston College get their first win of the season against the Maine Black Bears.
After a sluggish first quarter where Maine scored their first points against the Eagles since 1915, Evans was able to give his offense the spark they needed to get things rolling.
"I love giving my team that extra spark because once I scored, everyone was really into the game," Evans said. "You could see how bland the game was at first, but once you get a spark like that on special teams, there is no telling what our team will do on both sides of the ball."
Evans was able to put up some pretty impressive numbers, but the entire Eagles offense is a cause for concern. The Eagles first three drives resulted in a three-and-out and two turnovers. Down 3-0 early in the second quarter, Boston College was finally able to put points on the board. Quarterback Chase Rettig was able to connect with Evans on a three yard pass on 3rd and goal for Evans' first career touchdown.
The Eagles' defense forced a turnover on Maine's next drive giving their offense greatfield position. Rettig then took advantage and found Jonathan Coleman—also his first career touchdown—on a nice flag play towards the back left pylon putting the Eagles up 14-3.
"It was an inauspicious start," BC head coach Frank Spaziani said. "Those things are there. They need to be corrected. We are not going to be able to go the rest of the season, playing the schedule that we play doing that."
In their first two games of the season the Eagles have been able to put up some impressive offensive numbers. They've had 66 points and 922 yards with Rettig at thehelm but it's Rettig's passing efficiency that is a real worry. In two games, Rettig is 48-83 with a 57.8 completion percentage. Not a great start for his second full season as BC's quarterback.
"We didn't execute very well in the first half, at the beginning and different parts of the game," Rettig said. "We're not going to be able to afford to do that the rest of the year but we're going to get it fixed this week in practice and move on towards Northwestern."
The Eagles will look for revenge against the Northwestern Wildcats, who spoiled their season opener last year with a 24-17 victory at Alumni Stadium. It was one to forget for Rettig who went 24-44 for 351 yards and an interception. This year,Rettig will have to get his offense rolling early for BC to come away with the win.
"We're going to a different stratosphere now," Spaziani said. "It's a game that we need to go play well. We took some steps forward in areas, but we've got ten tough games coming up and we've got to get better."
Spaziani is right. They do have to get better. On Sept. 29, Clemson goes into Alumni Stadium for BC's biggest game of their season.
For BC to be competitive against Clemson, the Eagles offense will have to score early and often. Clemson has been on fire with quarterback Tajh Boyd, running back Andre Ellington and, by that game, stud wide receiver Sammy Watkins will be back.
Luckily for Spaziani and Rettig, they have Northwestern and a bye week to prepare for Clemson. I look for Rettig to exorcise his demons from last year's dismal performance against Northwestern and finally get his offense clicking.
Garrett Turner is a Contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.
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