Oct. 30, 2010
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BOSTON (AP)–Chase Rettig threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Montel Harris, Nate Freese made a pair of field goals and Boston College stopped a five-game losing streak by holding off Clemson for a 16-10 victory on Saturday.
It was the Eagles’ longest losing streak since 1998.
Harris ran 36 times for 142 yards for the Eagles (3-5, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Rettig completed 9 of 16 passes for 136 yards after throwing an interception for a score on the third play of the game.
Clemson running back Kyle Parker was 21 for 39 for 176 with two interceptions, both in the final quarter.
The Tigers (4-4, 2-3) had won their last two games.
Boston College, which trailed 7-0 after the third play of the game, led 16-10 at halftime.
The Eagles had a pair of close losses the previous two weeks, losing by three to Maryland and 24-19 at No. 16 Florida State.
Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed field goal attempts of 41 and 36 yards.
The Tigers had a pair of good scoring chances they wasted in the second half.
After Catanzaro missed his second field goal attempt of the game–a 36-yarder–midway into the third quarter, the Tigers moved right back into BC territory the next time they got the ball after stopping the Eagles on a three-and-out.
With a third-and-16 at BC’s 19 early in the fourth, Parker rolled right before lofting a desperation pass crossfield that was intercepted by corner back Donnie Fletcher.
Clemson moved into BC territory again midway in the fourth, but linebacker Luke Kuechley tackled tight end Dwayne Allen a yard short after he made a catch at the Eagles’ 32 on a fourth-and-7 play.
Kuechley sealed it by intercepting Parker at the Eagles’ 45 with 1:42 to play.
Trailing 10-3, the Eagles took advantage of a poorly timed roughing the passer penalty and a fumbled kickoff to score on consecutive possessions.
With a third-and-26 at the Tigers’ 39, Clemson linebacker Corico Hawkins was flagged for roughing Rettig on a short pass completion, giving BC a first down at the 24. The drive stalled, but Freese kicked his first 36-yard field goal, cutting it to 10-6.
BC’s Steele Divitto recovered a fumble at the Tigers’ 36 on the ensuing kickoff after Jamie Harper bobbled a bouncing kick. On the next play, Rettig hit a wide open Harris along the left sideline and he raced in for a score, diving in from the 1 just before being knocked out of bounds to make it 13-10.
Freese booted a 36-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to increase the Eagles’ lead to 16-10.
Rashard Hall had intercepted Rettig along the left sideline at Clemson’s 48 and raced untouched for a score 3:01 into the game, moving the Tigers ahead 7-0.
BC responded on the ensuing drive, going 70 yards in nine plays before being stopped inside the 5 three times. Freese kicked a 21-yard field goal to make it 7-3. The big play of the drive was a 40-yard pass from Rettig to Ifeanyi Momah, who leaped in front corner back Marcus Gilchrist at the 2-yard line.
The Tigers followed by going 64 yards in nine plays, taking a 10-3 lead on Catanzaro’s 31-yard field goal.
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