Eagles come up short in Holy War showdown

In the 22nd installment of the Holy War, the Boston College Eagles suffered their eighth defeat of the season after a 21-6 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Eagles, now standing at 2-8 for the year, missed an opportunity to play spoiler of Notre Dame's undefeated season. The Irish now sit at 10-0 and are the third ranked team in the nation.

One bright spot was junior Alex Amidon's play as wide receiver and favorite target of quarterback Chase Rettig. He caught six passes for 84 yards in this latest battle of the Holy War. Amidon now has 1,157 yards for the season, setting a single season receiving record for BC.

Despite the end result, the Boston College players put forth a solid effort against one of the best teams in the nation. The defense, perhaps the weakest aspect of this year’s team, allowed only 21 points to a strong Notre Dame offense. The defensive unit also forced two turnovers and kept the game within reach for the Eagles deep into the 4th quarter.  Third down proved to be the Achilles heel of the defense, allowing the Irish to convert 11 times on 14 tries.

The offense also put together a decent game, although they were unable to find the end zone. With 300 yards of total offense, the BC offense had several chances to reach pay dirt, most notably in the first quarter when running back David Dudeck dropped what surely would have been an early BC touchdown. Despite the lack of scoring, BC had a chance to make it a one score game late in the fourth quarter before a tough interception thrown by Rettig all but ended any chance BC had of stealing the game from the Fighting Irish.

This loss increases BC’s losing streak to the Irish to four games, all under head coach Frank Spaziani. In the years prior to the Spaziani-era, BC had won six straight games against the Irish from 2001-2008 under former coaches Tom O’Brien and Jeff Jagodzinski. This extended losing streak to BC’s preeminent rival is just one of many indictments against Spaziani’s tenure as head coach of the football team and he has likely lost any chance of retaining his job after the season.

This was a tough loss to swallow for any and all BC fans, as Notre Dame has gotten the best of the Eagles for far too long. With the Holy War series not scheduled to resume until 2015, BC fans will be stuck with a bitter taste for several years to come. Until then, let’s hope that Brad Bates and the Boston College Athletic Department are hard at work revitalizing the football program in order to ensure that the Eagles are ready for the Irish once Notre Dame returns to Chestnut Hill.