Eagles Valiant in Defeat to Irish at Fenway

 

 

BOSTON (AP & und.com) - Taking over Fenway Park for a far-flung home game, the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish spent most of it on the BC side of the field, overcoming five turnovers to beat the Eagles 19-16 on Saturday night.

Three of the turnovers were inside the BC 5.

''It's like leaving runners in scoring position,'' Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in an interview room ringed by Red Sox pennants. ''There's only so many times you can do that. You can't go down there and not come away with points.''

DeShone Kizer completed 20 of 38 passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Chris Brown caught six passes for 104 yards, and Amir Carlisle had seven catches for 97 yards. C.J. Prosise ran eight times for 54 yards to reach the 1,000-yard milestone before leaving the game with an injury in the second quarter.

BC quarterback Jeff Smith ran for 100 yards, breaking free for an 80-yard run to make it 19-9 with about 10 minutes to play. He also hit Charlie Callinan from 3 yards out to make it 19-16 with 54 seconds left.

The Eagles (3-8) attempted an onside kick, but Irish safety Matthias Farley fell on the ball to clinch it and send BC to its seventh straight loss.


BC HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Boston College defense recorded five turnovers, the most since notching five against Villanova on Aug. 31, 2013. Senior Justin Simmons led the way with three forced turnovers – a forced fumble and recovery and two interceptions. Junior John Johnson intercepted a pass in the end zone on the Irish's first drive and classmate Matt Milano forced and recovered a fumble in the second quarter.
  • Freshman Jeff Smith scored on an 80-yard touchdown run, recording the longest play from scrimmage since Nov. 9, 2013 at New Mexico State when Andre Williams tallied an 80-yard touchdown run. He also connected with sophomore Charlie Callinan for a three-yard score with less than a minute to play.
  • Freshman Michael Walker career-long, 67-yard kickoff return to start the second half, which turned into a scoring play for the Eagles as classmate Colton Lichtenberg recorded a career-long 43-yard field goal to put BC on the board.


KEY PLAYS

  • Three points ended up deciding the 23rd meeting between the Irish and Eagles as BC scored with under a minute to play. Justin Yoon hit a 35-yard field goal with 10:35 in the fourth quarter, which turned out to be the difference in the game BC scored the final 13 points.


HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Irish scored on its second drive after Johnson stopped the first driving with his interception in the end zone. Justin Yoon connected on a 30-yard field goal with just under six minutes to play in the first quarter on an eight-play, 64-yard drive.
  • Yoon hit the upright on a 44-yard field goal with 30 seconds left in the quarter but a roughing the kicker penalty gave Notre Dame another chance. DeShone Kizer hit Amir Carlisle for a 10-yard touchdown pass to make it 10-0 as the first frame ended.
  • The Eagles got on the board on the first drive of the second half. Walker returned the kickoff 67 yards and Litchenburg nailed a career-long, 43-yard field goal to make it a 10-3 game.
  • Kizer connected with Will Fuller on a 32-yard pass to the BC 21 on third-and-eight to keep the Irish drive alive and after a nine-yard run by Josh Adams, Kizer hit Chris Brown in the end zone with a 12-yard pass. ND did not convert the two-point attempt to make it a 16-3 game.
  • Yoon increased the Irish lead with a 35-yard field goal with 10:35 to play in the game on an eight-play, 60-yard drive.
  • On the first play on the ensuing drive, Smith accelerated for the 80-yard TD run with just over 10 minutes to play in the game. The Eagles did not convert the two-point conversion and the score stood, 19-9.
  • The Eagles made it a three-point game on a Smith connection to Callinan for a three-yard score with 54 seconds to play. Lichtenberg hit the extra point but Notre Dame recovered the on-sides kick and the Eagles did not have enough timeouts to stop the clock before time ran out.