Despite an inspired effort, it was more of the same for Boston College football as they fell to Northwestern 22-13 yesterday, wasting yet another solid performance from quarterback Chase Rettig. He threw for nearly 300 yards and a touchdown while demonstrating his consistent ability to move the chains. However, the BC offense failed to establish any semblance of a run game, with Deuce Finch and Tahj Kimble rushing for a combined 40 yards.
On one hand, the scoreline might indicate that the game was tightly contested. BC kept the game within one score throughout the game – even taking the lead momentarily in the second half. However, the Northwestern offense moved the ball at will throughout the game as the BC defense was gashed for 560 total yards with 34 first downs allowed. The damage came both through the air and on the ground, with the BC defense allowing 267 and 293 yards respectively.
With a solid run game, Rettig could have been much more effective in the scoring column. Deuce Finch's fumble in the red zone was equally costly. In the end, turnovers, poor defensive performances, and failure to establish any sort of offensive threat outside of Rettig led to yet another early season loss.
The Eagles have a bye next week and will play Clemson at home for Parents' Weekend on September 29.