CHESTNUT HILL -- Quarterback Everett Golson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the fourth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish improved to 10-0 with a 21-6 win over Boston College Saturday night at Alumni Stadium. The Irish, who barely beat Pitt in overtime last week at home, avoided the upset that No. 1 Alabama could not just hours earlier when Texas A&M went into Tuscaloosa, Ala. and shocked the Crimson Tide, 29-24. With Louisville also losing on Saturday, the Irish managed to remain just one of four unbeaten teams in FBS.
BC receiver Alex Amidon recorded 84 yards on six receptions, giving him 1,158 yards this year, passing Brian Brennan's mark set in 1983.
The Irish, who converted their first 10 third-down conversions on the night, took their first drive and marched 95 yards in 13 plays, finishing it when Golson ran it in from two yards out around the left tackle.
The Eagles answered with a long drive of their own, going 69 yards in 15 plays, ending with a 36-yard Nate Freese field goal on the opening play of the second quarter. Quarterback Chase Rettig completed a pair of screen passes to David Dudeck that drove the Eagles deep into Irish territory but Dudeck dropped a potential touchdown pass at the Irish 3 yard line, forcing the Eagles to settle for the field goal.
Notre Dame's only first-half miscue came when running back George Atkinson fumbled at the BC 26. Steele Divitto played a strong first half on the Eagles defense, getting several rushes on Golson while forcing and recovering the Atkinson fumble. But BC couldn't not convert it into points.
Notre Dame then spent the second half of the second quarter systematically killing clock and driving the field, ending in a 7-yard TD pass to tight end Troy Niklas with 26 seconds left before half, as the Irish took a 14-3 lead into the locker room.
The Irish then opened the second half the way the first half ended, driving 65 yards in nine plays, ending when Golson threw across the field to a wide open John Goodman from 18 yards out for a touchdown that increased Notre Dame's lead to 21-3.
Notre Dame didn't punt until its fifth possession midway through the third quarter. BC managed to cut the lead to 21-6 early in the fourth when Freese converted a 45-yard field goal. The Eagles defense forced and recovered their second fumble of the game midway through the fourth but as was the case in the first half, could not convert it into points. Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te'o intercepted Chase Rettig with four minutes remaining to seal any hope the Eagles had of an upset.
The Eagles fall to 2-8 on the season and return to ACC play next week when they host Virginia Tech before finishing the season at N.C. State on Nov. 24. Notre Dame now leads the all-time series 13-9 and have won the last four meetings in "Holy War" series, which began in Sept. 1975. For more, visit the BC Blog.
The boys get into the media and how they cover the Pats. It's not always easy covering Belichick and a team that will not give any substance to reporters, but things could be worse.
The guys discuss the upcoming week for the Patriots with the Bills coming to town.
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Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
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Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
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Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox DH, Big Papi, who provided the only offense for the Sox with a 2-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays
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Mike Lombardi discussed Bill O'Brien's tough night and Bill Belichick's approach to dealing with injured players.
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Glenn, Lou, and Christian are joined by Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk. He thinks Brady will eventually win out over Garoppolo, and Rex Ryan will be out of a job soon.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the surging Sox and their new mission of Playoff positioning.
We check in with the playmaker, hall of famer Michael Irvin breaks down the Pats win over the Texans and whether or not he'll be changing those Lombardi trophies.
Dale, Michael and Jerry spend the majority of our show breaking down an amazing win for the Patriots on Thursday night football.
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Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
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