Citing the potential for mid-season disarray, new Boston College Athletic Director Brad Bates hinted in a midweek interview with WEEI radio that he would wait until the end of the season before evaluating Frank Spaziani's credentials to continue as head coach of the Boston College football team. But after the Eagles' pathetic performance in a 51-7 loss to Florida State, he might have to reconsider his position.
Quarterback Chase Rettig and the BC offense needed just seven plays to drive down to the FSU 1-yard line before being stopped on four straight plays. Following the turnover on downs, FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel needed only six plays to drive the length of the field for the touchdown. From then on, the rout was on – with Chase Rettig's touchdown pass to Bobby Swigert, the Eagles' only score of the day.
In a match-up that was non-competitive throughout, the BC defense was gashed consistently – allowing 649 yards over four quarters. Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel put on a dominating performance as he passed for 439 yards and four touchdown passes while their rushing game contributed over 200 yards. Even more depressingly, both of Florida State's FCS (formerly known as 1-AA) opponents – Murray State and Savannah State – were able to hold the Florida State offense to fewer total yards.
But it was not just that the Eagles were completely outmatched for the majority of the game. It was as though Spaziani had given up on the team – burning clock from the third quarter onward. Spaziani's ultra-conservative strategy even drew the ire of ESPN commentator Brock Huard as he claimed, “Frank Spaziani isn't playing to win the game.” And if your coach is not trying to win the game, then there is no reason for him to be out there in the first place.