The Boston College Eagles came into the AdvoCare V100 Bowl with high hopes as they expected to ride the legs of Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams in a runner’s duel with Ka’Deem Carey of the Arizona Wildcats. As the game unfolded, it became very clear that Arizona had brought plenty more than just Carey to Shreveport, Louisiana, for this game and BC brought significantly less as the Eagles got blown off the field in a 42-19 loss to the Cats.
Boston College got off to a slow start offensively but were helped out by their defense standing tall against Arizona’s spread attack early on. A pair of early field goals for the Eagles pulled BC to within a point midway through the second quarter at 7-6 before the wheels came flying off for Boston College. Sparked by a Chase Rettig interception returned for a touchdown, Arizona would score 35 unanswered points to extend their lead to 42-6 early in the fourth quarter. BC would add a couple late garbage-time touchdowns to make the end result look a little better on the box score but it won’t make the beating they took sting any less.
Rettig was at the center of BC’s offensive struggles in this game, completing 17-of-27 passes for 204 yards with two interceptions, including the very costly pick-six in the second quarter. Receiver Alex Amidon finished the day with a game-high 10 receptions for 129 yards, but he was the only Eagle receiver to catch more than two passes or gain more than 15 yards. Even the Doak Walker Award winning Williams couldn’t get things going, rushing for 75 yards on 26 carries (a meager 2.9 yards per carry) with one touchdown as he failed to record a run longer than seven yards all day long.
Those offensive struggles only made the defensive lapses all the more glaring in this game. BC had no answer for Carey, who recorded his 16th straight game of 100-yards or more rushing, as he racked up 165 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns. Not to be out-done, senior quarterback B.J. Denker accounted for 325 total yards of offense on the day and three touchdowns and freshman receiver Nate Phillips set an Arizona school record for yards receiving in a bowl game with 194 yards on nine catches.
It was a full-team letdown for Boston College in this one as the Eagles came out flat against a high-powered offense that was ready to bring it. Now, Steve Addazio must look forward to 2014 as he tries to build some momentum off this dreadful bowl performance and find a way to get back to the postseason next December.